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This fall, you don’t have to be a martial arts expert to rock the power of a black belt.

Vogue loves it this month, and a bevy of celebs are sporting the look. Which might not mean much, except it really is striking—and that’s why we like it.

In a season where there’s much ado about menswear, color blocking, and other strong lines, we like a trend that gives us a chance to create a little curve, and the wide belt is it. Wear it at the waist, over a trim jacket, tunic sweater or sweater dress, to create a feminine silouette that still packs a punch. There’s something about that wide-belt, we find, that says “power”—maybe it reminds us just a little of Wonder Woman, but without the lasso and funny wrist bands.

Making it work for less is our angle, of course, so we’ve found these budget-friendly options:

How to Wear Big, Black Belts

Black patent, from New York and Company, $11.97 on sale

Eclipse waist belt, Forever 21, $7.80

Interlock sash belt, Target, $16.99

braided leather belt, $28 at JCPenney

Anne Klein patent belt, at Chadwick’s, $59

~ Angela

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