Belts can do more than keep your loose pants up. This underrated accessory highlights your shape, adds personality to your T-shirt-and-jeans combo, and most importantly, ties your whole look together while keeping you from appearing sloppy.
To help you maximize this wardrobe staple, here are a few of ways to style yours both for work and off-days—plus, the only three essential belt styles you'll ever need in your closet!
1. Classic leather belt
You'll never not need a classic black belt in your life.
A leather belt with silver hardware looks casual and low-key. On weekends, it'll complement your denim OOTDs well (and make it feel a bit more put-together, too.)
FN Tip: Channel some '90s vibes by tucking a black top in a pair of faded denim jeans, and tie the entire look together with a black leather belt:
TRY: Uniqlo Women Clean Belt, P1,490, available online
On the other hand, leather belts with luxe gold hardware bestow a dressier appearance.
FN Tip: A gold-buckled belt and a black outfit is a no-fail elegant pairing.
TRY: Zara Belt With Square Buckle, P1,495, available online
Aside from gold and silver, you can also try an acrylic-buckled belt for a more modern and trendier feel:
2. Skinny leather belt
If your regular black belt seems off against your tailored office pants or pristine white shorts, try a skinnier belt. Simple, thin belts add extra interest without overwhelming your look (and your frame); they're the perfect belt type to reach for if you want to maintain a chic appearance.
TRY: Charles and Keith Skinny Knot Belt, P999, available online
Add a pop of color to your all-neutral outfit via a skinny, brown leather belt:
TRY: Mango Skinny Belt Pack, P795, available online
3. Wide buckle belt
Wider belts define the waist the most. This statement piece will come in handy when your dress feels a little too loose and shapeless for you.
Wearing a wide belt underneath your bust will create a curvy silhouette.
Wide belts look so chic on wrap dresses. The accessory adds a polished touch to the laid-back piece.
TRY: Mango Snake Buckle Belt, P1,495, available online