Below the belt and above, the look is a bit skinnier this season. But an essential focus is on the waist for fall, belted endless different ways. Belts are not just for the new clothes, obviously, but are a smart way to tame all those full-blown styles of last year. They've shown up in endless different ways - you can add a simple narrow leather belt over almost any jacket or wear one low slung over most dresses for a new look. They're the best accessory investment for fall and come in endless different shapes, sizes and fabrics.

From left: The studded, black leather belt from Bloomingdale's, the Sam Browne bandolier belt from Saks Fifth Avenue, the skinny lizard belt from I. Magnin, the Western belt in tooled leather with a strap for keys at Saks Fifth Avenue, the pocket belt (which doubles as a small shoulder pouch) from Lord & Taylor, the copper cummerbund sash by YSL at I. Magnin and the fur-tailed sash of suede at Woodward/Lothrop and Elizabeth Arden.

It's time to list the courses for fall in sewing, design and all things related to fashion. Please send your listing with all specifics by Sept. 10 to Fashion Department, Style Section, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20071.