Must-have Spring Accessory: The Belt

May 1, 2012 by  
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Must-have Spring Accessory: The Belt

Updating your spring and summer wardrobe is a cinch this year. All it takes are a few well-chosen belts. If the statement necklace was last year’s must-have fashion accessory, the bold belt is 2012’s style essential. From skinny, neon waist-nippers to embellished corset-like hip-huggers, the belt was everywhere on the spring runways.

Embracing the belt can add shape and chic to the most humdrum outfit, says Phoenix stylist Fawn Cheng. “You can refresh a tired dress or an oversized top by cinching it with a brightly colored belt,” she says. The smocked tee that feels about as sexy as a tablecloth? The boho peasant blouse you wore to death last summer and now seems as fresh as expired milk? “They’re both scorning to be tuned into new silhouettes with an eye-catching belt,” says Cheng.

Belts are also crafty accessories when it comes to flattering your figure. If you’re short-waisted, sporting a low-slung belt will create the illusion of an elongated torso. Try a chain-link version for a modern look. Long-waisted? Balance out your proportions with a wide belt worn at your waist.

Here are four belts you’ll want to add to your warm-weather wardrobe:

1. Glitzy. Skinny or wide, elasticized or leather, the statement belt of the season features a bold medallion buckle in plated or hammered gold, silver or brass. Cheng likes to see the wide version worn high on the waist — right under the rib cage — to add edgy glamour to a body-conscious dress. Or put a slimmer medallion belt through the loops of your flared jeans or trousers for understated elegance. The Italian designer Balmain offers a half dozen takes on this signature piece, ranging from $800 to more than $3,000. You can find stylish alternatives at stores like Urban Outfitters and Zara for a tiny fraction of that price.

2. Colorful. “Shocking sorbet” is what Cheng has dubbed this season’s collection of belts in vivid hues — fuchsia, tangerine, baby blue, coral and chartreuse. They’re the perfect way to introduce color into a neutral or all-white outfit. Or, to update a preppy look, consider a neo-neon combination like a carnation pink cardigan punctuated with a lime green patent-leather belt.

3. Safari-inspired. For spring, Michael Kors showed his version of what a chic woman might wear while enjoying cocktails at a luxe gaming lodge. Models strutted down the runway in animal and camouflage prints — and utilitarian colors like khaki, olive and brown — all in supple fabrics. The standout accessory was his fashion-forward interpretation of the frumpy fanny pack: a gorgeous burnished leather strap slung twice around the waist — once through the belt loops and then just below — tied on one end and with a small leather purse on the other. The purse-belt is perfect for hands-free toting of your essentials. Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Fendi, Hermes and Yves Saint Laurent are all offering their luxe take on the belt bag. You can also find affordable versions from LeSportsac and, of course, Michael Kors.

4. Corset. Thick, waist-cinching belts show off a woman’s ladylike curves. They’re an edgy match — especially in metallic — for the peplum skirt you’ll be wearing this spring and summer. You’ll also find casually playful versions in more forgiving woven leather. These look smashing with a traditional trench, a structured jacket, or high-waisted trousers and a white shirt. Corset belts might be a fleeting trend, so you probably don’t want to make this an investment piece. Instead, have a fling with an inexpensive option from a store like Forever 21 or Anthropologie.

Photo: Getty Images

By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy



Celebrity Copycat: Get Sophia Bush’s Look for Under $100!

June 2, 2009 by  
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 The adorable Sophia Bush looking Summer chic in a gray tunic with belt, denim shorts and flip flops.  Get Sophia’s laid back look for less!

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Asymmetric Sleeve Tee-Shirt – $32 at Yesstyle.com
Flower Child Hobo Bag – $24.99 at Target.com
Polished Round Belt – $8.80 at Forever21.com
Roll Cuff Women’s Shorts – $19.99 at Tillys.com
Flip Flops – $5 at Oldnavy.com

Celebrity Copycat: Get Vanessa Hudgens Look for Less!

May 11, 2009 by  
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Vanessa Hudgen looking adorable from head to toe as usual.  Get Vanessa’s look for less!

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Aviator Sunglasses – $13.49 at Target.com

Bead trim Dress – $16.90 at Forever21.com

SO Beaded Cuff Bracelet – $8.40 at Kohls.com

Beaded cross Necklace – $4.80 at Forever21.com

Brozek Wedge Platform – $80 at Aldo.com

Loose Braided Belt – $39.50 at Delias.com

Celebrity Copycat: Kourtney Kardashian’s Look for Less

March 25, 2009 by  
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Simple and beautiful!  Get Kourtney Kardashian’s look for less!

