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Is This Accessory the New Cool-Girl Staple?

Fashion food for thought.
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Let's be real here: Belts never were for just keeping your pants upat least not for the fashion kid. It's a truth more acknowledged now than ever before, and all we needed was a quick scroll through Instagram to confirm our suspicions. Are belts the new It item? The possibility's got us in a serious cinch, so indulge our weighing in!

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First up, the logo belt. Since its meteoric rise back into the scene, we've seen those telltale interlocked letters (Gs or Cs or Hs, as you please) looped around famous waists the world over. We don't blame them: after all, a brand-brandishing belt is the quickest—and sometimes, comparatively more affordable—way to flaunt a label. That, or your initials just happen to be LV, too.

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This double jump ring belt is EVERYWHERE. Favored by the younger, trendier set to anchor their '90s-flavored two-tone mom jeans in place, it seems that distressed denim simply can't look better with anything else. We agree, tbh.

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Yours truly first saw these on Korean stars not-so-subtly making their way through the airport, lengths of fabric trailing behind them. What are those? Answer: they're the fabric/canvas belts that you once, perhaps in your childhood, used as a necessity, now worn extra, extra long and dangling from every K-pop idol's hip. If you're still wondering what it feels like to have a tail...

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We blame it on Prada's sailor-inspired Fall 2016 show. Seasons may have passed but the corset belt hasn't rested since then; laced over (and not under!) Miuccia's veritable army of military coats and oversized, utilitarian jackets, the modest ladies of the 1800s would have had a collective heart attack.

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Look ma, no hands! The fanny pack (or belt bag, whichever you like) has officially shed its sweaty tourist dad image, finding its way into both our trousers' belt loops and our hearts. We're calling it: this is going to be the new thing of things, so pile 'em on. Like, literally.

This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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