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This Fashion Trick Is the Easiest Way to Give Old Clothes a Whole New Look

Instyle logo Instyle 12/2/2019 Samantha Sutton
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If celebrity style has taught us anything over the years, it’s that putting together a standout outfit requires creativity. Rather than reaching for that go-to pair of jeans, why not try leather or leopard-print pants? Instead of stressing about top and bottom pairings, wouldn't it be cooler (and easier) to go monochromatic? So many of our favorite star-approved tricks cost little to no money to try, depending on what's in your closet. Our current obsession is an oldie but a goodie, capable of giving old pieces a whole new life.

We're talking about the classic western belt.

After rising in popularity a few short years ago (Kendall Jenner wore one to Coachella in 2015) and fading out, this accessory resurfaced on the Fall 2019 runways and was spotted again for Spring 2020. Celebrities are loving it, influencers are on board, and we can't argue that big, statement-making buckles are the perfect way to add something fun to jeans and flowy dresses.

Still, there are plenty more ways style this baby. Ahead, we've found at least 15 reasons why the western belt should be on your shopping list.

The Western Belt Is a Versatile Extra

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It's eye-catching and takes even the simplest of outfits to a whole new level.

You Can Style It With Your Favorite Wardrobe Staples

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Bella Hadid proves it works well with an everyday pair of jeans.

This Trend Can Be Part of an Overall Theme

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But would still look just as great with a non western-inspired outfit, too.

When You Need to Cinch a Dress, This Belt Comes in Handy

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Mid-section belts have made quite the comeback.

The Same Trick Also Works With a Blazer

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It puts a fun spin on a structured look.

Sometimes, It's the Missing Piece When You're Wearing Layers

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The western belt brings everything together.

We Saw It Pop Up on Isabel Marant's Fall '19 Runway

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Gigi Hadid wore it with a loose pair of pants.

While Etro Gave It a Boho Twist

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It was styled with a breezy, warm weather dress for Spring '20.

And We Already Know How Good It Looks With Denim

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Laquan Smith confirmed this when the western belt was paired with a denim dress for Spring '20.

Big Buckles Are On the Rise

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Alberta Ferretti's version was round and placed on a brown, braided belt.

And Studs Have a Similar Western Vibe

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Much like this white option from Taoray Wang.

You Definitely Don't Have to Overthink This Trend

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As Celine's Spring '20 collection showed us, it's one that works best when the rest of the look is understated.

Pull an Emily Ratajkowski and Style It With a Skirt

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Even better if the belt and the skirt are similar shades.

Or Use It to Amp Up an All-Black Outfit

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The silver buckle really popped against Irina Shayk's LBD.

It's Also Possible to Make the Western Belt Look Fancy

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Kat Graham wore one with a floor-length skirt during Milan Fashion Week.

You Can Even Use It to Tone Down Tulle

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At the Giabattista Valli x H&M event, the western belt gave Sofia Carson's poofy dress a more casual twist.

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