You may have noticed belts are back in fashion?
The current popularity of belts goes with the, now main stream, trend for more volume in clothing (in both width and length) and the return of the full-tuck. The addition of a belt to an outfit helps control the volume and provides a finishing touch. And if you have tucked-in your top, and your pants or skirt has belt hoops your outfit will look incomplete if you don't add a belt.
A belt is often a focal point in an outfit. It draws attention to the waist and emphasizes how shapely (or otherwise) that area is.
Yet many of us don't like our tummy area. So, what to do when belts are back in fashion, as they are now?
Luckily, it is possible to wear a belt and create the illusion of a defined waist, even if your middle isn't your best feature.
So if, like me, you're ready to give belts another try, here are some ideas for how to wear a belt based on your body shape and proportions.
A well-defined waist means you either have an hourglass or triangle body shape. You should find it easy to wear belts that make you look and feel good. A belt will define one of your best body features.
However, you will still need to pay attention to your other proportions to find the belt widths, positions and colors that work best for you.
Typically a belt positioned at your natural waist-line will work well.
If you are shorter than about 165cm (5'5") you'll probably find that narrow or medium belts work best with your curves and height.
Your horizontal proportion will be rectangle, inverted triangle or apple.
The wider your torso is, and the more your tummy protrudes, the more challenging it will be for you to wear a belt without emphasizing those aspects of your shape.
You may also be thicker than you like from front to back and a belt can make this more obvious. However, it's still worth experimenting to see if you can find a look that works for you.
My horizontal shape is rectangle. Even though I'm slim, I don't have much waist definition and it's easy for me to look shapeless from the front and too thick from front to back. I have a balanced vertical shape.
Boxy top over long full skirt. The belt adds a pleasing finishing touch to this outfit Photo 1:Untucked ; Photo 2: partial tuck; Photo 3: belted partial tuck; Photo 4: side view
This outfit of a boxy top over a full, midi-length skirt is perhaps not an obvious combination. However, when the top is partially tucked it has pleasing proportions. I do wear this outfit without a belt. However, the belt adds a pleasing finishing touch.
I could wear this top fully tucked, and then blousoned, but the partial tuck disguises my front to back proportion. It also disguises that I'm wearing the belt quite loose. I have a tendency to bloat so a loose belt works best for me.
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This is also referred to as being high-waisted. If you have a larger bust that results in you having less space between your bust and your waist this recommendation also applies to you. Wear belts below your natural waist-line, anywhere from just under your natural waist-line to on your hips (if you have a straighter shape).
Also referred to as low-waisted. You have more torso space to play with, so wider belts should work for you. Try wear belts just above your natural waist-line.
Don't be afraid to experiment.
Take selfies, or get someone to take photos of you. It's so much easier to be objective when we see ourselves in a photo.
You may decide that the belt trend isn't for you, and that's ok. However, you may also find that it's an easy way to update your look.