conservative office style Feb 8, 2018

The One Accessory I Can’t Live Without

Mary Orton wears emerald green midi dress with fringe detail, chloe waist belt, manolo blahnik hangisi pumps, and victoria beckham top handle box bagEmerald fringe midi dress, dark lips, chloe waist belt, victoria beckham bag

DRESS: Gabriela Hearst (also available HERE and HERE, and love THIS affordable alternative)  |  SHOES: Manolo Blahnik (similar affordable alternative HERE, HERE  and HERE)  |  BELT: Chloe (affordable alternative HERE)  |  BAG: Victoria Beckham (similar HERE and HERE)

I wore this emerald green satin dress recently to the Fashion Group International Rising Star Awards where Rich and I were honored to be recipients of the business innovation award for Trove.  If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, you likely know that when it comes to accessories, I have a chronic addiction to waist-cinching belts, so it likely comes as no surprise that I employed this Chloe belt to finish off the look.  You may have also noticed that it’s about the 200th time I’ve worn this Chloe belt in the past several weeks, so today I thought it was high time that I dedicated a post to my most-frequently worn accessory: the waist belt.


Mary Orton wears emerald green midi dress with fringe detail, chloe waist belt, manolo blahnik hangisi pumps, and victoria beckham top handle box bagMart Orton wears manolo blahnik hangisi pumps 70mm and emerald green fringe dress Mary Orton wears emerald green midi dress with fringe detail, chloe waist belt, manolo blahnik hangisi pumps, and victoria beckham top handle box bag


In addition to creating a flattering hourglass shape, waist belts always seem to perfectly “finish” any look.  But more than an element of polish, waist belts can also completely transform even the most casual outfits.  A true testament to the ability of accessories to completely transform a look is this recent post in which I’m wearing a giant oversized cardigan and stretchy stirrup pants.  The difference that a beautiful waist belt and heels makes in dressing up an outfit comprised entirely of casual pieces is staggering.


Manolo Blahnik 70mm black satin hangisi pumps and Victoria Beckham top handle box bag Mary Orton wearing emerald green Gabriela Hearst fringe detail midi dress, black chloe waist belt, black satin Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps, Victoria Beckham top handle box bag and dark red lip


I also recently wore the same Chloe belt in this recent post, which serves as another excellent example of giving a classic dress new life with the addition of a simple accessory.  While the Chloe belt is certainly pricey, you can see that I wear it CONSTANTLY, so it was worth the splurge for me.  However, you definitely don’t have to splurge to get a killer waist belt.  Below, I’ve rounded up all of the waist belts that have caught my eye lately, including this beauty that’s only $55!


THE BEST WAIST BELTS AT ALL PRICE POINTS

Mary Orton wearing emerald green Gabriela Hearst fringe detail midi dress, black chloe waist belt,  Victoria Beckham top handle box bag and dark red lipMary Orton wears emerald green fringe midi dress, black satin hangisi manolo blahnik pumps, chloe waist belt

DRESS: Gabriela Hearst (also available HERE and HERE, also love THIS affordable alternative)  |  SHOES: Manolo Blahnik (similar affordable alternative HERE, HERE  and HERE)  |  BELT: Chloe (affordable alternative HERE)  |  BAG: Victoria Beckham (on sale! similar HERE and HERE)


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10 Responses to The One Accessory I Can’t Live Without

  1. Love the fringe detail on the dress and especially loving the color! x

    chevrons & éclairs

  2. Alexandra Baranov says:

    I have always love wearing belts to finish off outfits but I think I got an urge to buy yet another one!

  3. LesJD says:

    Fantastic outfit and love this post. I am all about this ultimate accessory: the waist cinching belt. I have an hourglass shape and the belt has been my go to for several years. There were would times I wouldn’t even wear another accessories; as long as I had my belt, I felt polished and put together.

  4. Natali says:

    You are looking so classy and feminine in this gorgeous outfit! I love your dress.

    https://lartoffashion.com

  5. A beautiful and superbly elegant emerald green dress! The belt is the perfect accessory as well as the super heels 😉

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/first-anniversarheel/

  6. Simply Sory says:

    Un look precioso y con los flecos queda espectacular.

    http://www.simplysory.com/

  7. Nikki says:

    That green dress looks so good on you!
    Love it!
    And I agree with you, waist belts are so important! The contribute majorly to any look if used wisely! 🙂

    Love,
    Nikki
    http://www.runwaytoroad.com

  8. Shivam Mehta says:

    Classy Look, Nice Outfit and Excellent Post.

  9. Yanne69 says:

    bonjour !
    très jolis clichés mais un détail qui aurait pu être évité : l’ombre du photographe !
    Mais il est vrai que vous êtes ainsi dans le soleil et cela aurait fait un contre-jour dans l’autre sens ! Peut-être une photo au 3/4 pour éviter cette ombre ?
    Très beau blog et des tenues très élégantes ! bravo !

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