How to best accessorize with belts

#fashionover50 fashion blogger Nicole in a violet, black, purple fall office look

Belting ups outfits of all styles

This post is another one in the series of accessorizing with belts or more generally in the series of posts on how to up your outfit with accessories. In case you missed the previous posts on the most common mistakes when belting or which belt is the best for your body shape, here are the links to these posts.  Don’t know your body shape? You can determine your body type online at this link.

In today’s post, you will find various ideas and tips for all kinds of personal style – Casual, Bohemian, Classic, Urban, Dramatic/Glamorous – you name it and body types.  Don’t know your personal style? Take the free online style quiz to find out.

#turningfashionintostyle Nicole of High Latitude Style in a green black purple fall outfit with wide belt
GNW cardigan worn as top, Anne Klein oblong silk scarf, GAP leather trench coat, Miu Miu pumps, Gucci bag, wide statement belt (all own) and skirt c/o Lilysilk
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When putting an outfit together carefully consider every detail: Your personal style, lifestyle, body type, and budget. These details are truly indispensable. Remember

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over 50 years old style blogger Nicole in leather trench coat knotted in the back
Side view of the OOTD to show the GAP trench coat’s belt knotted in the back. Gucci bamboo handle purse, Miu Miu distress style pumps (all own) and fit-and-flare skirt c/o Lilysilk

You’ll love these 25 easy stylist’s belting tricks

What to try

  1. A head-to-toe monochromatic outfit using the belt as an accent or pop of color.
  2. A skinny belt worn over a skirt for a feminine touch.
  3. A thin belt over a partly closed jacket of a twinset. It’s a classic.
  4. Belted leather pants for a cool Rock’n Roll inspired look with blazer and T-shirt on the weekend.
  5. Match it to your bag, clutch for the weekend.
  6. Add a statement to an evening gown. So unexpected.
  7. Add a chain or thin gold or silver leather belt to cocktail separates.
  8. Use this accessory to up the style of a summer maxi dress. A LWD with tan leather looks casual posh and laid back at the same time.
  9. Wear a wide belt over a sheath dress at the office.
  10.  Use it for shape to underline the slimmest point of your body.
  11. Balance the look of loose pants with a fitted shirt using this accessory.
  12. For an urban summer style try a white or olive dress with a tan thin double wrap style. When your torso is long, you can pull off a triple wrap where the leather is about an inch to 1.5 inch wide (2.5-3.8 cm).How to best accessorize with belts post banner
  13. An evergreen classic is a LBD – no matter whether it is fancy or a T-shirt version or anywhere in between – with a white belt.
  14. When your style is Bohemian try a metal one with a floral maxi, ethnic or embroidered dress.
  15.  Add a textured belt to a floral, abstract, leaves or paisley print maxi dress.
  16. Use a scarf as a belt.
  17. Up your sweater with a statement piece.
  18. What about adding shape to a coat or styling your outerwear?
  19. What about adding shape to a down vest?
  20. Jump the band wagon of belting a blazer
  21. Add shape to a knit dress
  22. A chain belt to add glamour to a jumpsuit.
  23. A textured – read alligator, crocodile, snake or lizard imprinted, laser cut or macrame belt – with a floral or abstract print jumpsuit.
  24. Knot the belt of a coat in the back, when wearing the coat open as is shown in the side view photo of the OOTD.
  25. Let a statement buckle be the jewelry in your look like in the OOTD in this post.
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outfit and buckle details
Zoom-in on the OOTD. GAP coat, Anne Klein scarf, GNW cardigan, and statement buckle
violet crocodile imprint Miu Miu pumps
Zoom-in on the Miu Miu pumps

More awesome styling tips

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How do you use this accessory? Just to keep your pants up? Just curious.

P.S. If you liked any of these outfit inspirations, it would help me if you pinned them to your own Pinterest board. Doing so helps your friends, family, and others to see them too.

P.P.S. When you are interested in reading about accessorizing with gloves or tips how to up your style with brooches go to the posts at the links.

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