Manual of Style: Belts

Accessories and outfits for under $500

model in black leggings and a white trench cinched with a black belt
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Sarah McColgan
101 Fashion Ideas: Belts
Sexy waist on your wish list? A cinch with bows, girdles, and ribbons. Trench, $169, Kenneth Cole Reaction; leggings, $26, American Apparel; belt, $39.50, Express.
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Sarah McColgan
101 Fashion Ideas: Belts
Skinny: We're keen on lean, superlong belts wrapped haphazardly around the waist (not the hips!). Dress, $325, DKNY; belt, $155, The Jack Rabbit Collection.
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Sarah McColgan
101 Fashion Ideas: Belts
"Belts are a spend-little/gain-lots way to adapt on outfit from one event to the next." -Marie Claire Fashion Director Tracy Taylor. Pattern belts: A striped or paisley belt looks right with white and solids but overdone with other patterns. Shirt, $99, pants, $99, Liz Claiborne; sunglasses, $350, Leyla by Oliver Peoples; belt, $48, Rampage Belts.
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Sarah McColgan
101 Fashion Ideas: Belts
Anorak, $39.99, Proenza Schouler for Target; shirt, $68, shoes, $108, belt, $38, Banana Republic; jeans, $59, Levi's; ribbon scarf, $20, M&J Trimming.
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Sarah McColgan
101 Fashion Ideas: Belts
What's sexier than a leather corset with a poetic blouse and tailored pants? Shirt, $64, Lucky Brand Jeans; skirt, $98, To The Max; gloves, $125, LaCrasia Gloves; belt, $235, The Jack Rabbit Collection; necklace, $500, Mauri Pioppo.
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Sarah McColgan
101 Fashion Ideas: Belts
Dress, $88, BCBGirls; ribbon, $4.98, M&J Trimming; ring, $48, Allison Daniel Designs.
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Sarah McColgan
101 Fashion Ideas: Belts
Rope: Nautical belts are meant to look laid-back. Wear slung low on your hips, never tightly cinched. Tank, $28, Banana Republic; shorts, $34, Dockers; belt, $32, Rampage.

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