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Easy Outfit Upgrade: Belt Your Coat

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Belt Your Coat(Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)Dressing in cold weather can get boring. Besides covering your fabulous outfit with a coat daily, chances are people see you in the same parka, puffer and peacoat in rotation over and over again. Even if you get a fun piece of outerwear—one with color or an unexpected design—it's going to get old fast. That is, until now.

Taking a cue from some of the most trendsetting celebrities, we've come up with an easy way to refresh your cold-weather wardrobe with an accessory you already own: a belt. Simply cinch your jacket at the waist for a look that's both flattering and fashionable. 

Kate Middleton loves this chic trick on chilly days. The very stylish Duchess of Cambridge is often seen sporting long wool coats with coordinating leather belts and black knee-high boots

belted coats(Source: Bauer Griffin; Getty Images Europe; PacificCoastNews.com)Anna Dello Russo is known for her quirky outfits, but the editor-at-large for Vogue Japan is onto something with her belted furs. Often bulky, adding a waistband accentuates a feminine figure underneath for all body types.  

belted coat(Source: FameFlynet Pictures; Getty Images Europe)Go bold or go home. Miroslava Duma's take on this trend often involves belts that make a statement. From edgy and metal-plated to beautiful and jeweled, the street style icon makes her belt the star of the show.

statement belts over coats(Source: Getty Images Europe; Getty Images North America) Go for classic and refined like Middleton, with a sophisticated red coat ($198) and a matching red belt ($25). For style that screams "fun," pick a printed faux-fur coat ($118) and cinch with a skinny black belt ($150) like Dello Russo or make a pretty statement with a Duma-inspired pastel coat ($133) and embellished belt ($48). Whichever style you chose, try this easy upgrade for a sartorially-savvy season ahead.

belted coat picks(Ellen Tracy Funnel Collar Wool Blend Topper, $198, at Nordstrom; Tibetan Red 2-in-1 Reversible Buckle Belt, $25, at Express; Stargazer Faux Fur Coat, $118, at Nasty GalDKNY Skinny Metal Border Leather Belt, $150, at DKNY; JOA Oversized Coat, $133, at revolveclothing.comGlint 'Aeolian' Beaded Stretch Belt, $48, atNordstrom)
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