You thought you had all your belt angles covered, didn’t you? But belts have got sexy
Belts used to be one of those highly resistible purchases that made you feel good about your self-control. You could walk around an entire belt department, which, let’s face it, was more like a single belt hook, and leave having spent nada. You had all your belt angles covered already, didn’t you? A black one, a tan one, a metallic one and maybe one of those webbed things that were big in 2006. You were set for life.
But belts have got sexy. Matchesfashion.com calls them ‘an accessory of function’, which is just brilliant. You can’t argue with a functional accessory. It ticks every box.
Azzedine Alaïa’s leopard-print calf-hair belts and laser-cut, lacy-looking leather cummerbunds, so stiff they stand up by themselves, are the gold standard – but only if you have £1,500 (not a misprint) to spare.
Alexander McQueen, another label known for hourglass silhouettes, also does magnificent waist sculptures that are studded, sequinned, embroidered – and also eye-wateringly priced. Roksanda’s (from £350) are like jewellery and would make a chain-store dress look much more interesting. MaxMara’s lizard-textured cream or baby-blue leather belts (£220) will turn any trousers into a fashion item.
It’s always good to have a belt with an understated gold or silver buckle to make a pair of black trousers or plain dress eveningworthy. Tie belts that you can adjust during the day are good in summer, when the heat can make you expand (nothing to do with that pizza). Two-tone colours, knots and weaves add playfulness to outfits – a good solution if you can’t find patterns you like.
Belts never go out of style, so it’s worth trawling the sales – and the high street. A skinny belt doesn’t take much leather, so there’s not much that can go wrong in a cheaper version. This really isn’t a mandate to spend the cost of a second-hand car on a belt – although, come to think of it, the belt might last longer.