20 Dec

Your Questions, Answered: Belt It!

Today I’m answering a question sent in from a reader, just like you! Emily asks…

I’d really like to integrate more belts into my wardrobe but I’ve never found a good style or size for me.  Any tips?

Oh, belts… they seem like such a simple accessory, but they can really make or break an outfit!  The great news is, once you find the size and style of belt that best suits your body, you’ve got a great way to add a little punch to your wardrobe.

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When it comes to belts, the two biggest things to consider are size and placement.  A general rule of thumb: if you’re a small person (in either weight or height), aim for a thinner belt.  Likewise, if you’re a little larger, a wider belt will suit you best.

Even more important than size is placement.  When it comes to placement, remember that wearing a belt at your natural waistline isn’t always the most flattering, even though it seems like it would be.  In truth, that look is best suited for women with longer torsos and smaller hips, like this:

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If you have a shorter waist (especially if you’re well-endowed), it’s generally more flattering to wear your belt a little lower than your natural waist:

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And if you’re carrying a little extra weight in your midsection, try wearing your belt slightly higher than your natural waistline:

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The most important thing to remember is that you don’t want to draw attention to the belt, you want the belt to draw attention to you!  So, the best advice I can offer is to visit a department store with a wide range of styles.  Wear a loose-fitting top or dress, and play around with width and placement.  You’ll be amazed to see how different your body looks with each way you wear a belt.

Do you have trouble finding the perfect belt for your body?  Do you follow the rules about size and placement?  Have you been a little unsure about incorporating belts into your wardrobe?  Share your thoughts in the comments!


{ posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 }


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  • Emily writes:

    Thanks Kim! I guess it’s time for me to get shopping!

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