Styling ideas for Chanel leather & Chanel chain belts & Is the Chanel belt worth it?
Chanel belts are pretty up there price wise when it comes to belts but if you follow me on Instagram or here you know that my black Chanel belt and Chanel chain belt are a staple in my wardrobe. I’ve worn them lots in 2021 and no doubt I’ll be wearing them again throughout 2022. If you’re wondering whether a Chanel belt or designer belt is worth buying or asking for Christmas or not have a look at these styling ideas and see if you’d actually wear it. The more use you’ll get out of it the better the CPW (cost per wear) & the more likely it is that it’s worth buying. I’ve linked mainly to vintage Chanel belts as options for buying new online are very limited. Chanel is one of those brands that you have to buy mainly in store and not all of us have one close by.
If you don’t have a designer or Chanel belt to try these 12 ways to style and wear your Chanel belt it doesn’t matter. You can still use these ideas for styling inspiration for any of your favorite leather or chain belts.
I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of the black Chanel belt as I wore my Gucci one on repeat so much. Belts are one of my favorite accessories because of how versatile they are, how you can add your own flair to an outfit and how easy it is to give shape to dresses and coats.
Is the Chanel belt worth it?
A Chanel belt can be dressed up with your favorite dresses and workwear or down with shorts or denim. I wear mine every season and have definitely had my money’s worth out of my black leather Chanel belt.
I haven’t worn the gold Chanel chain belt as much as it goes in and out of fashion and is a much dressier style. However, because I’ve had it 10 years, it’s definitely had it’s fair wear over the years and I’d buy it again. I also feel like it’s more special and more of a statement piece than the black Chanel belt and you can pick up some beautiful vintage Chanel belts from luxury consignment stores.
12 ways to wear your Chanel belt right now
Try these 12 ways to style and wear your Chanel belt or any belt to get more use from them and to create more looks from your closet.
- Wear your Chanel belt with your favorite pair of jeans or pants.
- Add it to a shirt dress to create shape.
- Style a black Chanel belt with jumpsuits to dress it up.
- Add a Chanel chain belt to your skirts and dresses for more luxe look that creates interest and shape.
- Dress up a blazer dress and give it a waistline with your belt.
- Dress up jean shorts and shorts with your Chanel belt and a blazer.
- Belt coats that don’t have buttons or a belt to create a flattering waistline.
- Add interest and break up solid colors by wearing it with a matching set.
- Add it to your tailored workwear for a more pulled together, finished look.
- To belt oversized blazers. It creates better proportions for us petite girls.
- Use your Chanel belt to cinch sweater dress or looser dress to add interest and to create a waistline.
- Belt your swimsuit for instant retro glam.
I’m always looking for new ways to style what I have rather than to just keep buying new things. These are the 12 ways I wore my Chanel belts in the last year that you can try. I’ll keep adding to this as I find new styling ideas and as fashion changes.
1. With your favorite pair of jeans or pants
Wearing a belt and jeans is nothing ground breaking. But I couldn’t do a post about 12 ways to style a Chanel belt and not include probably the most worn way to wear a belt. Whether it’s jeans, a t-shirt and blazer or jeans and a sweater. It makes any pair of jeans instantly more chic with the added benefit of keeping them up!
2. Add it to a shirt dress to create shape
Shirt dresses are so easy to throw on and comfortable but I tend to replace the belt it comes with, with a Chanel belt to make it look more expensive. You can also layer your shirt dress under a blazer with knee high or thigh high boots and belt the blazer for another look that’s warmer for Fall.
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3. Wear it with jumpsuits and rompers
Another go to of mine is jumpsuits in colder months and rompers in warmer months. Again, because they’re so quick and easy to throw on and go. To make them dressier or create more of a waistline, add your belt and heels and you’re good to go.
A Chanel belt adds interest and can make a more affordable style look more expensive. I also like it for breaking up 1 color and creating more of a waistline on jumpsuits and rompers.
4. Add a Chanel chain belt to your skirts and dresses
For more luxe look that creates interest and shape, add a Chanel chain belt or leather belt where you wouldn’t always expect one.
5. Dress up a blazer dress
Not only does the belt give it a waistline it also makes it a bit dressier. The blazer dress I’m wearing came with a belt but I swapped it out for a touch of sparkle and because the feathers needed a more glam finish than the plain belt it came with.
6. Dress up jean shorts and shorts
A Chanel belt instantly dresses up jean shorts and shorts especially with a blazer and heels or chic leather flats. Belts aren’t just pretty, they’re functional. So if you have a low rise pair or ones that are too big this solves the issue of sitting and showing more than you intended or pulling them up all day.
7. To belt coats
Belt a coat that doesn’t have buttons or swap out the belt it came with to create a flattering waistline. As well as to keep it closed and change up the look of it.
8. With a matching set
As you know from this blog, I’m a huge fan of matching sets and coords as they make dressing so easy. As there’s no having to worry about what top coordinates with which bottom. However, sometimes a matching top and bottom can look a little flat and a Chanel belt breaks up the look, makes it more chic and adds interest.
9. Belt your tailored workwear and suits
A black and gold belt will go with pretty much any color suit or workwear, whether it’s a skirt, pants or dress. It makes it look more polished and fashion forward and adds a designer look to high street brands.
This is such a simple styling hack that creates a more pulled together, finished look. You can style the same outfit with different belts and shoes for totally different looks and to take your workwear from the office to after work drinks.
10. To belt oversized blazers and blazer dresses
I’m petite so oversized anything can drown me or look sloppy. It’s easy to make oversized blazers look dressier and not drown you by adding your Chanel belt. Especially if you have a petite frame.
11. Use Your Chanel belt with sweater dresses
Infinitely chic and great for giving shape to and changing up the look of your sweater dresses. If you want to create more of a waist with your dress, an hourglass silhouette or if your dress needs some more shape, a belt is a quick fix. It’s easy to add a leather belt for a cinched waist or a chain belt for a more relaxed fit.
12. Add glam to a swimsuit with your Chanel belt
This is such a retro glam look. A gold Chanel chain belt makes any one piece swimsuit look more glamourous. This is definitely more of a poolside shade bathing, pool party or look for photos than for swimming or sunbathing as the metal can get hot fast.
Where to buy Chanel belts
Obviously Chanel stores are the best place to buy a Chanel belt but since many of us don’t live close to one, online luxury consignment stores are the next best option. Not just for vintage Chanel belts but also for new giftable condition belts. Dear Santa…
You can filter by condition e.g. giftable, new, excellent, good, etc as well as for the price range and style you’re looking for. My go-to’s for both buying and selling are Rent The Runway (review) and Fashionphile.
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Eve Dawes is a Blogger, Podcaster, Mrs. England World 2020, a WBFF Pro Diva, SAG-AFTRA actress, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics and GlamourandGains.com. Eve's also the host of BFF (beauty, fitness & fashion) segment on Spill The Tea Live! The show for British Expats. Eve has over 15 years experience in the fashion world, is an avid traveller and cruelty-free beauty advocate.