I find belts tricky things. Not necessarily on other people. More on me. I do dabble in belt wearing but of all the accessories I own, belts are not high up there.
For starters, I’ve got a short torso and not a torso that’s worthy of drawing any more attention to. The short torso thing means that when you add a belt in a contrasting colour, it has the delightful effect of truncating my torso even more. To elongate the torso, I will do a belt on the hip in a similar colour/tone to my outfit and if I am tucking in a shirt or top to a skirt, I’ll wear a thin belt. It won’t be high on the waist either. More a mid-to-low positioning because that’s what works for me.
But enough about my issues, a Tweet from the lovely @claireyhewitt has got me thinking about belts for other people for winter 2011: “@StylingYou I need a post on belts, not up high ones or elastic wide ones, normal ones for jeans or denim skirt…what’s in now? Chances?”
Ask and you shall receive, Claire.
1. Belts have a more minimal look this season. They are thinner and have subtle detailing. Wear within the confines of belt loops on skirts, pants or jeans. They’re also being worn this season sitting loosely or on top of a skirt/dress at a point that suits your torso length and waist position.
2. Waisted belts of any width look out of this world on women with long torsos. If your’s is on the shorter side, like mine, wear with caution, particularly if in a contrasting colour.
3. Those blessed with an hourglass or column shape can work the waisted belt (particularly this season belting over a blazer or cardi). For the hourglass, it simply enhances the natural curve; for a column, it helps to create and define a waist.
4. If you have a big bust, beware the under-the-bust belting. This will only, shall we say, enhance, your boobies even more.
1. A Witchery key look for autumn-winter 2011. Yep, the belt doesn’t need to go through loops. Love this.
2. Love the way this slim belt has been casually looped to just sit on the model’s natural waist. Toughens up a pretty dress. (Shop for this look online at Byron Bay Threads)
3. Asos Pieces Rustica Leather Jeans Belt $39.45
4. Chloé Leather and metal bow belt £378.72 at net-a-porter
5. Oroton script belt (was $95, currently on sale $75)
6. Witchery skinny belt $49.95
7. Sportsgirl Different Stokes belt $24.95
8. Trenery tapered waist belt $59.95
10. City Chic grey diamonte buckle belt was $29.95, now $23.96
Do you like to wear belts? What belt suits you? Share below – you might help others who have a similar body shape find their perfect belt and belt look.