This Fashion Trick Is the Easiest Way to Give Old Clothes a Whole New Look

An oldie, but a goodie.

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If celebrity style has taught us anything over the years, it’s that putting together a standout outfit requires creativity. Rather than reaching for that go-to pair of jeans, why not try leather or leopard-print pants? Instead of stressing about top and bottom pairings, wouldn't it be cooler (and easier) to go monochromatic? So many of our favorite star-approved tricks cost little to no money to try, depending on what's in your closet. Our current obsession is an oldie but a goodie, capable of giving old pieces a whole new life.

We're talking about the classic western belt.

After rising in popularity a few short years ago (Kendall Jenner wore one to Coachella in 2015) and fading out, this accessory resurfaced on the Fall 2019 runways and was spotted again for Spring 2020. Celebrities are loving it, influencers are on board, and we can't argue that big, statement-making buckles are the perfect way to add something fun to jeans and flowy dresses.

Still, there are plenty more ways style this baby. Ahead, we've found at least 15 reasons why the western belt should be on your shopping list.

The Western Belt Is a Versatile Extra

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It's eye-catching and takes even the simplest of outfits to a whole new level.

You Can Style It With Your Favorite Wardrobe Staples

Bella Hadid belting her jeans
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Bella Hadid proves it works well with an everyday pair of jeans.

This Trend Can Be Part of an Overall Theme

Ciara wearing a western outfit at a Spotify and Hulu event
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But would still look just as great with a non western-inspired outfit, too.

When You Need to Cinch a Dress, This Belt Comes in Handy

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Mid-section belts have made quite the comeback.

The Same Trick Also Works With a Blazer

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It puts a fun spin on a structured look.

Sometimes, It's the Missing Piece When You're Wearing Layers

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The western belt brings everything together.

We Saw It Pop Up on Isabel Marant's Fall '19 Runway

Gigi Hadid walking the Isabelt Marant runway
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Gigi Hadid wore it with a loose pair of pants.

While Etro Gave It a Boho Twist

Etro runway Spring/Summer 2020
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It was styled with a breezy, warm weather dress for Spring '20.

And We Already Know How Good It Looks With Denim

Laquan Smith runway September 2019
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Laquan Smith confirmed this when the western belt was paired with a denim dress for Spring '20.

Big Buckles Are On the Rise

Alberta Ferretti runway Spring/Summer 2020
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Alberta Ferretti's version was round and placed on a brown, braided belt.

And Studs Have a Similar Western Vibe

Taoray Wang runway September 2019
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Much like this white option from Taoray Wang.

You Definitely Don't Have to Overthink This Trend

Celine runway Spring/Summer 2020
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As Celine's Spring '20 collection showed us, it's one that works best when the rest of the look is understated.

Pull an Emily Ratajkowski and Style It With a Skirt

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Even better if the belt and the skirt are similar shades.

Or Use It to Amp Up an All-Black Outfit

Irina Shayk at the Falconeri store opening
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The silver buckle really popped against Irina Shayk's LBD.

It's Also Possible to Make the Western Belt Look Fancy

Kat Graham wearing a western belt at Milan Fashion Week

Kat Graham wore one with a floor-length skirt during Milan Fashion Week.

You Can Even Use It to Tone Down Tulle

Sofia Carson at the Giambattista Valli Loves H&M event
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At the Giabattista Valli x H&M event, the western belt gave Sofia Carson's poofy dress a more casual twist.

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