Belt up your style
Once upon a time, long, long ago, belts were used for one sole purpose only – that being, to hold up ones pants. They were also, the sole property of men. Now, belts are an extremely important part of a woman’s wardrobe staples because she just can’t do without them.
Earlier they were slightly broad lengths of leather, with very staid black or white stitches along the edges and a very sober buckle. Now they come in myriad colours with different accessories in place of the buckle, they are adjustable and elastic and what’s more, their original purpose is now no longer the only claim to a humble belt’s fame!
Belts are now used to accentuate curves and accessorise, more than to hold up a humble pair of pants. And when they are used for that purpose, more often and not, it is a style statement that women want to make. A chic way to show off a pretty belt, is now to wear it with a dress. Yes, instead of pants, these days, belts are being worn more with dresses!
Belting a dress is a fabulous way to pretty up an existing outfit. If you are wearing a dark coloured dress with not too much details, a belt would add a lot of glamour to it. If you are wearing a dark blue dress, for example, wear a slim belt in gold around the hips. A white cotton shift dress can be cinched at the waist with a broad lacework belt in black or any other contrasting colour, and so on.
Not only that, belts can help you flatter your figure very effectively. If you are worried about extra pounds and find yourself regularly wearing baggy, slouchy clothes, just cinch it at your bust line with a belt. You do not need to have loops to hold them in place, just buckle it at the point which feels the tightest.
Wearing your belt on your waist – not at your hips or midway between your waist and your hips, will give you a very nice, curvy, hourglass figure, especially if the belt is broad and covers a large expanse. You can jazz up your look further by picking a belt which has studs or spikes and a belt with a loose chain also looks very glam. If you are fond of jeans, instead of wearing a belt through the loops, wear it slung low over a tunic, with boots for that added touch.
Position of where you wear your belt is very important because else you might feel very uncomfortable. If you have a paunch, wear it slightly above the waist line and under your bust. If you have a short torso, then position the belt in the middle of it, so as to even out the length. If you have a longer torso, then wear it close to the hips to minimize the length of it.
If you are still worried about any extra bumps and lumps after wearing a belt, wear a shrug, jacket or a cardigan over it. Also, elastic belts are now all the rage – and they are extremely comfortable because they stretch.
Belts add more options to your wardrobe – so why not go ahead and make use of them in more ways than one?