By EJ Briones
Updated: Mar 23, 2016 @ 11:43 am
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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.

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Joseph tunic, $306,; B-Low the Belt belt, $115,

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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.

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Elizabeth & James vest, $345,; J. Crew belt, $20,

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.

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Theory sleeveless trench coat, $535,; Topshop belt, $40,

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