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The Simple Leather Belt That Instantly Elevates Dhani's Denim Uniform

Inspired by '90s Cindy Crawford.
Madewell medium perfect leather belt, $45, available at Madewell

Madewell medium perfect leather belt, $45, available at Madewell

A big part of my sartorial philosophy these days is that, as long as they are in good condition and fit well, jeans can be worn for most occasions — especially in casual Los Angeles. But lately, I've been feeling a little shlumpy and like my high-waisted jeans needed something to elevate them.

I came across this photo of Cindy Crawford on Instagram wearing the simplest outfit: a black silky button-down, black high-waisted jeans that look identical to a pair of Levi's I have and black mules. She looked so chic and I realized one of the main reasons — aside from, you know, being Cindy Crawford — was the belt cinching everything together and adding a touch of gold hardware in the middle.

So, I set out to find something similar and was thrilled to find this affordable option at Madewell. The retailer fittingly calls it the "perfect" leather belt and notes that it's a best seller, which comes as no surprise. It also comes in four different sizes which is rare to find while belt shopping. It's a staple for anyone who wants to make their high-waisted jeans look a little nicer but doesn't want to splurge on, say, a Gucci logo version.

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Madewell medium perfect leather belt, $45, available at Madewell

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