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

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western belts
Robert Nethery

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.

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1 Etko Fringed Jacquard Belt
Isabel Marant net-a-porter.com

Nobody does Western accessories like Isabel Marant. This jacquard woven belt is unlike anything you already own. 

2 Black Rock Western Belt
Free People freepeople.com

The ornate buckle detailing on this suede belt from Free People makes it an instant classic.

3 Regina Belt
Kate Cate kate-cate.com

Kate Cate has some of the best Western belts in the game. This one pairs perfectly with a long floral dress. 

4 Light & Easy Vintage Concho Belt
Vicki Turbeville vickiturbeville.com

Known for her Southwestern jewelry and accessories, Vicki Turbville is at the top of her game. Throw this '70s beauty over your favorite dress.

5 Brown Belt With Conchos
Jessie Western jessiewestern.com

Owned by sisters, this brand pays homage to the craftsmanship of Native American artists. 

6 Oval Concho Buckle Belt
Ariat zappos.com

Perfect for anyone looking for a pop of color. 

7 Marta
Deborah Drattell deborahdrattell.com

The antique buckle on this lambskin belt makes a statement.

8 Fringed Leather Belt
THE KOOPLES selfridges.com.us

Layer over a floral dress for day or a black dress for night. 

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