Which belt is best depends on your body type
Last weeks post of this reader requested accessories series pointed out the 19 most common worst belt styling mistakes. Today’s post addresses which is the right belt for you. Of course, you belt must fit your outfit and your personal style preferences. Are you not knowing your primary style? Take this free online style finder.
In addition to your personal style and outfit, your belt has to fit your body type. No, here it’s not about the belt’s length – whether it fits or not – but about the belt’s width.Don't underestimate the importance of the right width for your belt. Click To Tweet
The importance of the width
In dressing for your body shape and achieving your best look, it’s all about balance. Hiding the “flaws”, emphasizing the best features. The most balanced body type is the hourglass. When we weren’t lucky to be born with the shape, we still can give the illusion to have it.
Who looks best with which belt?
When you are short-waisted thin leather belts and whimsical chain belts work best for you. You can read more about how to dress when you are short-waisted at the link. Try a low slung belt on your hips.
When you have a long torso and comparatively short legs, wide belts are your best friends. Avoid low slung belts and convex ones. Match it to your skirt, or pants. Here match means, have the belt the same color as the bottoms.
When you have a short torso and long legs, match your belt to your top to elongate your torso.
When your body type is balanced you are lucky. You can get away with a belt that contrasts to what you wear on the top and bottom.
When you are pear-shaped, never wear a belt on your hips. Any horizontal line creates attention to where it is. You don’t want the attention at your widest part ever.
To look your best ignore the trends
Never let fashion dictate you to wear a wide belt when a thin one is best for you or vice versa. Even when a dress or skirt comes with a belt, exchange the belt when it has the wrong width or color for your body type.Are you absolutely sure you wear the right belt? #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Next week’s style tips will cover how to best accessorize with belts will follow later this month.
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