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Easy Outfit Upgrade: Pair a Leather Belt with a Formal Dress

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Pair a Leather Belt with a Formal Dress(Source: Getty Images)

When it comes to dressing for maximum impact with minimum effort, it doesn't get better than a knockout dress. You slip one on and you're ready to go. However, the one-piece wonder doesn't invite too much variety. Accessories are truly the key to switching up a frock's overall effect and we've taken note of some stars turning to an unexpected piece.

When you think of worn leather belts, ripped jeans come to mind before a gown. On the red carpet, however, we've seen celebrities cinching their waists in rugged leather belts over formal ensembles. The unusual high-low mix both creates a flattering silhouette and a casual, boho touch. 

Candice Swanepoel gave a long slip dress more shape by wrapping a leather belt around it. 

Moet & Chandon Toasts to Harper's Bazaar Icons - ArrivalsCandice Swanepoel attends Moet & Chandon and Belvedere Vodka Toast to Harper's Bazaar Icons at The Plaza Hotel on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »

A black, thick belt added some edge to Megan Fox's otherwise girly, glittery design.

Megan+FoxActress Megan Fox attends the Press Conference of Paramount Pictures' 'TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES' at Shilla Hotel on August 27, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Getty Images)more pics »

Kate Bosworth broke up the monotony of her lace dress with a tan leather belt.

Kate+BosworthActress Kate Bosworth attends the Burberry Beauty garden tea at a private residence on July 14, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)more pics »

In a more laid-back setting, Karlie Kloss paired the casual staple with a free-flowing neon maxi dress.

Polo Ralph Lauren - Front Row - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015Karlie Kloss attends the Polo Ralph Lauren fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Cherry Hill in Central Park on September 8, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »

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