Many women don't spend enough time considering what belt to wear- should it be a skinny belt, wide belt, stretch waist belt or no belt at all. The options are many and choosing the perfect style is as important as picking out the right shoes or bag. And while there are no hard and fast rules in regards to which are the right colors or widths, there are some common mistakes women make that are easy to remedy.
Wearing a waist belt on your hips. Low-riding belts ooze bohemian cool but you need to wear the right type of belt on your hips for the most flattering fit. Belts made for the waist are cut straight while hipster belts are curved so that they lay flat against your body without gaping. They also won't ride up like a regular belt will.
Picking a belt that doesn't work with the outfit. Your belt should be equally as dressy or casual as the rest of your outfit. Glossy patent belts look out of place with beat-up blue jeans just as hippie-inspired floral designs generally don't work with dress pants. Also take into consideration the weight and fabrication of your belt in comparison to your outfit. On “Project Runway” this past season, contestant Mila was criticized when she topped a sheer wispy dress with a heavy black belt. The weight should be similar to the outfit.
Choosing a belt that doesn’t work with your shape. Every woman is shaped differently. Regardless of what some of us may think, this is a beautiful thing! You can highlight the best parts of your unique body by choosing the right belt. If you have an hourglass figure, a skinny belt around your waist will accentuate your slim waistline. If you’re more of an apple shape with a full waist, try a thick stretch belt worn closer to the bust line to highlight all the right areas while slimming others. Finally, if you’re more of a straight shape with little to no visible hips, a double-wrap belt can add definition and give you more of a womanly shape. Whatever your body type, you can use a belt to work with what you’ve got!