Belts are one of the easiest ways to accessorize and add polish to your outfits, but somewhere along the way they got saddled with a reputation for being clunky and boring. There are so many options for belts today that there is no reason for your belt loops to be empty. And pretty soon you might even be looking for excuses to wear belts with things that don't have loops!
the three essential belts
the (not boring) work belt
The key to a great work belt is to keep it simple. At the office you do not want your belt to be the focus of your outfit so keep the colors neutral (but not always black or brown). Make sure that your belt is not too wide for your belt loops--a good rule of thumb is between 3/4" and 1" wide to give some little breathing room within your loops. Look for patent or lightly textured leather belts that will be more distinctive against a trouser than a plain matte leather belt and don't be afraid to wear a contrast color--black belt with grey pants, oxblood with taupe, etc.
the trendy belt
The most important thing about choosing a trendy belt is that you like it and feel confident wearing it. Unlike the work belt, the trendy belt is a statement piece and will set the tone for your outfit. You might only be wearing jeans and sweater, but if you add a bright pink patent belt, you are not just adding color, you are adding your personality. To get the most use out of your trendy belt, make sure that the size you buy fits you around your waist (to wear with dresses) as well as through your belt loops.