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Give Your Outfit A Boost With This Simple Street Style Tip

Your belt, but better.

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Street style, whether you’re waiting outside a show during Fashion Week or wandering the streets of Paris, follows no rules except one: whatever you’re wearing, it better make a statement. We might think of a good ol’ '80s puffball shoulder, or even a contrasting color-story shoe combo à la Céline. But if you’re Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, that statement might look something like cinching your waist with police line tape and fastening it with an airplane seat belt buckle. 
 
This industrial belt first appeared in Off-White’s FW16 collection: a secure strip of yellow fabric with bold brand embroidery juxtaposed against all-black, relaxed-fit ensembles. We’ve seen extra-long belts snaked around many a runway model’s waist – Haizhen Wang used them in his AW17 collection to hold improbable corsets in place, and Proenza Schouler’s AW17 collection featured them in sleek, business-meets-cat-woman ensembles. But it was Off-White’s riff off the trend that became the street style staple of the year. We’ve seen it looped around waists and even attached to handbag straps on the PFW circuit.

 
Although this show-stopping yellow sash (and its white successor) are both currently sold out, the statement belt trend remains strong on the high street for obvious reasons – its power to transform a lazy sweat suit into an outfit worthy of the Sartorialist’s lens. Try yours by tying it over a flowy top to play up the contrast between structure and volume, or by cinching it over a classic trench (double points if you wear the trench off-the-shoulder). And if you actually need to use the belt for its intended purpose, keep it front and center by styling it with an asymmetrical hem. Fashion week may be over, but street style tips are valid all year round.

Ready to turn your high street into a runway? Shop our selection of show-stopping pieces inspired by Off-White's statement belt below:
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Off-White Printed textured-leather tote - £1,815
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Urban Outfitters Stussy Logo D-Ring Belt - $45
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ASOS D Ring Webbing Belt - $11.50
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Diane von Furstenberg Ribbon-Stripe Wide-Leg Fold-Over Pants - $548
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Dabagirl Notched Lapel Coat with Lettering Belt - $104
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Urban Outfitters Grosgrain Belt - $12
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Zara Special Edition Leather Belt - $40
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ASOS Voided Slogan Webbing Belt - $9
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Alyx Red 032c Edition Rollercoaster Belt - $315
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Tillys Pizza Buckle Belt - $25
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Tibi Extra Long Belt with D-Rings - $150
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Zara T-Shirt with Text and Belt - $23
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Vans and UO Belt Bag - $25
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All photos by Diana Liu.
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