Of all the iconic fashion shoots that are stuck in my mind, my favorite is the Chanel advertisement where all the supes (Linda, Claudia, Naomi, Christy and more) were decked out in the chicest biker gear, like, ever. The ad, shot in black and white in the '90s by famed lensman Peter Lindbergh, has the ladies wearing leather boots and skirts, topped with classic Chanel jackets and blinged-out belts.
So I was more than thrilled to find something similar in a thrift shop in California a few years ago. It's a far cry from Chanel (it's actually The Limited, and it cost me ten dollars), but the black leather belt with gold chain hardware takes just about anything from boring to banging (sorry, I had to). Since then, I've amassed a collection of heavy metal belts: A metal eagle that could pass for something Mike Tyson might own, and a vintage Versace chain-link beauty are two of my favorites.
Best of all, the belts are year-round accents: Add them to a summer dress for a bit of oomph, or cinch your coat in winter to stand out in a sea of black. Here, seven blinged-out belts.