High End Vs. High Street: Black Belt

by ionarosemccabe

Black Belt

One item that I have completely fallen in love with from the Fall shows, is this gorgeous Alexander Wang cable knit sweater on the left. Most of AW‘s collection is blacker than black but this creamy creation adds a slightly softer tone whilst still conveying notions of androgyny, due to the oversized silhouette and studded details.

What better way to style it than with a wide leather waist belt, pointed chelsea boots and a pair of statement sunglasses? You may be wondering why I included shades in this post as September is almost upon us, but I’m a firm believer that sunglasses can be worn all year round.

Although oversized styles are great, anyone that knows me will rarely see me wearing a large blazer or sweater without a belt. It sounds strange, but it does make me feel more comfortable being cinched at the waist and I think it really can define any shape. Needless to say, I was super happy when I saw that waist belts were making a comeback for Fall – it’s certainly one of the few 1980s trends that appeals to me!

Whether you are on a budget or have money to blow, this glossy grunge style can be easily achieved. Find out where to buy both looks via the links below.

Zara white top
£33 – zara.com

Alexander Wang cable knit sweater
£1,370 – neimanmarcus.com

Tamara Mellon stretch pants
£555 – stylebop.com

Acne Studios black leather boots
£365 – acnestudios.com

Office ankle boots

Zara bucket bag
£65 – zara.com

Givenchy black handbag

Isabel Marant waist belt
£275 – net-a-porter.com

Black sunglasses
£18 – untitledandco.com

Christian Dior clear lens sunglasses
£390 – barneys.com

Vince Camuto waist belt
£31 – vincecamuto.com