The Importance of Belts

10 Apr

If your belt hasn’t left the loop in years, take a detour and try on a different  style — perfect for spring.

“There is generally no better ally for a girl than a great belt, since the waist is invariably always good to highlight — nothing accomplishes this more effectively than a waist-cinching wrap. And in this age of the voluminous top, it’s the best means for tackling all that extra fabric, too, which generally drowns a lot of girls’ figures.”
– Lauren Conrad

I’m addicted to accessories!!  A belt is the perfect universal accessory, great for day or night, at work and on the weekend.  There are more to belts than just colors and styles.  There is a definite distinction between three basic width categories: (1) skinny belts, which are 1 inch or thinner, (2) medium belts which are 1.5 inches or thicker, and (3) wide belts, which are anything larger than 3 inches.

The belt is key and is so often overlooked. Belts complete an outfit, and remember if the pants have loops, they must be filled. That being said owning one belt is ridiculous because there are many thicknesses of belt loops. Also depending on the rise of the pant or skirt, that will determine the size the belt must be. While others still should be used on the outside of jackets of various materials, thicknesses, and colors.  The basic idea is that the lighter and more delicate the fabric of your outfit choice is the better it is to be paired with a skinny belt.  And in comparison, with thicker fabric, like in a sweater dress for example, opt for a medium or wide belt.

Belt Placement
The next question is how do you properly wear it& What’s the difference between your natural waist and your hips?  When you wear a belt through the hoops of a pair of jeans or work trousers, belts are usually positioned at the waist.  If you decide to wear a belt with a strapless sundress, a maxi dress, or basically anything that doesn’t have belt loops, your belt should sit at your natural waist.  Nothing irks me more than seeing someone wear their belts either too much below their natural waist or too much above.  Just know that your natural waist lies in between your chest and your hips, just above your belly button.  In short,  it’s the smallest section of your torso.
Wearing a belt at your natural waist is the perfect way to showcase your womanly figure in a very flattering way.  The proper belt placement can be easily spotted especially with dresses.  A dress consists of two basic parts: the bodice, which is the top half of the garment, and the skirt which is the bottom half.  The break off point at which these two pieces meet is the perfect spot for you to adorn your outfit with a belt.
Belts are another great and inexpensive accessory worth investing in.  Almost all clothing stores sell them and in various styles, sizes, and colors.  But do be careful of quality when you make your purchase.
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So whether it be worn inside belt loops or at your natural waist, belts are a great accessory and an absolute must-have in a woman’s closet.

Happy Belting!

Laugh Loudly…♥Kisses

Jackie

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