Size 32 jeans, size 60 belt.
We noticed that the humble belt was reaching new proportions on runways a few seasons back, moving from mere utilitarian item to more capital-F fashion piece. And it’s popped up in all the right places—Instagram, Off-White boutiques, Dover Street Market—since. But, naturally, it took A$AP Rocky to prove that, yes, a long-ass belt will be a fashion must-have this fall.
Rocky, of course, killed it, pairing his sturdy shearling jacket, light-wash jeans, throwback checkerboard Vans, and traffic-stopping long-sleeve yellow T-shirt with a floor-scraping yellow belt. But we’ve seen other versions of the look around; Rocky is just the latest and most high-profile endorsement of a trend that, again, has manifested itself in other, weirder ways of late.
Last year, for example, we spotted Virgil Abloh wearing one of his own Off-White belts with a Prada shirt at Men’s Fashion Week in New York:
We’ve seen the look at Paris Fashion Week (below left), too. And in perhaps the strongest possible confirmation that the long belt is about to be massive, cooler-than-cool label Vetements featured it in their recent Spring-Summer 2018 lookbook. If designers like Virgil and Demna Gvasalia are into it, fashion-conscious celebrities are about to be into it, and you and me and your mom will be into it shortly thereafter.
In fact, that trickle-down is already starting: Longer, cooler, wrap-’em-and-tuck-’em belts are showing up at your favorite stores, from brands like Julius, Robert Geller, and Cmmn Swdn. This fall, wearing a belt merely to keep your pants up just won’t cut it anymore. It’s time to go long.
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