I had a style revelation recently, you all: I can go without a bra and never think twice about it, but if I don’t put a belt on, I feel naked.
Crazy, I know. But true!
A belt can be your secret style weapon no matter what your size or shape. Adding a belt to a skirt or dress gives your whole look a little more polish; it pulls it all together, if you will. But a belt can do more than that. Much more.
No matter what your shape — apple, pear, celery stick — a belt is your best friend. Here’s why.
If you’re an apple, you carry your weight through your mid section (lots of us go through an apple phase after a baby, regardless of our normal shape). Adding a belt to an outfit can create the illusion of a waist even if you don’t really have one. Choose a wider belt; wear it between the top of your hipbone and the bottom of your rib cage. And ta da! Instant waist.
You’re a pear if you carry your weight on your bottom half, across your hips and thighs. Adding a belt to an outfit draws the eye up, away from your widest part, and emphasizes your small waist. Look for belts that are proportional to your size; very thin women can be overwhelmed by big belts, while wee skinny belts disappear on curvier girls.
The celery stick is the girl without (m)any curves (I’m a pear-celery stick hybrid; I have hips but no boobs to speak of). A well-deployed belt gives your stick figure a little shape and makes you look less like one of the boys. Pair a belt with a slouchy top and an A-line skirt for a relaxed, feminine look.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who has great boobs and curvy hips (so jealous) a belt is really and truly your best style weapon. Nipping in your waist with a belt balances top and bottom and creates a sleek silhouette. Just make sure you’re wearing a great bra; you don’t want the girls drooping over your belt buckle.
What’s your can’t-go-without-it accessory?