The Best Luxury Personal Shopper Shares Her Clients' Most In-Demand Designer Belts

Buckle up. There's a fierce appetite for this logo-less IYKYK accessory.

Best Designer Belts 2024
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If fashion is anything, it’s consistent in its ability to revive a trend once every decade. Designer belts are no exception. While the Hermés Constance Belt and Gucci's Signature G Buckle Belt will never really go out of style, there are other micro-trends that experience peaks and valleys. While the more-the-merrier sentiment is coming into favor in the footwear and hat categories, belts have shifted towards a preference for elusivity.

Personal shopper and designer sourcing extraordinaire Gab Waller explains that this year's top belt styles are not just difficult to identify; they're more of an "if-you-know-you-know" status symbol. As a fashion expert who uncovers hard-to-find designer goods for a roster of A-list clients like Khloe Kardashian, Lori Harvey, and Sofia Richie Grainge, she sees the trend as a continuation of people's enchantment with quiet luxury.

The appreciation for luxury belts with winking details is especially palatable for people who subscribe to brands like Khaite and The Row; Waller's high-level clients also seek out styles from the stealth wealth duo. The Row's inconspicuous Classic Leather Belt has been worn multiple times by Kendall Jenner and Jennifer Lawrence, while Khaite's leather studded The Benny Belt has sold out repeatedly and has inspired thousands of dedicated online reviews and styling videos.

With an increased demand for logo-free classics, less covert designers are also expanding their belt repertoire. Alongside Khaite—Ralph Lauren and Dion Lee participated in the studded belt category, leaning into the western trend resurgence, while Carolina Herrera and Christian Dior are backing narrow, barely-there styles that lend themselves perfectly to the double-belt look.

If you prefer a wider style to cinch all of your blazers and jackets, or you're comfortable somewhere between minimalist and maximalist accessories, Marie Claire, alongside Waller, can help uncover the best designer belts for you to shop right now.

Neutral Designer Belts

The Row; Backgrid; Celine

Models at The Row and Celine wear sleek leather belts with subtle gold hardware, while Jennifer Lawrence proves designer belts have real-life practical appeal.

(Image credit: The Row; Backgrid; Celine)

Belts with classic buckles are the repeat-wear accessory to start off your designer belt collection. Jennifer Lawrence, who swears by The Classic Belt from The Row and wears it often, is proof. Nili Lotan's neutral belt is also a great option, recently styled by Gigi Hadid to break up an all-black outfit. "[A classic designer belt] can be styled in so many different ways, and it has a long lifespan in your closet," says Waller. Meaning, this style is the most sound investment when you break down cost-per-wear.

Hardware-Clad Designer Belts

Model wearing studded belt on the runway at Ralph Lauren; Elsa Hosk wearing a Gucci belt; a model wearing a studded belt on the runway at Dion Lee.

Hardware-adorned belts were seen on the runways at Dion Lee and Ralph Lauren and on model Elsa Hosk. Depending on how you style them, they can tow the line between classic or edgy.

(Image credit: Ralph Lauren; Getty Images; Dion Lee)

Call it the Cowboy Carter effect, but embellished, Western-style belts are popular once again. Options adorned with either gold or silver hardware are a go-to for their ability to add instant interest to an otherwise simple look. Elsa Hosk subbed in a small Gucci buckle belt for jewelry, paired with essentials like a wide-leg jean and a trench coat. Waller mentions Khaite's The Benny Belt that fits into this category, but there are tons of other options from iconic designers like Tom Ford and lesser known, but equally great emerging designers like Paloma Wool.

Wide Designer Belts

a model wearing a brown thick belt at Alaïa; Sydney Sweeney in New York CIty; a model wearing a black belt at Ann Demeulemeester

Wider belts offer more than just a chance to keep your trousers up. They're the perfect way to accessorize a dress, as proven at Alaïa and Ann Demeulemeester, and styled alongside a full pale pink look on Sydney Sweeney.

(Image credit: Alaia; Getty Images; Ann Demeulemeester)

A signature from houses like Alaïa, known for their leather and laser cut styles, Waller says to think of a [wide] belt as a finishing touch that can add texture to an outfit rather than a full-out statement piece. Sydney Sweeney employed the waist-hugging accessory to accentuate a monochromatic look and like shoes, jewelry and handbags, Waller notes belts' have the instant ability to make or break an outfit.

Thin Designer Belts

A model wearing a purple belt on the runway at Carolina Herrera; Alexa Chung wearing a micro belt at the Miu Miu runway show; a model wearing a black thin belt at the Christian Dior runway show.

Thin belts are the delicate way to incorporate a designer piece into your rotation. Slimmer belts with smaller logos make them more wearable than ever before.

(Image credit: Carolina Herrera; Getty Images; Christian Dior)

Thin, delicate options are the perfect way to partake in the designer belt trend without shouting it from the rooftops. In line with Waller's clients' preferences, thin belts are a subtle designer accessory akin to a secret handshake that only astute fashion lovers with recognize. Unlike a wider designer belt style that strategically stands out, a narrow version adds just the right amount of depth to an outfit.

Meet The Fashion Expert

Gab Waller
Gab Waller

Gab Waller is an Australian entrepreneur, whose fashion sourcing service has fast positioned her on speed dial for celebrity clients and fashion fanatics around the world.

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.