Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Essential Accessory: the Belt

The belt has been a must-have accessory for the past few seasons, and this Fall it's still going strong.  And while you can shell out the big bucks for a designer's latest waist-cincher, you don't have to.  Depending on what you're looking for, you can get away with spending next to nothing. 

If you want to add a trendy belt to your wardrobe, go to a store like Forever 21 or Target to find maximum style for minimum cost.  This season, look for belts embellished with harware or studs, like the one pictured from Forever 21.  Or, if you want to add some day-glow color into your wardrobe without being mistaken for a sno-cone, pick up a bright belt.  This one from Target is a steal for $12.99. 

If you want a classic belt that will outlive the trends, consider investing a little more money.  A skinny belt in a neutral hue is a great go-to piece to dress up a cardigan or change the silouhette of a dress.  Similarly, a wide belt can give shape to a tunic or accentuate your curves when worn over a pencil skirt.  The belts pictured are from J.Crew and Ann Taylor, and both are under $60, which is a great deal considering how much use they'll get. 

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