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Ask BB: Multi-Buckle Belts on a Budget

I am seriously searching for a belt like this picture (right). It doesn't have to have as many strands as the picture but at least have 2 strands and doesn't have to be as thick at the back—it could be a thin belt all the way around. Any help would be great. —Y

That belt is hot, I can see why you'd want one! Double the fun of a single strap belt, the latest crop of hot belts have two or more buckles. I personally own this belt by Xhilaration from Target ($16.99), and I love it (see me wearing it here). Below, you'll find my picks for the best multi-buckle belts on a budget from around the web. Hope this helps!

New Store Spotlight: Akira Chicago

UPDATE: Use code BUDGETBABE for 15% off any full price merchandise

Akira is a Chicago fashion phenom, and it's one of the stores I miss most now that I'm living away from home (but I always visit when I'm in town). This trend-driven boutique features a mix of high and low-end clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags and jewelry. You can find designer shades and a cheap jersey top, a LaRok mini and a Free People tee, all under one roof (well, actually I think they have 6 locations now!). Their main North avenue store is a must-visit if you're ever in Chicago, but their online store is almost as impressive. It's still relatively new and they've got some work to do, but I think that if Akira plays their cards right, they could become the next Shopbop. Here are the spoils of my online hunt at Shop Akira Chicago (

BB Dakota Cupcake Dress, $64. The print. That shape! This is one hot floral frock.

Akira Leaf Print Dress, $69. If florals aren't your thing, the wispy leaf print on this dress may be calling your name.

Akira Print Skirt with Tulle, $32. Louis Vuitton and Just Cavalli made tribal chic hot for spring, and this skirt is a great way to work the trend your own way.

Akira Clutch, $34. Citrus hues are hot this season, too. Love this juicy orange color.

Classified Fenris-H Sandle, $29. Beaded and studded is the way to wear your sandals this summer.

Akira Denim Jumpsuit, $44. This denim jumpsuit has the ease and convenience of a dress: Just toss on one piece, and you're good to go.

Deal du Jour: Select Nine West Shoes $19.95 at

Nine West "Famia" Orig. $69.00 Now $19.95. Reminiscent of the ever-popular Kork-Ease sandals, these 8-hour wedges will work with everything you own.

The Deal: This Weekend! Nine West! Special Group only $19.95!

Why You Need It: Nine West is one of the best shoe brands for the fashion and budget conscious woman, hands down. They carry the latest trends as well as timeless styles to round out your shoe wardrobe. Pick up some cute summer wedges like the "Famia" (above) to wear with shorts, skirts, capris, dresses or for added height under a maxi dress.