before i discovered style blogs, i used to think of belts as only a mechanism to keep my pants in place or a must-wear with a blouse or dress that had an accompanying belt. not so, my friends. they are powerful (beltacular, if you will) remixing tools.
when putting together an outfit, i first choose the basic pieces, then consider if a belt would look good at one of these three levels:
- a belt at the garment line adds visual interest and provides a break between your top and bottom fabrics. it can match your shoes or compliment them- you choose!
- a belt at the natural waist shows off the smallest part of you. it’s best to use an elastic belt at this level for two reasons. one, this part of your body generally has a lot of movement so you’ll be more comfortable, and two, it will hug your waist better than a stiffer fabric.
- empire waistlines are timeless and classy. they’re also the best for days you aren’t feeling your thinnest. they still define your shape, but allow for more give in the stomach area. sushi envy anyone?
if i’m wearing a skirt, i consider the width of the belt.
- my personal preference with belting skirts is to use a thin belt an inch or so below the top of the fabric band. this allows a small strip of fabric to show above the belt and “grounds” the look.
- a medium belt can be used in the same way or to serve as a distinct line between the top and bottom pieces.
- i almost always use thick belts to create a distinct line between my top and bottom pieces. it creates a more streamlined look since a larger belt grabs a larger amount of fabric.
even though i’ve highlighted pants and skirts, these general rules also apply to dresses.
finally, the way you tie your belt can create multiple options. this recent post by audrey at putting me together is so helpful. she shows you how to tuck, loop, double knot, and knot your belt (scroll to the bottom of the post). she’s brilliant, i tell you.
when it comes down to it, there are no hard and fast rules for belting- if there’s anything i hope you get out of this post, it’s to experiment with belts and try combinations you haven’t before. if all else fails, find some pictures of outfits you like and try to recreate them with items from your own closet. you’ll be belting like a fiend in no time!
pps is anyone a code whiz? i want to use the pretty buttons when i link up to fun new sites, but when i copy and paste the code into my draft, it always previews as a bunch of mumbo jumbo. help!