Do you want a designer look on a budget? Save with a designer belt. This little piece makes the biggest difference. I’ve loved fashion my entire life and have always been inspired by the designer world within it, but buying designer pieces on a retail sales income isn’t very realistic. The trick to getting a designer look on a budget is all about the mix. Designer belts are good introductory designer price points, can be worn all year, and don’t wear out as fast as clothes. You don’t have to have a tiny waist to pull them off. There is a style that will work for every body style from long and lean to busty and short-waisted. Look.
LONG WOVEN DESIGNER BELT
Off-White belts are the most affordable designer belts out there and the ultimate cool-girl accessory. This one -size -fits -all accessory can be styled in so many ways. Here are a few of my favorite ways, using my green Ganni belt. They are easy to recreate. Save this for reference.
WAYS TO WEAR
This Tory Burch large square scarf for $158 can be styled in almost as many ways as this restocked Ralph Lauren striped shirt $128. My favorite white jeans $169 with raw hem and leopard bag $398 are styling staples. Jelly shoes are back. Snag these red sandals for only $29.99 now. They are the perfect pair with the red Ganni belt $50
Start with classic Levis $98, a white tank $29.50, and one button linen blazer $89.50, my favorite David Yurman hoops $375, and right-hand ring $500. The red Ganni belt for $50 is your pop. These Marc Fisher sandals $59 are the perfect heel for any outfit. This two-tone Gucci handbag for $2490 is such a great investment and really goes with everything.
Your waist can be wherever it needs to be in this crisp white shirt dress for $79. Complete the outfit with updated neutral accessories like these square toe nude sandals, an oversized tortoise chain link necklace for $118, and matching hoops for $48. Make it pop with this Kurt Geiger crossbody bag $225
GO TO GUCCI BELT
Here I’m wearing the 1.5″ size with my trendy $22 Target jeans and baby blue button up. If you are short-waisted, larger busted, or don’t have much of a waist, consider the .8″ size. It won’t take up as much real estate in the space you don’t have it to spare.
WAYS TO WEAR
Get you bang for your buckle too. Wear this style with a dress or
It doesn’t get easier and looks more effortless than a little black dress with an iconic Gucci Marmont belt $360. This updated shoulder maxi dress from Frame $195 comes in 3 great neutrals. My favorite light-weight Tencel jacket is $282. Save big on a fun summer wicker purse for $109, fake snake sandals for $29.99, and Celine look alike sunnies for $14.95. Invest in timeless 14k gold hoops $395 you’ll have forever.
This casual combo is a slam dunk for style. This Ageless graphic t-shirt for $85 looks great with a skirt too. Snag my favorite vintage cutoffs $128 before they sell out, again! I personally love a little short with a thin belt. This.8″ Gucci Marmont $360 comes in 11 variations. This fedora for $39.50 is packable. Wear it with your new Celine sunglass dupes for $14.95 instead of $460. Quilted shoes are a must this season. Try these black slides for $49.99 and a matching lightweight tote for $225, a client favorite.
This grey Frame jean for $218 looks good on everyone and pairs perfectly with this shallow scoop neck white t-shirt for $29.50 and updated cotton cropped cardigan for $24.99. These chic slides $99 come in 12 colors. This Gucci crossbody $1200 is a great size and the introductory price for a Gucci bag to match your belt $360. Sunnies $14.95. Madewell’s gold jewelry is an inexpensive go-to and its metal matches the Gucci buckle perfectly. Stacking necklace $48. Earrings $28.
WHAT SIZE TO BUY
The most popular question I am asked about buying belts; ” What size should I buy?”. The trick is getting one that you can wear through the loops of your lowest-rise jeans or around your waist.
If you’re more of a visual learner. Here is an IGTV video on belts I made.
HOW TO MEASURE
- Take a soft tape measure through the loops of your lowest rise jeans.
2. Measure around your natural waist.
If you can’t get your hands on a soft tape measure use wrapping ribbon or dental floss and hold finished lengths up to a ruler.
3.Convet to centimeters. Most designer belts us that instead of inches.
4. Find a size that works for your biggest and smallest number. Belts are measured to the middle hole.
5. Size up. If you can’t find your ideal size, size up. You can always buy a bigger size and have a cobbler punch an extra hole or shorten from the buckle end.
MOSCHINO LEATHER BELTS
The magic of Moschino is all the different ways this belt without a buckle can change a look.
The 1.5″ size is great for covering an ugly elastic waist.
Swapping out your free fabric belt for a Moschino will make your outfit look more expensive.
No waist. No problem. Just add a magic Moschino.
WAYS TO WEAR
This linen-cotton lavender blazer $178 and matching shell $59.50 is a dream over this skirt $128. Belt it with a wide $315 or thin $265 white belt depending on your shape. The smaller your waist, the wider the belt can be. Know when to splurge and when to save. Diamond cross necklace $700. Jelly purse $23. These white slides $59.99 are the perfect heel.
Go back to the basics for an easy outfit. White jeans $169, white belt $315, striped t-shirt $19.50, Gucci crossbody $1200, and nude mules $69.95. How fun is this “Friday” pullover $70? You can get good gold hoops for $395 and these Chloe lookalike sunnies for $13.99 for less than a new pair of Chole sunglasses. If you like navy blue get this fedora with the navy band for $19.97.
Light wash denim is on-trend and so is this darling natural waist paper bag skirt $50. This skirt and belt for $315 look great with a traditional twinset in this season’s hottest color. Shell $59.50. Cardigan $85. Don’t forget to Refresh your Whites starting with a new pair of white sneakers for $99.95. Chloe lookalike sunnies $13.99. Gold hoops $395. Gucci crossbody $1200.
SAVE WITH A DESIGNER BELT – SHOE COLOR COMBO
Let a matching shoe and belt be your starting point. Wear any of the pieces above like a blazer, jeans, or a dress in neutrals and you’re set.
CHANEL CHAIN BELT
Chanel accessories are my favorite. A chain belt is a great investment. Plus who doesn’t love buy one get one free accessories? If you are local to the greater Sacramento Area or a current personal client of mine, you can shop Panache on H St. for the best authentic designer Chanel accessories anywhere. Here are a few of my favorite.