Styling Belts for the Office, with FAQs
Aug 5, 2015
Today, we’re talking about how to style belts. First let’s talk about these gorgeous outfits, and then, after the jump, we’ll answer some frequently asked, belt-related questions.
For the Office. This look is a modern take on a classic. It’s black and ivory with a glamorous feel to it.
The blouse is from Theory, and I like the idea of a silky button-up for this. It has just a hint of sex appeal. This peasant top with a subtle animal print is another great option. You could also go with an ivory shirt.
For Casual Friday. This look is relaxed, but still professional. The shirt dress is a great alternative to a sheath or shift. And the cognac belt replaces that flimsy tie belt with something of substance. (Always lose the flimsy cloth belt.)
Want a wider belt? This Ralph Lauren belt is absolutely gorgeous.
These beige wedges are a great alternative to sandals. For something more casual, try a pair of huaraches.
Looking for a few tips on how to buy and wear belts? See you after the jump.
Belt FAQs. There are some fashion questions that perplex the masses. Why do women lie and say Manolo Blahnik heels are comfortable? Why do grown women wear ‘Frozen’ and ‘Winnie the Pooh’ sweatshirts? Some of these questions relate to the choosing and wearing of belts. Let’s see if I can decode the conundrum.
Unless you’re wearing it with pants, a belt should always be worn around the natural waist. See here, and here. Wearing it around the thinnest part of your body makes you look taller, shapelier, and pulled together.
Never cinch up a belt worn with pants to be worn around the waist. If you’ve worn the belt a few times, it will be grooved and won’t lay properly.
Your belt no longer needs to match your shoes or bag. This is the 21st century, we don’t play matchy-matchy with our accessories anymore. Fly; be free!
Does the end of your belt hang down? Tie it up. Pinterest shows some great ways to knot it and cinch it. You can also have a tailor or cobbler shorten it for you.
Wide or skinny is a matter of personal preference. If you don’t have much of a waist, a skinny belt may get lost on you. A wide belt will give you more definition.
Don’t buy belts made out of cheap material. There is a vast difference between a $30 belt and a $10 belt. Buy a nicer belt with structure and a good feel/look to it, and you’ll wear it more often.