Even after years of deployment, I still feel like a bit of a newbie to the world of belting. Therefore, I will quite happily refer you to Audi’s fabulous guest post on how to break into belting for a comprehensive guide to wearing these amazingly versatile accessories. It’s gospel, as far as I’m concerned.
But I realized that a refresher on how belts can be worn and how they affect your proportions could be beneficial. And I’m such a visual learner myself, I figured some photographic examples might help!
Hip-slung belts aren’t fabulous on my bod, but they are a great way to bring they eye even further down. If you want to create balance in your figure by making your hips appear larger, a low belt will help!
Although many belts are neutral, it’s easy enough to hunt down colorful ones, and they are a simple, fun way to add color to your ensemble. Even muted tones that contrast the rest of your outfit can add interest.
Belts are no cure-all. Ill-fitting clothes will always fit ill, no matter how beautifully belted. But a shirt, dress, or skirt that is just a bit loose around the waist can be adjusted easily with the addition of a belt. The dress pictured above is a great example from my closet: Too loose on its own, perfect when belted.
Don’t go thinking that self-belts must be worn, or that waist detailing must be shown. If an item of clothing sports waistline detailing that you loathe, belt over it! This dress is darling, but has a weird flappy bit at the waist. I’ll be belting it from this day forward.
Are you a fan of belts? How do you wear yours? Do you use them to adjust proportions or fit? Are you prone to belting above or below your natural waist? Anything else you’d like to know about how belting works?