Clockwise from left: Rag & Bone Leather Roller Belt, Linea Pelle Allegra Haircalf Belt, Rag & Bone Triple Wrap Belt, Maison Martin Margiela Thin Rocker Belt (sold out, shop similar).
Style is in the details, and in this world of personal touches, a basic buckled belt just won’t do anymore. Creative knots add a certain cool-girl je ne sais quoi, and I tapped Shopbop Stylist Rachel for a few tips on how to master the unique knot.
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How to: Pull the belt through the buckle, but skip the belt notches and loop the end of the belt over the top of the buckle. Pull the end through behind the belt, and let the rest dangle.
Wear it with: A casual look for a perfectly undone feel.
THE FIGURE 8
How to: Pull the belt through the buckle as you normally would. Tuck the end under the belt, and loop it back over the top and through the loop formed by the buckle and the slide.
Wear it with: Airy silhouettes to give your waist some definition.
THE MESSY WRAP
How to: Pull the end of the belt through the buckle as you normally would. Then, weave the end in and out of the strands of the wrap belt.
Wear it with: High-waisted pencil skirts or trousers to give the refined pieces a touch of nonchalance.
THE CLASSIC KNOT
How to: Using a long belt or a belt with an extra-long tail, pull the end through the buckle as you normally would. From the bottom, tuck the end under the belt, leaving a little space on the front. Pull the end over the top of the belt and through the open space. Pull tight.
Wear it with: Everything! From pants to jeans to skirts to dresses, this is an easy way to add a little something extra to any ensemble.
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