The Perfect Everyday Belt
The Want: As the longest-lasting item in your closet (next to your prom tux), your belt should suit every occasion—whether it’s worn in businesslike black or jaunty brown, around the waist or on the hip.
The Get: Canali’s calf-leather take on the reversible black-brown belt ($195; www.canali.it) allows men either to follow the diktat that belts and shoes should match or defiantly buck the trend. For women, the Strenesse Blue chain and leather belt ($320;  472-4033), worn around the waist, can enliven an otherwise plain sheath dress. While kept low on the hip, the belt works well with a loose blouse or a comfortable evening sweater.