The belt, an often overlooked accessory, was perhaps one of the strongest trends seen on the spring runways. Abandoning function for a more stylish approach, designers embraced it in all forms, from the kimono-inspired obi sash to a '70s spirited lariat. Now it's your turn to try these three unexpected styling tricks that are sure to be—well, a cinch.
Obi Belt + Tunic
Tunics naturally have a billowy silhouette. Accentuate your shape by tying a solid-colored obi belt around your waist. Let the ends fall freely to give your look movement, as seen at the Edun show.
farfetch.com; B-Low the Belt belt, $115, b-lowthebelt.com.
Rope Belt + Vest
The Isabel Marant runway showed us how a simple rope belt transforms a tailored vest from corporate to cool. The key here is to find a vest with hidden buttons like this one from Elizabeth and James.
net-a-porter.com; J. Crew belt, $20, jcrew.com.
Waist Belt + Trench
Replace the belt to your favorite trench with a color-blocked waist belt, as seen on the Tome runway. This trick adds an interesting flare to your basic trench without losing that perfect hourglass shape.
intermixonline.com; Topshop belt, $40, us.topshop.com.