Statement Belts: Top Spring 2024 Fashion Trend for Women Over 50

You may or may not be a belt-lover, but perhaps I can encourage you to embrace this trend. Statement belts are a hot spring 2024 fashion trend and we couldn’t be happier. I am an avid belt collector, and Lauren’s designer belts have become a part of her signature style. The belts featured on the spring 2024 runways made quite an impact. From wide waist-cinching corseted belts to oversized sculptural metal buckles and hip slung belts, the statement belts for Spring 2024 were the focal point of many looks. If there is one new accessory you add to your wardrobe this season, make it a belt!

Statement Belts Trend for Spring 2024

Top designers showed simple looks on the runway with eye-catching statement belts a la 80’s. A hip slung modern gold hook buckle belt fell casually on the hips over a black maxi dress at Tom Ford. At Alaïa, a wide back leather waist-cinching belt pulled together a white top and pencil skirt. And Brandon Maxwell featured a soft long leather belt with a large organic shaped gold closure over a linen dress. As structured as belts may seem to be, the overall look is easy-going. You don’t need any additional jewelry when you wear one of these spring belts.


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Why Women Over 50 Need To Wear Belts

I know you may think that belts are uncomfortable and restrictive, especially in the warmer months. However, if you get the right kind of belt and one that fits your properly, you will love wearing it.

1. Belts can make you look slimmer. You may think that accentuating your waistline may be the last thing you want to do, especially as we age. A friend of mine who tends to gain weight in her midsection uses a “belt trick”. She wears a wide stretchy belt over a blouse or button down shirt and it makes her look slimmer. The belt defines her waistline and creates a peplum effect which also hides a tummy.

2. Belts are comfortable. Yes, belts are quite easy to wear if you look for a few features. Look for belts that stretch, or include and elastic insert in the back. Also find belts that have a lot of eyelets so they are adjustable. Avoid extremely heavy belts too.

3. Belts are a one-and-done accessory. A statement belt may be the only accessory you need. In fact, it is better to avoid a lot of jewelry when you wear a statement belt.

How To Wear Belts for Spring

Spring belts are not as heavy as fall/winter belts. Here is what to look for when you purchase a belt for spring and summer. Overall, it’s time to lighten up!

  • Lightweight Materials: Soft leathers, fabric and woven belts are more comfortable in warmer weather and work well with spring cotton and linen clothing.
  • Lighter Colors: Look for white, neutral, pastels, bright colors or metallic belts.
  • Spring Embellishments: Raffia, pearls, shells and organic closures are ideal belt embellishments for spring.

Best Statement Belts for Spring and How To Wear Them For Women Over 50

Now that you know what kinds of belts to buy, here are 5 belt styles I selected and how to wear them for women over 50.

Woven Wide Belt with A Shirtdress fountainof30

Woven Wide Belt with A Shirtdress

A 2″ wide woven belt like this Ann Taylor Straw Stretch Belt (on sale for only $48.65) Is perfect to comfortably wear over a shirtdress. The woven material of the belt will keep you cool and the stretch will allow it to stay in place. (This belt is also available in black, too.)

Narrow Belt to Cinch an Oversized Shirt

Narrow Belt to Cinch an Oversized Shirt

This J. Crew Heart classic belt in Italian leather for $59.50 gives you the runway look with its shiny organic shaped gold closure. This 1-1/8″ wide belt will work well to wear over an oversized shirt to flatter your figure and define your waistline.

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Hip Slung Belt With a T-shirt Dress

Get the cool Tom Ford runway look with this Raina Sheila Knot Belt for $169 over a long slim black maxi t-shirt dress.

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Corset Belt With a Pencil Skirt

If you want to try a structured look (like the Alaïa SS2024 runway) this Raina Gaga Snake Print Corset Belt for $205 will work well over a pencil shirt and funnel neck white top.

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Medium Width Embellish Belt With Jeans

And last but not least, an embellished belt to wear with jeans or pants is a must-have for spring. This Sam Edelman Imitation Pearl Logo Plaque Belt for $60 will work will brighten up your jeans (or anything else you wear it with) for Spring 2024.

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Do you love belts or have I convinced you to get one for Spring 2024? How would you wear one?

Carol Calacci

Spring 2024 Runway Photos:

You may also like to read 9 of The Best Spring 2024 Fashion Trends for Women Over 50 and Shop 5 Drool-Worthy Spring Shoe Styles and Their Looks for Less.

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