When the topic of designer accessories comes up, it's easy to immediately jump to the conclusion that handbags are on the agenda, but some accessories are just as much of a cult buy as their arm-candy counterparts. As my headline may have given away, the subject I'm focusing on today is designer belts.
Designer belts have always been prevalent. Though it might appear to be a recent phenomenon, you can actually trace Gucci's GG belt back as far as the early '70s. The beauty of such belts is that they're undeniably classic but still have a trend-led appeal to them. And while we could debate their actual affordability all day long, I think we can all agree that designer belts are more affordable than designer bags and shoes generally tend to be.
Although rooted in fashion history, I would argue that now, in 2022, the desire for owning a designer belt has reached a fever pitch. And I've noticed one style, in particular, seems to be growing increasingly popular in style circles. Almost out of nowhere, Celine's Triomphe belt has been catapulted into the sartorial spotlight and keeps following me around on social media—not that I mind one bit. It's certainly making my feed a chicer place.
The belt was introduced following the reissue of Celine's Triomphe bag in 2019 along with the rest of Hedi Slimane's debut collection for the brand. As for the Triomphe's origin story? It's very charming. In 1972, the brand's founder Céline Vipiana's car broke down in Paris right in front of the Arc de Triomphe. While stranded, she became inspired by the iconic monument's ornate chain detailing—the outline of which makes up the central part of the Triomphe clasp. Flanked by two Cs, Celine's founder immediately adopted it as a house emblem.
Following its comeback in 2019, I need not remind you what happened next in 2020. So it seems only fitting that, as we have more outfit moments to look forward to, the Celine Triomphe belt is finally getting the attention it deserves.
Subtle enough to be incredibly versatile but instantly recognisable due to its beautiful design, the Celine Triomphe belt presents a quiet but impactful way to bestow your look with designer credibility. As well as the dusting of styling inspiration I've included throughout this piece, I've done the hard work for you by rounding up the sleekest Celine Triomphe belts for you, all in one place. If you want to own a piece of fashion history to carry with you into the future, this just might be the thing—scroll on to see them.
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