Yes—a Western-Style Belt Is an Essential Wardrobe Piece

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A Western-Style Belt Is an Essential Piece
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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

You may not think a Western-style belt is an essential wardrobe piece, but both American and European fashion designers say otherwise. Season after season, cowboy motifs serve up endless inspiration for some of our favorite designers, from Ralph Lauren and Maria Grazia of Dior to Anna Sui, and Western-style belts are frequently spotted on the runways. Style a rugged leather belt with a flowy dress to cinch the waist, or throw one on with a pair of cutoffs and a low-heeled boot. Alternatively, make a statement with an extra-large buckle or added fringe detailing. While you may not be able to fully embrace your inner Kissin' Kate Barlow right now, you can still channel her energy. Here are some of our favorite picks.

Katie Attardo

Katie Attardo is the Accessories Editor at Marie Claire, covering all things fashion and jewelry-related.