How To Cinch Your Formal Dress With a Waist Belt To Look Slimmer

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Fitted gowns are red carpet staples, but these days, there is a growing trend of fitted red carpet dresses with one accent: the belt. Giving the illusion of a tinier midsection, it can make you look slimmer if worn the right way.

In the last month alone, we spotted three beautiful celebrities in belted gowns on the red carpet, namely Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zoe Saldana. You can see their looks below:

Rachel Weisz wears a thin belt with a curve-hugging nude Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013 gownRachel Weisz wears a thin belt with a curve-hugging nude Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013 gown at the UK premiere of ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ held at the Empire Leicester Square in London on February 28, 2013

Michelle Williams wears a black belt with a feathered Burberry dress at the UK premiere of 'Oz the Great and Powerful'Michelle Williams wears a black belt with a feathered Burberry dress at the UK premiere of ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ held at the Empire Leicester Square in London on February 28, 2013

Zoe Saldana poses for photographers as she arrives at the 85th Annual OscarsZoe Saldana poses for photographers as she arrives at the 85th Annual Oscars at Hollywood Highland Center in Los Angeles on February 24, 2013

Cinch your dress at the waist and show off your figure with any of the following belted gowns!

From Teri Jon, this lustrous Gazar gown is a clean, simple gown that will make your beauty stand out. It has a sweetheart neckline, shoulder straps, and a self-belt with jeweled buckle. The dress retails for $780, not bad for formal wear:

Teri Jon Belted Gazar Gown, $780

Teri Jon Belted Gazar Gown

For something more modern but still elegant, consider this Catherine Deane dress for $1,900. It is made of a mesh skirt and a leather top The optional belt defines the waist:

Catherine Deane Leather Top Dress, $1,900

Catherine Deane Leather Top Dress

Stand out in this gorgeous jersey gown with a leather belt by Michael Kors. It has halter straps that crisscross at the open back:

Michael Kors Belted Jersey Gown, $1,398

Michael Kors Belted Jersey Gown

Here’s another stunning colored gown. This one is by Stella McCartney:

Stella McCartney Belted Gown, $5,180

Stella McCartney Belted Gown

This last dress by Theia and is a romantic floor-length gown made of lace. The dress has three-quarter sleeves, a scooped back, and a slender belt:

Theia Belted Floor-Length Dress

Theia Belted Floor-Length Dress

Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / Joe Alvarez / WENN

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