Don’t underestimate the power of a good belt. This accessory can actually make or break any kind of outfit. More than something to keep your bottoms from falling, a belt is actually great for accentuating your best style assets. It can draw people’s attention to a slim waist or draw it lower to shapely hips. So it goes without saying that you don't go for just any type of belt. Here are our best tips on how to choose the perfect one according to your needs.
Choose a length that works for you
Ideally, the right belt is one that fits you up to the middle hole. A belt where only the first hole fits could make you look oddly bloated while a long belt wrapped around your waist many times can ruin a perfectly good silhouette.
Style it the right way
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If you’re planning to wear a large, statement necklace for your outfit then it might be good to tone down on the belt and choose a thinner piece. Wearing a wide, buckled belt might clash with your neckpiece and make your outfit look costumey.
If you want to wear a belt with a statement buckle, on the other hand, make sure that the rest of your clothes are not over-the-top. For this, you can choose to wear simple denim jeans and a plain shirt or tank top. You should also keep accessories to a bare minimum.
When worn with skirts
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If you decide to wear a belt with a skirt, make sure that you choose a classic silhouette such as a high waist pencil cut. Adding a belt will accentuate your waist so make sure that it stays in place.
The belt and shoe formula
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Matching your belt with your shoes is a classic belt tip but it’s actually okay not to follow this one. Make sure, however, that the two still complement each other. For example, a thick red belt would look great when wearing strappy gold heels.
Belting a dress
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Using belts for a dress would seem like a good idea since it can accentuate your waist and make a girly attire look even more feminine. However, it is still best to choose which ones to use a belt with — a tailored tunic might bunch unflatteringly around your waist area if you decide to use a wide belt. We say don't stray from the classics!
Knot the end of your belt
This is one style that absolutely looks so chic when done properly or can be a complete disaster when done wrong. Knotting the end of a long belt is best for casual outfits. Just make sure that you have enough belt length to loop the ends and make it look effortless.
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