Belts used to be seen as a necessity – to hold your pants up. But if you want to be in style right now, you need a belt. Belts worn with a variety of interchangeable and cool belt buckles are hot today. They are one of the biggest must-have fashion accessories this season. New fashions are focusing on a crisp architectural fit, with the spotlight on the waist. Popular styles of the forties are integrated with new designer looks, all accentuated with tons of accessories – with the belt creating the soft architecture by defining the natural womanly curves into new stylish silhouettes. Belts with lots of changeable belt buckles offer a versatile trend and a vital fashion staple in your wardrobe that you can put to good use as a figure enhancing waist belt – and as an addition of instant pizazz to any outfit!The belted look is not limited to women’s fashions. Runways up the style factor for men this season by showing belted shorts, pants, jackets and coats. The soft silhouette is carried through and created by sleek, cinched, and fitted looks, extended to even the simplest of men’s ensembles.According to Kim Martin, fashion editor for Stylelist.com, “The belt is creating this new silhouette. If you don’t have a waist, create one with a belt. If you do have one, play it up. As far as the belts themselves…they are different colors…have different buckles. They are very versatile.”Jackets, dresses and skirts all are completed with belted cinched waists. Fall runways spotlight the lean and mean silhouette from mid-calf to floor-grazing, from jumpsuits and safari looks to military jacket, from cropped-look to more volume in skirts…Classic fall layers have been reworked with a waist-defining belt. Belts can also be seen worn somewhat high on the waist…or hung lower on the hips.Skinny belts may be hot, but not many women can wear them effectively or to their advantage. A belt that’s about 1 or 2 inches wide will create a more figure-friendly look.For a romantic look, pairing a ruffled blouse with a menswear suit, or a soft floral dress grounded with a leather belt, will show off your feminine side. Shop for fitted jackets. Shop for turtleneck sweaters – especially in black, creating a blank palette to show off a wonderful belt buckle! Make a jean ensemble or a sleek dress your very own by adding a belt and bold belt buckle of your choice. Emphasize an hour-glass look.Joyce Caruso Corrigan, Editor at Large of Marie Claire magazine explained how to get the most out of belts for the style and look you are after. Pairing a cocktail dress with an unexpected everyday leather belt enables you to wear it in the daytime. You could also wear a jean jacket over this. Remove the belt, add some jewelry, and the dress is ready for the evening! Menswear-inspired wide leg pants can be made more feminine and create a feminine shape by adding a belt with a unique belt buckle! The bland and solid look of a self-belted trench coat can be spiced up with a different, contrasting wide belt and big shiny belt buckle!Celebrities draw constant attention to their styles and fashions, influencing fashionistas everywhere. This was the case when Kate Moss was recently spotted in New York wearing a tiny cut-off T-shirt dress with a belt and oversized disc belt buckle.”Belt Up” in Vogue magazine features the latest fashion trend, “With a cinched-in waist remaining firmly at the forefront of feminine fashion season-on-season of late, a good belt is a wardrobe must-have…” Both men and women consider the perfect belt for their shape and style, with a choice of belt buckles as stand-out as they like.”As the spotlight falls firmly on the waist, belts become the instant definers,” as seen in the latest fashion designs by Burberry Prorsum, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, etc. A revisit of the fifties corset is seen in their wide, structured belts. Winter coats are featured with, broad, cool belts. Delicate and feminine looks are achieved with narrow belts.Along with the emphasis on accessories, quirky belts and stunning buckles are featured for their decorative extras by designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, etc.Tough gladiator dresses join the soft architectural fashion scene with heavy belts. “The collection is conscious of the internal body, revealing the inside on the out. Fabrics are draped to hold shape in the same way as a skeleton” says Marios Schwab. These tough dresses amidst the soft mood of the season, are included in the collections of Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane, Emporio Armani, Givenchy, Marios Schwab, etc.Forgetting a belt is a no-no! Tighten up your fashion sense by a notch or two – wear a beltbucklebelt!