If you’re looking for an easy way to pull together an outfit, may we suggest a great belt? The best designer belts take a utilitarian accessory and cast it through the lens of luxury for an heirloom piece you will have for many years to come (later, you can proudly deem it “vintage”). Sure, an instantly recognizable logo gives the designer belt its allure and appeal, but crafted with quality materials and special details, the accessory becomes a wardrobe essential you can reach for over and over again. The right belt not only serves a practical purpose, it’s the finishing touch that makes your look feel complete. Whether you need something skinny and slim for your wide-leg jeans or a wide style to cinch in the waist of a billowy maxi dress or winter coat, there’s a belt that’s up for the task.
Logo fashion is still in its prime era—thank you, Gucci!—and as such, designer belts are proving to be a strong trend. Take a quick peek at street style shots or scroll on IG, and you’ll see celebs and influencers donning waist-accentuating belts. Luckily, designer belts tend to be at a more accessible price point when it comes to luxe goods, so you can buy into the label without spending as much as you would on, say, a designer handbag (we love those too, but our wallets may think otherwise).
Besides the usual covetable suspects such as Hermès, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, there are plenty of other investment-worthy numbers from the likes of Saint Laurent, Prada, Valentino, Ferragamo, and Loewe. From classic black and brown leather belts to something that packs more of a statement, we sorted through the wares at some of our favorite luxury retailers like MatchesFashion, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Net-a-Porter to find the very best designer belts worth the splurge.
Our top picks:
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