STYLE VIDEO: How to wear belts that suit you

Many of the women I meet have ‘belt phobia’ either because they believe it draws attention to their waist or belly which they want to avoid or they’re simply not sure how to wear them.  But belts can jazz up an ordinarily plain outfit, define the waistline as needed and provide added edge to your look. 

Read my tips and watch my video to find out how to wear belts…

How to wear belts

The style, position and colour of the belt needs to compliment the style of your outfit and the trick is to wear belts in a position that suits your body shape so the first step is to identify what shape you are and then have a play.  I am short-waisted with a large bust so I tend to wear my belt a little lower than my natural waist line. This evens out my silhouette giving me a more balanced figure.

If you have a longer top half and shorter legs – wear the belt just above your natural wasit line (opposite to me), this also works well for those of you that tend to carry weight around your middle since positioning it slightly higher than the problem area will draw attention to your slimmest part.

The size and style of the belt also makes a big difference.  If you’re paranoid about your tummy, wide belts or ‘corset belts’ can actually hold you in and pull you in showing off those curves in the best way.  Tall, athletic shapes look fabulous in skinny belts to add extra definition.

Now for some tips:

  • If you find belts uncomfortable, choose one with elastic in as they have more stretch and are not so rigid feeling on your body but give it time, if it is an accessory you want to try – you’ll soon get used to it.
  • Belts look amazing worn over chunky knitwear or winter coats as they add definition to your slimmest part and instantly polish and glamorize your look.  It has to be a chunky belt in order to hold the bulky fabric in place.
  • If you don’t like it when the extra belt length hangs down – use a hair pin to fasten it as shown in the video.
  • Experiment with how you tie belts – you don’t have to buckle it neatly – try going alternative and tie the belt in a knot.

The key is to experiment and find what suits you as an individual – try on different styles of belts with different looks and ask for a second opinion from a trusted friend. 

After all, fashion is about feeling comfortable in your own skin.

12th October 2010
Written by Very_Lauren

Posted by: Catherine Fisher 13 October 2010

Thanks for the advice…am off to buy seletion of belts now to try! cant wait for Bethanie’s next blog x