Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.One of the most underrated accessories out there? Belts. Belts really just do it all. They hold our pants up, which is always a great bonus, but they also offer us an opportunity to add a stylish accent to our outfit — one we don’t have to carry around like a handbag or constantly adjust and readjust like a scarf. They’re functional, they’re fashionable and they can seriously pull together an outfit that isn’t quite hitting the mark!- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Designer belts are 100% worth the investment in our eyes. You could be wearing a $5 tee and $20 jeans and still look chic as ever with a designer belt between the two. You can totally wear it every day too! They simply don’t go out of style, and they also make an incredible gift for someone special in your life. We picked out a bunch that anyone would love to have on hand (or hips), from leather, to skinny, to wide, to even belt bags. And the color options are running wild! Whether you’re looking for Gucci, Coach or maybe Michael Kors, we’ve got just the belt for you!Quick PicksBest skinny designer belt: Chloé Skinny Leather BeltNordstromThis Burnt Mahogany belt emits designer vibes like no other, but what else would you expect from a label like Chloé? It’s made in Italy with premium leather and brass, and the signature C-logo buckle is so chic and simple yet statement-making. We love the push studs and the overall equestrian vibes. Some belts are frustrating to take on and off, but thing one keeps things easy (and gorgeous)! See it!- Advertisement – Get the Chloé Skinny Leather Belt for $350 at Nordstrom with free shipping!Best designer belt bag: Coach Turnlock Flare Belt BagCoachBelt bags are back in a big way, and they’re so much more than those old-school fanny packs. Coach obviously nailed the concept with this one, using smooth leather and goldtone hardware to make a serious statement. We love this belt bag because you can still carry around all of your essentials while keeping things hands-free, and it won’t feel bulky on your waist. You can also wear it over a shoulder if you want. See it!- Advertisement – Get the Turnlock Flare Belt Bag (originally $195) starting at just $98 at Coach with free shipping!Best white designer belt: Saint Laurent YSL Cintura Leather BeltNordstromThe Crema Soft shade of this YSL belt is our favorite. It’s such a soft white hue that it works beautifully as a neutral without creating any stark contrasts that might ruin the flow of an outfit. Add in the logo hardware acting as a keeper loop and you have a seriously unique style here — one that no one will question is designer. It comes in black too if you really want that branding to pop! See it!Get the Saint Laurent YSL Cintura Leather Belt in Crema Soft for $375 at Nordstrom with free shipping!Best wide designer belt: Tory Burch 1 1/2″ Reversible BeltTory BurchWhile some outfits call for skinnier belts, others call for wider ones, and this Tory Burch belt is surely the one for the job. Why do we love it so much? Well, it can be worn on your hips or waist, it has that beautiful metal logo buckle and shoppers are leaving it excellent ratings. The best part, however, is how many colors it comes in. You have so many options, and each option actually comes with two options of its own — this belt is reversible! Just pop off the buckle and put it on the other side! See it!Get the 1 1/2″ Reversible Belt for $198 at Tory Burch with free shipping!Best black leather designer belt: Fendi Logo Buckle Leather BeltNordstromNo wardrobe is complete without a black leather (or faux-leather) belt. It’s just not possible. You’ll wear it anywhere and everywhere, so you might as well make it Fendi! This calfskin leather belt is so edgy but sophisticated at the same time — it could dress up even a boring nightgown or plain tee and shorts. The F logo is just perfect. Well, everything about it is, really! See it!Get the Fendi Logo Buckle Leather Belt for $420 at Nordstrom with free shipping!Check out more of our picks and deals!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon legging dupes and pretty much anything about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. 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PASADENA – The embellishments author James Frey used to enhance his rehab memoir “A Million Little Pieces” are similar to the distortions addicts use to mask their addiction, said Dr. Drew Pinsky, the nationally syndicated radio talk show host and expert on chemical dependency. Speaking Tuesday at a conference on alcoholism at Las Encinas Hospital, where he heads the chemical dependency unit, Pinsky offered his opinion that Frey had either failed to come to terms with his disease or wrote an outright fiction. The Pasadena physician based his conclusions on his own experiences treating addicts. “When you treat alcoholics you have to learn how to speak fluent alcoholic,” said Pinsky. Pinsky, who is widely known for his work on KROQ’s radio show “Love Line,” wants to see a greater awareness of alcoholism so that people shake off the stigma and seek treatment before problems spiral out of control. Joining Pinsky at the conference was Tahra Goraya, executive director of Day One, a substance-abuse prevention organization in Pasadena. She outlined the economic toll alcoholism has taken on society. Citing a 2003 survey published by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Goraya said problems associated with alcoholism – crime, lost productivity and health care – have cost the county $7.4 billion. The cost to the nation is $185 billion. Alcohol abuse leads to about 4,000 deaths each year in L.A. County and plays a role in half of the homicides and one-third of suicides, the study shows. The two biggest barriers to fighting the disease are a lack of awareness about treatment and the stigma surrounding alcoholism, Goraya said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaHis point had less to do with literary criticism and more to do with the rationalizations and confabulations that alcoholics and other addicts use to hide their problems from themselves and those who seek to treat them. Society, too, seems unable to fully come to terms with the magnitude and scope of the disease, Pinsky said. “I personally believe drug and alcohol problems are the problems of our time,” Pinsky said. He went on to talk about the genetic and biological factors that contribute to alcoholism, a chronic illness he believes too few medical professionals know how to recognize or to treat. He referred to one alarming study that shows the risk of alcoholism increases five-fold in anyone exposed to alcohol before age 15. The same tendency, he added, can be found in other mammals, be they rats or dogs.