Coffee Break: ‘Lasso Western’ Skinny Belt

belts for dresses: Elise Lasso Belt I always try to keep an eye out for belts with dresses (a great look, as we learned by studying Selina’s style in Veep!) because it can be really tough to find affordable belts that look good without a belt loop to tuck the end of the belt into. This $40 option from Nordstrom looks great, although it’s only available in size “Medium/Large” right now in both cognac (pictured) and black. (I do believe there was a Small/Medium size previously; if you really love it try calling your local store to see if they have any in stock.)   ‘Lasso Western’ Skinny Belt

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The Hunt: Stylish Women’s Belts for Work

Stylish Women's Belts for WorkSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.stylish women's belts for work 2018

We haven’t done a hunt for belts in a while (if ever? hmmn) so I thought we’d round up a few today. There are some great sales, as noted below — and ladies, if you don’t have an animal-print belt, there are a TON of options, particularly for leopard print belts — now is the time to stock up. (We’ve noted before how these are surprisingly versatile options, and the leopard belt + red dress is a favorite style trick of Selina Meyer on Veep.)

Readers, what are your favorite belts right now? How do you wear them — and where are your first stops when you’re hunting for stylish women’s belts for work? 

Some particular favorites at the moment, featured below:

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Coffee Break: Ana Mini Vibrant Belt

It can be tough to find a belt that’s a happy medium width — not too wide, not too skinny — but this colorful one from B-Low looks like it fits the bill. We’ve pictured it in yellow but it’s also available in “fuchsia” pink, royal blue, and kelly green, in sizes S, M, and L at ShopBop for $108. This is a nice option in a tamer neutral if that’s more your taste, and this belt looks like it would be great on top of dresses, cardigans, and more. Pictured: Ana Mini Vibrant Belt

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How to Wear Belts with Skirts

how to wear belts with skirts2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to wear belts with skirts; you may also want to check out our recent advice on how to stop skirts from twisting around, as well as some of our recently recommended belts.

What are some good guidelines for choosing belts to wear with skirts to work? Reader S wonders…

I’d love it if you could do a round up or a how to wear belts with skirts. I love the look of belts with skirts and I’m not really sure how to pick which width to go with or to coordinate colors.

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We’ve talked about wearing belts— as well as the closely-related question of when to tuck — before, but not specifically with skirts. I’ll be honest here: I’m not much of a tucker myself, so I don’t often wear belts with skirts.  Pencil skirt plus fitted pullover plus blazer equals outfit.  Fit and flare skirt plus fitted cardigan equals outfit.  I have a lot more fun, in general, with other accessories. If a skirt doesn’t fit at the waist, I am much more likely to get it tailored than I am to try to hold it up with a  belt.

So I’m curious to hear what other readers say regarding wearing belts with skirts.  I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules — just guidelines to play around with.  Some thoughts: [Read more…]

The Hunt: Simple Black Belts

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato leather beltSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

If you’re a fan of belts, we live in good times. Skinny belts in vibrant colors and fun patterns are everywhere; wide, obi-inspired belts are also very popular, and you can spend anywhere from $20 to $2000 for a great belt. Hooray! But sometimes you just want a simple black belt to, you know, hold your pants up. One that isn’t going to be the focal point of your outfit, but isn’t going to be a throw-away piece either. So I thought I’d look for some quality black leather belts around 1″ wide, which I’ve always thought of as the classic size for trouser loops. Readers, how often do you wear belts — and do you prefer simple or wild belts? Have you gotten any great “wardrobe staple” belts lately? [Read more…]

Coffee Break – Patent Leather Trimmed Stretch Belt

Lauren By Ralph Lauren Patent Leather Trimmed Stretch BeltI often talk about belting a cardigan, and this stretch belt on sale at Bloomingdale’s would be just the thing to do it. I like that it’s trimmed in patent leather but is otherwise a stretchy fabric, and I like that it comes in both navy and white. It was $38, now marked to $28.50 at Bloomingdale’s. Lauren By Ralph Lauren Patent Leather Trimmed Stretch Belt

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