Southern Style

Lightweight Belts for Summer

A roundup of our favorite braided, beaded, and needlepoint takes on the classic men’s accessory

Photo: Colleen Burdett

Lightening up your wardrobe in summer isn’t just about seersucker. The addition of a belt that’s a little less leather and a lot more laid-back is also a fail-proof Southern seasonal staple. Whether you choose braided, beaded, or needlepoint, any one of these old-school looks below feel fresh.

This soft washed cotton belt by Southern Tide offers up a strong dose of color—and some stretchable give, which comes in handy post-seafood boil. ($60;

Peter Millar’s braided cotton belt is available in eight summery hues, including marina blue (shown), pink, and olive. ($98;

Designed in Charleston, South Carolina, this Matthias Kaupermann needlepoint belt is stitched from 100% cotton over canvas and paired with a slide belt buckle in 24k gold-plated silver. (Belt $149, and buckle, $495;

A white braided cotton belt by Vineyard Vines provides a subtle rope-inspired nod to nautical. ($78;

The collaboration between Fieldshop and the beaded belt experts at Camp Hero is equal parts Charleston, South Carolina, travel keepsake (colorful takes on everything from palmetto trees to Rainbow Row are part of the colorful design) and statement piece. ($150;