Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli; Imaxtree/Rokh; Imaxtree/Blumarine
Fashion always walks the fine line between utilitarian and decorative. On the one hand, we all need to wear clothing (unless you’re into the naked look). But on the other hand, we don’t necessarily “need” the it-item of the season, or we don’t have to opt into every trend. But despite lack of necessity, style for many plays a pivotal role in how they express themselves, how they cultivate joy, and even how they support communities of color. Frivolity may seem like a significant part of fashion, but in all honesty, what you choose to buy, and how much you’re buying is the easiest way you can, as a consumer, show off your values (quite literally).
So, it’s imperative to shop intentionally and discern which trends are worth your time. And while the choice lies with you, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share at least one recent trend that’s worthwhile in mind: belts. While this accessory has always been an essential part of any wardrobe, fall/winter 2022 runways took them from pragmatic to idealistic and back again. It wasn’t just about wearing them to hold up a pair of low-rise trousers; it was all about using styling to elevate this staple.
Belts were able to fasten together function and fashion in a way no other basic has been able to do. And to prove that point, I’ve scoured the runway to show 5 ways belts were styled this season. Whether you’re looking for inspiration on how to wear your belt in new ways or want to give your basics a little something extra, by the end of this story, I can guarantee you’ll be fully buckled into this trend.