Fashion & Accessories

By Yasmin Jorge

A simple fashion staple in all closets – belts. However, style mavens know these venerable cords ground outfits, complete looks, and convert ensembles in a cinch. Whether sleek and skinny, embellished and wide, leather or man-made, belts enhance our fashion statement and summarize our outlook for the day through night.

Straight, twisted, braided, chained, and more, belts are long masterpieces. Here are a few exciting ones to add to your wardrobes. And they barely take up extra room in NYC apartments.

Cole Haan leather belts are as divine as their shoes, pretty and functional too. The Village Double Ring Belt features custom shiny nickel hardware and iconic circular buckle. It comes in black, chocolate, red or white soft-pebbled leather. The Genevieve Braided Wide Belt boasts an intricate artisan weave and stitched border. Custom buckles are either brushed or polished and come in nickel, brass, or gold. Colors available include black, saddle, and sunflower. These are strong looking belts that will add a touch of cowgirl ruggedness to a sweet flouncy dress or motorcycle bravado to those fitted rebel jeans.

http://www.colehaan.com

Ralph Lauren’s country-like Lauren line also offers belts sure to complement billowy feminine frocks. These are wide dramatic styles that will secure fabrics in any breeze, whether by the seashore or subway platform. The brown and cream leather Woven Belt adds yummy Boho chicness to any outfit. It pairs well with an oversized raffia hat and straw tote. The golden nylon Woven Cord Belt with gold D-ring closure and hardware lets a gal look both earthy and glamorous instantly. Think Marilyn Monroe barefoot in Central Park

http://www.ralphlauren.com

When a fashionista wraps a Michael Kors belt around her waist, she’s transported from busy urban street to catwalk. The Reversible Leather Belt is most versatile – smooth black leather on one side, tawny leopard print on the other, and logo embossed hardware exude sharp style. The Skinny Studded Gold Belt is another winner, surrounded by vicious gold studs and gold tag logo. These are fierce and sexy belts that pump up the volume to all looks at any hour. Like a modern Barbarella, wear them with edgy confidence to accentuate dangerous curves.

http://www.michaelkors.com

These belts from Cole Haan, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors are available at major retailers nationwide, such as Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and more.

Cute, comfy, and useful, the invisibelt™ is a flat adjustable plastic belt that provides a slimming and smoother effect when worn with pants and skirts. The invisibelt leaves no ugly belt buckle budges or annoying backside gaps, whether you’re a size 0 or 14. The new Glamour line, in gold or silver lace pattern, looks especially nice with snug tops and jeans in all hues and styles.

And for gals with classic hourglass shapes or occasional weight fluctuations, the invisibelt is an affordable alternative to pricey alterations. So go ahead and buy that designer denim that fits great at the hips but big on the waist. Say adios to sags and adjust.

The invisibelt is available in more options and colors, such as skinny, clear, black, sterling, candy pink, and more. The belts are sold at numerous stores and pharmacies nationwide. Visit http://www.invibelt.com to order online or find a store nearby.

Originally published July 2011
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