My theory is that we tend to view this item as merely a practical addition to our outfits, used to cinch in too-loose jeans or give shape to a slouchy dress. But recently, I've had something of an epiphany, finally clocking on the aesthetic value of the humble belt. The truth is, this simple strip of leather can completely transform an ensemble. A statement buckle or intricately-embroidered strap might just take your look from drab to polished in seconds flat.
Lydia Tsegay wears Celine's bestselling Triomphe belt.
Because belts have an actual function (besides just looking good), they're worth investing in. Especially when there are so many beautiful and high-quality designer belts doing the rounds on Instagram—think Celine's Triomphe and Gucci's Marmont—proving their versatility in a wide spectrum of outfits.
That said, not everyone is willing to splurge on accessories, instead preferring to spend the bulk of their shopping budget on more substantial pieces like coats and knitwear. With this in mind, I've searched the web for well-made belts at three different price points. From playful western designs (hello, cow print!) to understated black-leather iterations, the belts below are well worth your attention.
1. Shop the Best High Street Belts
2. Shop the Best Mid-Range Belts:
3. Shop the Best Luxury Belts:
This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.