Belts are sometimes a forgotten accessory, so I thought it was time to resurrect the belt’s status as a treasured piece that can transform an ordinary outfit into something special.

How many belts do you own? If you’re like me, I’ve been collecting belts for many years. Belts stand the test of time, although, I don’t have my fringed belt from the 70’s any longer — darn! There are wide belts, skinny, leather, suede, bangled, beaded, metal, the worn look, shiny patent leather, and more.

Belts give your body shape more definition, and when used around your waist gives you an hourglass look. Belts can make a bulky sweater or blouse look fitted. I wear a skinny belt with my jeans to help them stay put.

Helen Anderson is wearing a Chico’s satin trench coat, silver conch belt, Lysse denim leggings, and her own jewelry creations.

In the photo above, Helen removed the satin belt that comes with the trench coat, and replaced it with a beautiful silver conch belt.

Below, Lu Shepard is wearing one outfit and changing it up three ways:

Lu Shepard is wearing a cashmere shawl over a Vince long-sleeve top, wide brown leather belt with brass hardware, denim leggings, silver chains, and Sam Edelman boots.

Same outfit without the cashmere shawl.

Lu removed the brown leather belt and added a silver studded belt over her shawl for a completely different look.

Next, Helen Anderson uses a belt to amp up a cardigan sweater, giving it a figure-hugging silhouette and a pop of color.

Helen Anderson is wearing an H & M animal print cardigan with a carmel-colored leather belt, denim leggings, and her own jewelry creations.

Below, I’m joking around with Helen, but we’re both looking seriously stylish.

I’m wearing a BCBG dress with cutout sleeves, black woven leather belt, Diane Von Furstenberg boots, and brass chain necklace.

Below is my artistic, thoughtful pose. Adding a jeweled accessory belt to a simple blue sheath dress provides a finishing touch.

Linda is wearing a Banana Republic sheath dress, bejeweled belt, copper bracelet, Max Mara purse, and Pelle Moda boots.

Many of the clothes we model are available for purchase right now at Finders Keepers. If you’re not a San Luis Obispo resident, you can have the item shipped to you. If you live in SLO, I highly recommend a visit to the store. There are always treasures to be found!

What are your favorite ways to use a belt (fashion only, ladies!)? What is your favorite belt? Please take a picture wearing your belt and add it to the Comments below.