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Grey Antics Strapless Dress – $108 at Urbanoutfitters.com

Platform Peep Toe Heel – $26.50 at Wetseal.com

Carlene Bracelet Set – $6.80 at Forever21.com

 Skinny Patent Belt – $19 at Spiegel.com

Celebrity Copycat Deluxe: Gisele Bundchen

March 12, 2009 by  
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These are my favorite types of copycat’s to do! Oh how I love the versatile oufit’s that let you pull together a clean-cut look for the daytime and, when night comes calling, let you morph into a fab-mode by simply switching out a piece or two (see below for some options).  

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Lightweight Color-Block Scarf – $59 at Bananarepublic.com

Basic Slub Top – $5.80 at Forever21.com

Gathered Drawstring Purse – $19.99 at Charlotterusse.com

“The Girlfriend” Flared Jeans – $12 at Oldnavy.com

Unlisted Main Attraction Ballerina Flat – $45 at Zappos.com

Babydoll Sunglasses – $7.50 at Wetseal.com

Hardware Studded Belt – $9.99 at Charlotterusse.com

 

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AK Anne Klein Kahn – $39.97 at Piperlime.com

Women’s Essential Pencil Skirt – $25 at oldnavy.com

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrity Copycat: Cameron Diaz

February 27, 2009 by  
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LOVE LOVE LOVE Cameron Diaz’s fresh look.  It has just a touch of frump and a whole lot of style.

H81 Cabled Turtleneck Sweater – $12.99 at Forever21.com

Marine Blue Skinny Jeans – 2 for $55 at Pacsun.com

Split White Belt – $24 at Pacsun.com

Diamond Quilt Flat – $54.11 at Endless.com

Chantel Button Hobo – $34.50 at Delias.com

Beaded Wrap Bracelet – $5.80 at Forever21

Precious Metal Bracelet – $2.80 at Forever21.com

Celebrity Redo: Gwyneth Paltrow

February 24, 2009 by  
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Believe it or not, I actually like the way Gwyneth Paltrow looks in this outfit (but it could be better! ).  So I decided to break down the outfit and replace it with pieces that are not only more flattering, but also more versatile.  Take for example the slacks:  I chose slouchy slacks so you can roll ’em up (like Gwyneth) but wear them with flip flops for the summer, or with a crisp white shirt to the office.   The cowl neck sweater would play perfectly against a line skirt, jeans or even a cute pair of shorts in the Spring.  When it comes to those gorgeous boots, which I absolutely love, the possibilities are endless and I can definitely envision them adorning a variety of dresses, shorts and skirts.  Lastly,  let’s not forget the pleated knit coat, which (like the peacoat it so clearly resembles) will never go out of style and always have a spot in your closet.

Pleated Knit Coat – $32.80 at Forever21.com

Cowl Neck Stripe Sweater – $48 at Ardenb.com

AE Clean Chino – $39.50 at AE.com

Zen Slouch Boot – $89.99 at Bakers.com

Covered Pyramid Stud Belt – $6.80 at Forever21.com

Celebrity Copycat: Katie Holmes

January 20, 2009 by  
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Nice to see Katie Holmes dressed her age for a change! Get Katie’s look for less…………

Medium Blue Destroyed Skinny Jean 2 for $55 at Pacsun.com

Deena and Ozzy Wide Belt – $34.99 at Urbanoutfitters.com

Steve Madden Kobraa Flat – $49.90 at Endless.com

Mercer Long Sweater – $57.50 at Lulus.com

Karolina Satchel – $22.99 at Payless.com

Supersoft Button T – $22 at Gap.com

Skip Black Sunglasses – $15.50 at Pacsun.com

Target’s GO International Private Label 5 Preview

January 7, 2009 by  
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The word is out on Target’s next GO International line, which is designed in-house.  The collection will make its debut on February 1st, with prices ranging from $16.99 to $49.99.  As Target  puts it, the line has a “distinctive urban edge and feminine-inspired drapery….that embodies the spirit of a rock goddess.”  To me, it looks fun and cost-effective!
Check out some of my favorite……….

Click here to see entire collection

Transitioning Your Summer Dresses For Fall

August 17, 2008 by  
Filed under Fashion Tips & Finds

This Fall instead of storing your frilly summer dresses transition them with a few simple key pieces.
1. Shrugs are a good way to add a touch of warmth to your favorite flowery dress.
2. Wrap sweaters will flatter your shape and are a good alternative to a jacket.
3. Tights will keep your legs warm and add character.
4. Layering a white fitted shirt to a spaghetti strap dress will give it a more polished look.
5. Thin belts help give last season’s cardigan a new look.
6. Open-toe shoes give tights a refreshing look.

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