(Source: Getty)Getting dolled up for special occasions is always a treat, but formalwear can get monotonous—it's tough to stand out amid the parade of chiffon, tulle and sequins. That gorgeous sparkling number you once loved? Now boring after you've worn it to the approximately 15 weddings you were invited to this spring.
No worries, there's a quick trick to upgrade your go-to dress for upcoming soirees this summer. Pick a colorful belt to wrap around your waist, and voila! The contrasting bright accessory livens up your whole ensemble by breaking up the head-to-toe metallics with a surprising pop of color.
Here's the runway version from Jenny Packham's Fall 2012 show that will still haven't gotten out of our minds. The red belt accentuates a shapely waist.
Gisele Bündchen beamed in a metallic silver beaded dress. The neon pink bow upped the red carpet choice from run-of-the-mill to memorable statement.
Model Gisele Bundchen arrives at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Zooey Deschanel matched her pumps and gold shift but added a red belt for a finishing touch true to her mod fashion sense.
Paz Vega went the more delicate route by choosing a yellow skinny belt to pair with a floor-length silver gown.
For those feeling a little more bold, follow Kate Bosworth's lead and belt a vibrant sequined dress with an equally eye-catching color.
(Getty Images)Start updating your ensembles with our colorful belt picks, below:
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Kate Spade New York Skinny Belt with Bow Detail in Pink, $68, at lordandtaylor.com; Michael Michael Kors Reversible Leather Belt in Summer Blue, $58, at nordstrom.com; Express Center Bow Glossy Skinny Belt in Red, $20, at express.com; J.Crew Skinny Perforated Belt, $30, at jcrew.com