To me, the skinny belt is a timeless wardrobe staple with endless appropriateness. It makes a different statement than a thicker, more traditional belt and contributes geometrically to an outfit in a markedly different way. I love how the skinny belt effectively breaks up an outfit while also being the perfect accessory to seamlessly tie it together. For example, I spotted this Fashionista’s and absolutely loved how it complemented yet also diversified her ensemble.
Most noticeably, the awesome turquoise of this Fashionista’s belt adds an interesting element to the array of dark blue denim and dusty taupe. Because it’s in the form of a skinny belt, the turquoise provides enough color to create contrast, while not being overbearing enough to substantially over-break up the outfit. The width of the belt allows one’s attention to be drawn to this Fashionista’s waist in a flattering way (who doesn’t love that?). It is an understated, yet it’s focal point of her outfit, which exemplifies the functionality of a skinny belt.
For years, I have always found myself going back to J.Crew for skinny belts—they have spot-on colors (trendy and classic) with hardware traditional enough to make the belt timeless. I cannot get enough of this neon azalea pick for spring. I also love a good leopard accessory that’s somehow also neutral, like this patent leopard belt from Tobi (only $13!). I would die for this beautiful classic Ferragamo skinny belt, while kate spade and Lilly Pulitzer make similar bow-adorned skinny belts. These are cute and functional enough to spruce up a cocktail dress!
Spotted: Tom Ford embraced the formal functionality of the skinny belt by pairing them with overcoats in fall 2012. Juicy Couture also had a trend of bold skinny belts and cocktails dresses in fall 2012.