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Spring 2017 Trend: The Belt Way

Studly three dimensional belts have emerged as the hot, new style accessory for spring. Whether it’s smooth, braided, studded or patterned, the right belt can help you tie it all together for an instant style upgrade. Accessories, especially belts are a quick and easy way to update your look by adding a pop of color, or stay in step with the season’s monochromatic head-to-toe looks. If you’re looking for a change – the right belt speaks volumes.  We scoured the top men’s shows to bring you the best styles, including high fashion 3D belts, casual styles and coveted status belts to help you pull off any one of the seasons trends in style.

Tighten Up Your Look in High Fashion

High fashion, 3D statement belts were everywhere at the mens shows and ranged from skinny, colorful styles to wide, studded and grommeted belts with decorative buckles. At Yohji Yamamoto, a salmon pink crocodile belt with a gold buckle was styled over loose fitting trousers. While Haider Ackermann’s graphic zebra printed belts were paired with an 80’s yellow and black ensemble. At Gucci, Alessandro Michele’s jewelled Chinese dragon belt was embellished with horizontal spikes fashioned to look like a dragon’s tail. Topman in London accessorized their ‘80s rock star collection with an iridescent guitar belt buckle, over a mesh tank top and black sleeveless vest. Dior Homme explored the rebellious attitude of punk culture, juxtaposed with military references and bondage-inspired accessories with a nylon harness belt with multiple straps and S & M hardware. Salvatore Ferragamo leisure summer suits were accessorized with double wrap, grommeted belts creating a polished monochromatic look. DSquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten gave their collection a punk-rock vibe with black leather skinny belts over distressed denim. Xander Zhou showcased an eccentric range of PVC, leather and Lurex among camouflage prints with deconstructed studded belts that hung in multiples from the waist.  A series of supremely casual belts have also been introduced for spring, many without traditional belt buckles in roped, braided and nylon styles. Fendi’s chic summer pool party resort wear was shown with skinny, stripped belt used to cinch everything from terrycloth rompers and above-the-knee shorts. Maison Margiela’s sublimely deconstructed menswear featured an ultra simple, rope belt casually tied over wide-legged trousers. At Emporio Armani handsome braided leather belts complimented the many softly, pleated trousers. Hermes featured a skinny nylon belt fastened over a workwear inspired romper in a relaxed, casual look with mandals. John Elliott’s stretch fabric belts with square buckles cinched resort wear and terrycloth wraps with geometric designs. Ovadia & Sons featured the ultimate in old-school skater style with white shoelace belts tied casually in several looks.



 

Coveted Status Belts

An elegant leather belt from a world known brand such as Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton or Hermes is an accessory that will never go out of style. These coveted status and logo belts are the ultimate accessory to invest in, as seen on many of today’s street style superstars. Belts can dress up any look and add a heightened sense of style to create that perfect mix of high-low cool no matter what you’re wearing. For spring, Dolce & Gabbana featured exotic, animal print belts with shiny, gold D&G buckles that complemented their evening-centric menswear offerings. Kim Jones safari themed spring collection for Louis Vuitton offered leather belts in LV’s signature logo print. Burberry, Dries Van Noten, Hermes and Jil Sander also offered equally polished versions in simple, elegant styles that come in a myriad of colors.



       

Everyday Casual Belts

Casual belts often came without traditional belt buckles in roped, braided and nylon styles. Fendi pulled together simple summer ensembles with skinny, stripped belts styled over terrycloth rompers and above-the-knee shorts. Maison Margiela featured a casual white rope belt fastened over wide-leg olive trousers. Emporio Armani paired a braided black leather belt with black trousers. At Hermes, a nylon skinny belt was fastened over a workwear inspired romper and mandals for a casual look. John Elliott offered casual belts with plastic buckles styled over terrycloth towel wraps in geometric designs. Ovadia & Sons featured white shoelace belts tied in a bow over black trousers. In Prada’s runway show, the models wore nylon belts fitting the camping theme of the collection. Similarly, Gucci also had casual belt options with the signature red and green stripe fabric belt. Designers, like Jil Sander, kept their belted outfits casual by keeping the looks completely monochromatic with thin belts that seamlessly blended in.



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