Fashion-conscious belts have been popular for awhile now, so it only makes sense that the trend spread into wedding attire. The last couple of seasons has seen more belts modeled with the latest and traditional dress styles, giving an ensemble a modern look.
Now that Kate Middleton has worn a bejeweled belted reception dress (or perhaps had it sewn into the dress, creating a belt-like look). Either way, expect the trend to be fueled! Adorned with beads, crystals, or embroidery, the bridal (or bridesmaid) belt can either blend in with the dress or contrast it, depending on what effect one wants to achieve.
Photos from left to right:
1. The Duchess wore a contrasting, but neutral, belt to offset her relatively unodorned gown.
2. The beaded belt dresses up a simple wedding gown with color, giving it more visual interest (The belt is available here, from RomanticGowns, in any of 27 colors for around $40).
3. A narrower belt with larger jewels works as well. (This dress is available here, from The Limited, about $300.)
4. This satin mermaid gown displays a nonremovable sequined belt (From LightInTheBox, about $250).
(5. The belt works on an empire waist as well. This square-neck organza gown comes with a rhinestone and satin sash (Overstock, only $93)