Get waisted this season with the latest waist defining belts, because nipped in waists are back. At the Spring 2017 mens runway shows, designers put a focus on the waistline by utilizing skinny belts, rope ties and colorful statement belts. The nipped in hourglass effect was everywhere from Paris to New York, as designers featured belts to cinch in jackets and jumpsuits, or to hold up exaggerated high-waisted pants. Others used extra long belts and left them draping over loose fitting trousers, with many using belts in super bright colors and bold patterns to give their collections a touch of playfulness.
On the Paris catwalks, Yohji Yamamoto’s spring 2017 collection was rooted in loose, oversize layers in pale nuetral colors accessorized with a crocodile printed belt over loose-fitting trousers. While Valentino’s military-influenced trench coat was wrapped with a double stranded, olive green belt that cinched the coat slightly above the waist to create a nipped in waist. In Milan the trend appeared even more exaggerated at some shows like Damir Doma, who employed a bright yellow belt to cinch the waist above the rib cage on a striped, yellow oversized top with matching voluminous, cropped trousers. Angela Missoni was inspired by a childhood trip to Guatemala. Missoni’s signature stripes mimicked the look of traditional Guatemalan vacqueros with an endless spectrum of color reinterpreted in the traditional patterns and colors of Guatemala’s hand-woven fabrics. At the New York shows, menswear label Cadet styled a masculine, woven jumpsuit with a black leather belt that hung casually from the waist. Landlord’s collection added a fresh spin and a pop of color to the everyday working man’s uniform, featuring an extra long, neon pink belt with a white denim shirt worn over calf-length shorts.
There were enough belted looks in London to call it a trend. Craig Green featured a long, black belt embellished with silver zippers, leaving the the extra length hanging way past the knee over loose white pants. At J.W. Anderson, better known as the king of androgyny, there was a shrunken satin trench coat in crimson red elegantly cinched above the waist with a self matching belt. The beauty of this new trend is that it’s easy to tone down to a more accessible and real life way of wearing it. The easiest, is to wear it with high-waisted, loose trousers to make the proportions less severe, but still very much on trend. Whether functional or just for fun, belts have emerged as the must have accessory for spring.