Style: It's Such A Cinch

After years of unembellished waistlines, belts are back in style. This season's look is the "corset belt," says Women's Wear Daily's Roxanne Robinson-Escriout--a thick strap worn at the waist. Some, like Carlos Falchi's black patent leather one (top right, $280) and W. Kleinberg's python belt (top left, $425; both at Saks Fifth Avenue stores), are as wide as four to six inches. Others, like Anthropologie's leather belt (lower right, $178) and Alexis Bittar's mesh belt (lower left, $198; both at Anthropologie stores), are slimmer but sport elaborate buckles. Wear them over a loose sweater or potato-sack dress with a pair of leggings or slim-fitting pants. But beware: they're not for the thick-waisted. If you have a wider waist, look for a belt that rides on the hip. Either way, says Robinson-Escriout, don't be afraid to make a statement: "Think of it as body jewelry."

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