Just like any other accessory, you have to step up your fashion game every once in a while. The days of the basic belt are long gone. This season, many fashion designers like Alexander McQueen, Celine, Micheal Kors, Matthew Williams, Emilo Pucci, and Joseph Altuzarra provided fresh, new interpretations on the classic belt.

Whether they are giving shape to a flowy summer maxi dress or adding interest to a pair of neutral trousers, the addition of a belt can transform your look from safe to trendy in seconds.

We have compiled a list of belt trends you should try to update your wardrobe during the spring and summer months.

Corset Belt
Thick, waist cinching belts were big in Alexander McQueen’s spring 2012 collection. Corset belts are designed to follow the woman’s shape and accentuate the waist. Wide woven corset leather belts looks great with dresses as well as the combination of a top and pencil skirt.

Hip-hugger Belt
Low slung belts are a great way to add some boyish charm with a feminine touch. You can pair hip hugger belts with dresses, skirts and wide leg pants to create an effortless loose look.

Rope Belt
Rope belts add texture to your outfit. The nautical detailed belt comes in an array of colors and can be tied together in the front to compose a sailor’s knot.

Fabric Belt
Fabric belts are light and airy. Add a bohemian vibe to your pencil skirts and dress pants with colorful silk belts.

Safety Belt
The safety belt resembles a seatbelt, however it can look stylish in two toned prints. Paired with a dress it can add an element of edge.

Utility Belt
A more daring belt trend is the utility belt that is like a belt and bag combined. This belt was a big focus in Michael Kors’ safari themed collection, where models sported stylish khaki ensembles coupled with utilitarian belt bags.

Choose belts with great details, exotic prints, soft materials, different profiles, and easy on your wallet.

– Paulette Wilson

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