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Top 5 Ways to Style a Belt August 8, 2019

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Top 5 Ways to Style a Belt, Manhattan, New York

Belts have long been considered functional fashion accessories. Typically used to create definition or tighten a pair of too-loose pants, this ubiquitous wardrobe piece can be styled in various ways. If you’re looking for ideas on how to wear that new belt, here are a few ways you can style it to make a statement.

Belt Styling Tips

1. Cinch Boxy Silhouettes

Oversized tunics, cardigans, and jackets are both trendy and comfortable. If you want to minimize the boxy look, however, you can slip a belt around your waist. For this to work, create some balance by pairing a slim belt with a voluminous piece. The effect is less overpowering and more polished than having a thicker belt.

fashion2. Transform White Outfits

Bold, colorful belts can transform the appearance of classic white clothing. If you want to add a pop of color to an all-white outfit, reach for a belt in a bright hue. Take fashion inspiration from the style of your pieces. If you’re wearing a white maxi, for example, then a gold chain belt contributes to the Grecian-influenced look. If you have on a white sleeveless shirt dress, a navy belt adds a playfully nautical finishing touch.

3. Dress Up Work Shorts

If you’re looking for a style to wear to work, dressy shorts may be a solution. To make them appropriate for a corporate setting, add a sleek belt and blazer to the mix. The effect is fashionable and put together, and you can even transition it to the after-hours by ditching the jacket. 

4. Break Up Jumpsuits

The ever-popular jumpsuit is a women’s clothing favorite for its simplicity and comfort. You can create a different look with more dimension by pairing yours with a belt. If you’re wearing a solid jumpsuit, opt for something in a contrasting color to create a bold look. If you’re wearing a pattern, pick a belt in one of the shades from the print to make it look seamless.

5. Elevate Your Denim

A pair of jeans always looks great on its own, but wearing a belt is a fun way to make it look like you put in more effort. Use the silhouette of your bottoms as your cue for selecting the belt type. For example, a low-slung black belt looks right at home with a pair of baggy jeans. Try a skinnier belt if you’re wearing boyfriend jeans to nail the proportions. 


Deriving inspiration from the 1970s, Mannequin Concepts is the leading fashion source for chic, unisex clothing in New York City and the Tri-State Area. From belts and dresses to jumpsuits and jackets, their collection of men’s and women’s fashion and accessories is as diverse as it is stylish. You’ll feel both comfortable and confident in these androgynous, forward-thinking pieces. They even ship internationally! View some of their leather belts online or call (917) 940-9155 to ask about their stock.