How to wear belts

How to wear belts

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by Felicia Bittle

WCNC.com

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 12:07 PM

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Belts You Say?
Belts, belts, belts!  The original purpose: to support clothing.  The current purpose:  still to support clothing but in addition, to act as an accessory for varying outfits.  Belts are great for transforming ordinary, simple outfits into bold, standout ensembles.  They are also cool for creating waistlines and helping to accentuate your curves.  But certain outfits dictate certain styles, lengths and widths of belts.  Here a few tips on how to rock belts with some of your hottest looks:     
First consider the positioning of the belt.  Does the belt need to sit directly on your natural waistline, slightly above or slightly below it?  Inquisitive minds want to know…Well, think about what’s going on with your body:  (1) if your bust is regular sized but you are heavier in your mid area, try positioning the belt just above the waistline, (2) if your top heavy with a shorter waistline then position the belt below your waistline and (3) for long-waisted folks, try positioning the belt higher than your waistline Tip:  your waistline is located where you belly button resides…
Second, what width should you use?  Wider belts are great for minimizing those mid area blues, but make sure to either position it right above or right at your waistline.  And when trying to define your waistline, consider wearing a narrower belt positioned lower in the front.  Ladies with short –waists should use narrow/skinny belts and long-waisted ladies should use wider belts. 
Third, color does matter.  After determining the belt’s positioning and width, it’s time to think about the color.  Oh yes, even with belts there are a couple of guidelines:  (1) Waistlines that aren’t defined, consider a belt with a low contrast for definition, (2) unlike a high contrast belt which brings more attention to your waistline.
The key to wearing a belt correctly is to factor in the position and style of the belt, style of the ensemble and what overall effect do you want the belt to pull off.   Yes, it is a lot to consider.  But frankly, there isn’t one solution for everyone.  Sometimes it’s all about trial and error, and experimenting with belts to see which one really works for your body type.  Remember, the difference between an average ensemble and the “wow factor” look can all be in two words:  the belt!
Here are some additional ways to make use of those belts in your closets:
Wear a Belt to Play Up a Small Waist
Wear a Belt to Play Ground a Print
Wear a Belt to Capture Volume
Wear a Belt to Define Your Silhouette  
Wear a Belt to Accentuate an Average Look 
 

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