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Bold belts: Fashion-forward belts for less

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Belt bargains

No matter what you are wearing this spring, finish off your look with a bold belt. These fashion-forward belts aren't just chic, they are also cheap. Check out these bold spring belts for less.

Braided belt1Braided belts

Braided belts are hot for any season. For spring, look for braided rope belts combined with other elements, giving the finished look plenty of texture. At Chico's, you can find this belt featuring black, white and silver braids of silky cord intermixed with a silver metal chain. The back of the belt is made from printed black leather. Originally $69.00, this braided rope belt is now priced at just $27.98 at Chicos.com.

2Red beltsRed belts

This spring, if you are into the neutral trend, don't forget to add a little color to your cream, beige and white fashions every once in a while. There's nothing quite like a red belt to add a splash of color to a neutral outfit. This red snakeskin stretch belt from Torrid is bargain priced at just $22.00. It will spice up an ensemble with its chain inset, buckle straps and four-inch wide design.

3Sash beltsSash belts

Sash belts were seen all over the runway during Spring 2011 Fashion Week. A sash belt looks great over a body-hugging sheath dress. Look for a belt that is at least three inches wide for real impact. At Macy's, you can find this Style&co. sash belt in imitation leather that reverses from a smooth to a patent finish. This sash belt is priced under $20.00, making it an amazing value.

If you are short-waisted, wear your belt slung low on your hips to create the illusion of a longer torso. A chain belt works great to achieve this look. For thin ladies without a defined waist, a thick belt in a bold color can be just what you need to achieve a curvier appearance.

4Metallic beltsMetallic belts

Put the attention on your waistline with a gold metallic belt. You can cinch a gold belt around everything from a billowy tunic to a crisp white fitted blazer. Look for metallic belts with unique detailing such as studs, rivets, beads or even sequins. JK Belts offers this unique uni-sex belt with three rows of gold studs. Created from faux leather, this belt adds an edgy touch to any outfit. Priced around $10 from Overstock.com, this metallic studded belt is a fantastic bargain.

5Corset-style beltsCorset-style belts

If you are looking for the perfect belt for your steampunk or Victorian dress, we have the answer -- a corset-style belt. Though you can find corset belts at a variety of retailers, we have found that Etsy offers some truly special fashion-forward options. Our favorite is this Victorian corset belt by Hodaya. This vintage-inspired, adjustable belt features lace ribbons and a floral tapestry fabric. You can order it for just $25.00 from Karmeli Designs Etsy shop.

6Belt bagBelt purse

Shh... the fanny pack is back. Okay, it's not exactly a fanny pack but the function is the same. However, luckily the bulky, tacky 80s style has been replace by sleek, luxurious belt purses. From Hermes to Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors to Betsey Johnson, runway shows and designer shops around the world have featured these convenient belt bags. For casual wear, we like the Stone Mountain On The Go belt bag from eBags. Available in five colors, this little bag is created from buttery soft leather and priced at just $39.99.

DIYDIY Nautical rope belt

The nautical look is one trend that appears every season. Bold stripes, high-waisted pants, and anchor and rope accessories are a few ways to rock this look. Watch this video to learn how to make a one of a kind nautical looking rope belt.

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