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3 Alternatives To Your Boring Leather Belt

Yes, you can wear a necklace as a belt.

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Let's be real. Sometimes, a belt is not so much about holding up a waistline as it is creating one. When the latter is the case, why not replace your trusty leather belt with something a little more exciting? 

We'd like to make a case for three items every fashionista can use instead: a scarf, a necklace and a fanny pack

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That's right, scarves aren't just for your neck. Try twirling up a delicate, patterned foulard and slipping it through your belt loops for to not only add a splash of color to your outfit in a cool, quirky way, but create a waistline while you're at it. 
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Topshop Oversized Silky Tiger Print Scarf - $30
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River Island Metallic Print Neck Scarf - $20
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& Other Stories Flowery Scarf - $55
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Monki Cotton Scaf - €10
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Nasty Gal Print Me Tender Skinny Scarf - $15
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So chain belts are totally a thing (shout out to Moschino and Chanel, obv) but why not take the concept of letting your bling hang low a little bit further? Oversized necklaces – especially costume jewelry you can find for pennies at a local thrift shop – with statement charms can look chic and elegant around your waist, plus really give shape to heavier fabrics like velvet and faux fur. 
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Chanel Vintage Layered Oversize Chain Necklace - $1,677
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Panacea Hammered Circle Necklace - $30
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Maria Calderara Round Pendants Long Necklace - $181
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EthnicJDesigns Long Sparkling Beaded Necklace - $10
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Nasty Gal Stone Away Body Chain - $7
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Finally, we give you the fanny pack. These babies have made a serious high-fashion comeback, and not just in a tongue-and-cheek-Alexander-Wang kind of way; we've been seeing sleek leather bum bags everywhere from Forever 21 to Cos since summer. We dig the way it can add an instant street-wear vibe to an otherwise romantic dress, plus is very useful for storing your phone and back-up lipgloss. 
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More Is Better, Belt Bag Black - $80
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Rebecca Minkoff Belt Bag - $98
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Chanel Vintage Denim Bum Bag - $1,819
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Zara Shiny Belt Bag - $30
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Street Level Nylon Belt Bag - $36
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