Why a Belt Should Be Your Next Statement Accessory Buy

Instead of relying on your jeans to do all of the talking, let them share the spotlight with an equally stylish belt. If you need further convincing, see 12 of our favorite belted denim looks below.

Traditionally, denim logic has gone something like this: if you want to dress up your jeans, add heels. But thanks to this season's slew of embellished belts, you can focus on the space around your waist first, shoes later. That's why we've combed through the summer's best jeans (Undone hems! Sailor silhouettes! Patches!) and paired them with belts that do way more than just hold them up. From Moschino's big logo buckle teamed with Sonia Rykiel's high-waisted white flares, to ASOS's Southwestern studded belt and Alexander Wang's cropped boot cut denim, see our top 12 jean and belt combos below.

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The design on these straight-leg jeans already pulls the eye waist-ward, so why not highlight the area? This double-buckle belt's Western hardware really pops against the charming floral embroidery.

Double Buckle Western Belt, $38, topshop.com; Moto Blue Embroidered Straight Leg Jeans, $85, topshop.com.
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The flashy logo on this Moschino belt makes as much of a statement as the luxe gold buttons on Sonia Rykiel's flared white jeans. You know what they say: birds of a feather...

Olivia Embellished Patent-Leather Belt by Moschino, $295, netaporter.com; High-Rise Flared Jeans by Sonia Rykiel, $460, netaporter.com.
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Sometimes a cropped black jean requires a little TLC, and by that we mean a two-tone belt that takes the wardrobe staple above the fray.

Bi-Color Leather Belt by Tomas Maier, $95, matchesfashion.com; Fleetwood Cropped High-Rise Flared Jeans by Citizens of Humanity, $384, mytheresa.com.
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Do you have a weakness for details? We can't think of a better combination than this floral appliqué belt by Red Valentino and Bliss and Mischief's eyelet denim. Consider it a look in full bloom.

Flower Appliqué Belt by Red Valentino, $275, farfetch.com; Eyelet Bandana Straight-Leg Jeans by Bliss and Mischief, $467, matchesfashion.com.
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Play up the frayed hem on these Rachel Comey jeans with a colorful, thick belt embroidered with a garden's worth of flowers.

Embroidered Belt, $29, asos.com; Legion High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans by Rachel Comey, $345, matchesfashion.com.
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If you tend to stick to simple jeans in classic silhouettes, level up with an embroidered belt like this one from Stella McCartney.

Embroidered Cotton-Canvas Waist Belt by Stella McCartney, $335, netaporter.com; Demi High-Rise Patch Pocket Flared Jeans by J Brand, $292, mytheresa.com.
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These days you probably wear your stepped-hem jeans on repeat. Give them a touch of Western flair with a studded white belt from Mango.

Western Stud Detail Belt by Mango, $32, asos.com; Moto Stepped-Hem Straight Leg Jeans, $80, topshop.com.
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A heavily distressed pair of jeans can look sloppy real fast, but Saint Laurent's studded logo belt adds instant polish.

Logo-Buckle Studded Leather Belt by Saint Laurent, $377, matchesfashion.com; Kim Distressed Boyfriend Jeans by Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, $369, matchesfashion.com.
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We find endless inspiration in the Gucci collections that Alessandro Michele dreams up. A cropped jean with floral embroidery paired with a striped canvas belt is one shortcut to his new-vintage style.

Leather-Trimmed Striped Canvas Belt by Gucci, $395, netaporter.com; Cropped Embroidered Jeans, $70, zara.com.
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When wearing a star print, the more twinkle the better. Double up by pairing these printed Stella McCartney jeans with this reclaimed vintage belt.

Reclaimed Vintage Leather Western Star Studded Belt, $32, asos.com; Star-Print Low-Rise Skinny-Fit Jeans by Stella McCartney, $392, matchesfashion.com.
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