To Belt or not to Belt

The belted waist has helped women make a fashion statement for what seems like forever. When worn the right way, it can create a sexy, hourglass shape and really help your outfit pop. However, here is the thing, a belt is not always a necessary accessory. You do not want to have one there just for the heck of it! Here are some tips on how to keep the look on trend.

The belted waist is totally versatile. You can wear it with a plain, button down, a cardigan, layered tees, and more. In fact, most materials work well with a belt, but there are some knits that are just too bulky. A quick glance in the mirror can save you from a fashion flop.

You should never wear a belt with a wrap dress. This defeats the purpose. Instead, try an elongated necklace for a well proportioned look.

Does your body ‘shape’ to a belt around the waist? Be honest with yourself. If you are generously beautiful in the mid-section, the last thing you want to do is put a belt over it. Add a chic, layered necklace, or some great earrings instead.

Does your belt add or subtract from the overall theme of your outfit? For example…You are wearing a sheer shirt with an open cardigan, skinny jeans, hot boots, a unity scarf, and detailed earrings. Do you really need a belt around your waist? In this case, it is just too much. Stash it for another day.

If you do decide to don a belt, make sure it hits at the right place. Imagine placing a corset over your clothes. Now cinch it. That is where your belt should be wrapped. Thick belt, or thin belt? Well, that is up to you. See what matches your frame and personality the best. Variety is the spice of life!

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