While I have a hearty collection of jewelry, hair clips, socks and other accessories, I own precisely zero belts. I’m pretty sure this notable lack is due to a bias I developed after a brief wave of belt mania in 2012 that resulted in inevitable belt saturation (wide belts in particular). After that, I thought I was all belted out and would never want to look at another again, much less consider sliding one through my pant loops, but here we are, seven years later, and I recently found myself having the same conversation in my head every time I tried on an outfit: You know what would make this 10x better, Harling? A belt.
I can’t take full credit for my newfound open-mindedness. Belts have risen once again like cream to the top of the trend cycle, but they look (and feel) different from the last time they were there. They’re skinnier, for one thing, and therefore a little subtler. They also feature a wide variety of intriguing materials and buckles. When I say there’s a belt out there for everyone in 2022, I’m not being hyperbolic. To prove this delightful fact, shopping wiz Elizabeth Tamkin curated an edit of the best belts currently on the market (and they couldn’t be more distinctive from one another). Keep scrolling to find the one for Y-O-U.