As we near the end of the current decade, the super-low-slung trend that we were so kindly gifted in the noughties (mostly by celebrities with washboard abs) is finally rising back to where it belongs: the waist. Favored by so many during the 2000-2010 era, the eye-wateringly low waistline seems to have had a recall as designers embrace the return of the hourglass shape, turning to power dressing and nipped-in waists for Fall/Winter 2017.
Our bets for the purveyor of this silhouette are on Maria Grazia Chiuri, who drew inspiration from Dior’s heritage in both her fall/winter and recent couture collections. Or, perhaps we owe the belt’s comeback to another millennial effect on fashion, possibly encouraged by the new wave of derrière appreciation we see every day on social media.
Whatever it may be, there is no denying that the intentions of many of the FW17 collections were to draw the eye firmly away from the straight-up-and-down silhouette we’ve seen for decades and bring it back to the womanly, cinched-in shape remembered from recent history.
Now sported by fashion’s early adopters, editors, influencers, and industry insiders, the humble belt is no longer seen as a practical accessory worn to hold your trousers up, but instead, as a crucial styling piece. Wrapped around everything from summer dresses to oversized button-down shirts, the waist belt is a sure-fire way to bring your outfit into fall/winter trend territory.
With this in mind, Savoir Flair has rounded up the best belts available to buy now, plus the perfect street-style inspiration to show you exactly how to style them (tip: it’s all about the knotting, not the looping). Browse the gallery and shop your favorite styles, below.