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.
Nobody does Western accessories like Isabel Marant. This jacquard woven belt is unlike anything you already own.
The ornate buckle detailing on this suede belt from Free People makes it an instant classic.
Kate Cate has some of the best Western belts in the game. This one pairs perfectly with a long floral dress.
Known for her Southwestern jewelry and accessories, Vicki Turbville is at the top of her game. Throw this '70s beauty over your favorite dress.
Owned by sisters, this brand pays homage to the craftsmanship of Native American artists.
The antique buckle on this lambskin belt makes a statement.
Layer over a floral dress for day or a black dress for night.