We’ve talked about the basics of belting, how to dip your toes into the belting waters, and what belts can do for you, but I know that some of you still struggle with belting. The blogger-belt love affair is a long-standing one, and it can be colossally frustrating to see this fun accessory deployed successfully on so many women, and STILL feel mystified as to how you might belt your own ensembles.
Well, I read something recently – in People Style Watch, of all places – that gave me a welcome jolt of new perspective on the world of belting. Something I should’ve realized long ago, but never quite did:
It’s all about the torso.
Maybe you read this and thought, “Uh DUH,” but I’m telling you, I had never thought in those terms. I knew belts could create balance, shift focus, break the body up in a million ways … but the belt-torso link is new to me. Here are the main things I learned from the article:
A skinny belt can make a short torso look longer
Swoop, There It Is Belt – $24.99
If you’re short-waisted and feel like every belt you try makes you look as if your chin and knees are rubbing up against each other, try a skinnier style. The slimmer the belt, the more it will elongate your torso.
A hip-slung belt will also make a short torso look longer
Oval Metal Chain Belt – $15.74
Alternately, if you want to elongate your torso from the top down, placing a focal point at your hips does the trick. A loose chain or leather hip-slung belt draws the eye downward, elongating a short torso.
A wide belt can make a long torso look shorter
Super Stud Belt in Red – $15
If the majority of your body length is in your torso, you may find yourself looking for ways to create proportional balance. A wide belt is the quickest, easiest way to make a long torso appear shorter.
A skinny belt that wraps can give that edgy/chunky feel without the torso-shortening properties of a wide belt
Never Belt This Way -$14.99
Love the look of wide belts … on OTHER PEOPLE? If you can’t find an enormous obi that pleases your eye when belting your bod, you can simulate the overall aesthetic of a wide belt by deploying one that wraps. I know, it’s not the same thing, but it might serve as an acceptable stand-in.
A wide belt with openwork in the front is less torso-shortening than one that is solid all the way around.
Roping Elegance Belt – $44.99
A design that has a little bit of breathing room in the bellybutton area – which is where the observing eye typically falls – won’t break up the torso as much as a thick, wide, unbroken band. If you adore wide belts, but can’t stand how they shorten you up, seek styles with openwork fronts.
As always, you decide your OWN figure-flattery priorities. If you have no interest in monkeying with your perceived torso length, don’t! But it’s my opinion that knowing how certain items of clothing, pairs of shoes, and accessories might affect your proportions and figure is always valuable. What you do with that knowledge is, of course, your choice.
Now tell me: Were you well aware of the torso-belt relationship? Do these bits of belting advice ring true? Do you employ any of them yourself? Have you tried these techniques and found them to fall short? Any others to add?
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