How to wear tricky items: belts

Belts are an excellent accessory, which can be used for so much more than just holding your pants up. I never used to wear belts very often, until my mother unearthed a silver glomesh belt from her wardrobe and gave it to me. It was a relic from her teenage days, and I instantly fell in love with it. For years, that belt languished in my drawer because I had no idea what to wear it with. Now, after years of playing about, I have found a myriad of ways to wear belts that look great and help to solve several common wardrobe dramas.



Slip a skinny belt around the waist of your favorite dress to create an hourglass shape and add interest to an otherwise plain piece.



Jeans and belts were meant to go together. They are like peanut butter and ice cream. I love to wear a pair of low-slung jeans with a wide or skinny belt with an ornate buckle. Wear a simple t-shirt or button-down shirt and tuck it into your jeans. Add chunky boots for a classic rock look.



If you like punk-style looks, sling a studded belt on over your anarchist attire. You could use it to cinch an oversized tee, or sling it low on your hips.


corset beltFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

corset belt by nessbow featuring Dune shoes


Corset-type belts are excellent for reigning in volumous items. If you have a maxi-dress or top that is too billowy around the middle, a belt can be used to pull in the volume and create a more flattering waistline.




Mix and match colours and textures. If you are wearing a plain black dress, accessorize with a brightly colored belt. If you are wearing something soft and feminine, why not add a heavy studded belt for a fun contrast?



ribbon beltFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

ribbon belt by nessbow featuring Prada shoes

Make floral or feminine dresses and tops even prettier by tying a ribbon around your waist. It looks sweet, and is cheap as chips.


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