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Behold, the cinched waist is back and with it the inches-whittling belt. Indeed, the accessory that time forgot is having a full-blown renaissance. Recently the chic set has been fastening it to everything from flouncy skirts to blouson tops to sleek evening gowns. For day, Amanda Brooks opted for one of the season’s favorites — a suede scarlet Yves Saint Laurent Pilgrim buckle — while Rachel Roy chose an even wider version, a Ralph Lauren crocodile double-buckle belt for a casual evening out.

Even black-tie affairs offer an appropriate stage for the belt’s appearance: Witness Eleanor Ylivsaker’s elegant, satin one punctuating her floating yellow frock.

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