When I ask my clients how they feel about belts, the answer I receive is often ‘not sure’. Or perhaps they will say that they don’t have the figure to wear a belt.
It’s frankly an urban myth that you need to be tall and lean or have a perfect hourglass figure.
Worn the right way a belt can add definition and enhance your body shape. A belt can also provide the focal point for an outfit. .
We can all wear a belt. But as with most items in our wardrobes, it’s about making the right choices. Hopefully my tips will inspire you to wear a belt other than to hold your jeans up!
Wear A Belt To Flatter Your Shape
The elements of your body that you need to consider to determine what shape of belt to go for are:
- Are you short waisted?
- Are you long waisted?
- Do you have a defined waist?
- Do you have a full bust?
- Are your hips full?
- Do you have a thick waist?
- Are you petite?
This means that your natural waist is closer to your bust than your hips. This may also be referred to as high waisted. So to wear a belt you should chose the following looks:
- A narrow belt
- Wear a belt across your hips
- Wear a belt the same colour as your top and in contrast to your bottom
- Select a belt that is the same colour as your outfit
If You Are Long Waisted
This means that your torso is long and your natural waist sits quite low. Consider the following to wear a belt
- A wide belt
- Wear a belt just above your natural waist. Do not allow it to sit on your hips, as this will emphasize your long torso.
Women who have a long waist will have shorter legs so you want to use styling tips to create longer legs.
Do You Have A Defined Waist?
If you have an hourglass figure or a pear shaped body with a defined waist, embrace it! Wear a belt that shows off your waist and emphasizes your curves, giving definition to your shape. It doesn’t need to be a statement belt, it can blend in to your outfit.
Conversely if you do not have a defined waist, but have slender hips wear a belt to create a waist.
If You Have A Full Bust
Wear a belt that to show off your curves.
If you have a large bust you may find yourself having to buy a dress that fits your bust but may be too big elsewhere. Avoid a shapeless look, which will be really unflattering. Wear a belt to define your bust and flatter your voluptuous curves.
A full bust can create the illusion of a short waist, so consider a medium width belt.
Are Your Hips Full?
If your hips are broader than your shoulders then you have a pear shaped body. But before you start despairing about your hips and thighs, embrace the fact that you have a defined waist.
Go out there and show off your waist. Wear a belt on your waist but be careful not to wear a belt too low, especially if you are wearing a cropped jacket. This will simply make your hips look bigger.
Do You Have A Thick Waist?
Women who have a thick waist often feel that they should not wear a belt. They are concerned that this will draw attention to their tummy. But for women who have a thick waist a belt can emphasize your lovely bust and show off your curves. Wear a belt slightly higher than your natural waistline. Choose a belt that blends with your outfit in a stretch fabric and see the results.
Are you petite?
If you are petite then be careful if you decide to wear a wide belt.
A wide belt in a contrasting colour to your outfit will simply cut you in half. It will create a horizontal line, which will have the effect of making you look shorter.
You can wear a belt with a tie that sits low on your waist and hangs down. This will create vertical lines and help you to look taller.
How To Style A Belt?
Having determined what you should look for to suit your body shape, now it’s on to the fun part of how to wear a belt with style!
This probably sounds very obvious but a belt should be a reflection of your personality and your style. The following are just a few ideas of how you can have fun with belts!
Enhance Your Body Shape
Show off the parts of your body you love!
If you are wearing a loose fitting top and tight trousers add a belt to enhance your silhouette.
An oversized top or dress will look finished with a belt slung around your hips.
A tight fitting top and baggy trousers will look good with a belt to complete the look and give some structure to your silhouette.
Wear a metallic belt with a monochrome dress or jumpsuit for an occasion.
Look at belts with a statement buckle to create a real attention grabbing look.
A wide belt will make a bold statement.
Make this the focal point of your outfit. You can contrast your belt with shoes and handbag for a real impact.
Alternatively a slightly more classic dramatic look would be to wear a statement belt that matched your bag and shoes.
Be creative and have fun!
Wear a bright patterned scarf as a belt. This can look great with jeans – blue or white denim for a fun summer look.
If you have a coat, such as a trench coat, that has a detachable belt swap this for a patterned scarf for a quirky look.
Do you wear a belt? If so how do you wear belts, please share in the comments below.
If you are not confident about how to wear a belt or how to complete an outfit with accessories, why not join us for The Finishing Touch Workshop?
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