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This is a public service announcement: Belts are officially back.

But not like you think. Yes, we've all been accenting our sundresses and cinching our cardigans for years. But it's the recent resurgence of shirt tucking (remember that?) that has brought belts back to their rightful place--looped into jeans. Let's take a look at how to style them.


Exhibit A: Thanks to the onslaught of high-rise jeans, we're moving away from drapey layers and back to the days of crisp shirts and a full tuck.

Get the look: Banana Republic shirt ($45); Zara belt ($36); Levi's jeans ($50)


The size of the belt doesn't necessarily matter--but you can repurpose the thin ones you've been wearing over dresses.

Get the look: J.Crew shirt ($80); Rebecca Taylor belt ($99); Gap jeans ($70)


Fun fact: It's actually the Western belt that's the trendiest of the moment. Experiment as you will (but it's still totally OK to stick to traditional ones).

Get the look: Mango blazer ($50); Topshop belt ($40); Old Navy pants ($19)


It's not just skinny jeans and pencil trousers getting all the love. This look also works on your loose boyfriend styles.

Get the look: Forever 21 coat ($70); Lauren Ralph Lauren belt ($52); BDG jeans ($50)


However much you layer, a buckle is a nice way to break up the various pieces of an outfit.

Get the look: Anthropologie cardigan ($120); Bella Dahl shirt ($128); Michael Michael Kors belt ($42)


But it also gets the job done with sweaters and a relaxed half-tuck.

Get the look: J.Crew sweatshirt ($60); Cole Haan belt ($78); 7 for All Mankind pants ($198)


Breaking up the look is especially helpful for denim on denim.

Get the look: Ann Taylor shirt ($80); John Lewis belt ($41); Frame Denim skirt ($200)


And for the office? Wide-leg trousers and silk blouses look killer with a polished belt. (Related: We missed you, '80s.)

Get the look: H&M shirt ($20); Madewell belt ($45); French Connection pants ($198)

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