Thursday, May 31, 2012

Guest Post: Belting Your Curves

Like I said yesterday, Katie from Hems for Heris back with a second guest post!

During the Remixable Wardrobe Series I received a handful of comments saying that tucking shirts into skirts or belting outfits, etc. wouldn't work for women who are on the curvier side.  Having watched enough What Not to Wear (haha) to know that there is hope, I've asked Katie to show how belts can be your best friend, no matter what size you are!

If you are a lady who hates her midsection (like 99 % of the female population), then you’ve probably
been hesitant at some point to wear a belt because you feel like it will be drawing attention to the biggest part of you. But worn correctly, belts can add structure and shape to any outfit and actually flatter you, no matter what your shape!

Did you know that belts shouldn’t actually be worn to keep too big pants on you? I know it sounds crazy, but today’s styles expect your clothes to fit and your belt to be used for fashion not function. A year ago, I owned one belt that I never wore, but as I finally grew braver enough to wear belts my collection has expanded.

So if you are ready to expand your belt know-how, here are some tips for helping you get started!

Experiment With Different Widths
Play around with the width of your belts. Belts can be found in a rainbow of colors and a variety of widths. Don't be afraid to wear a skinny belt! One of my most beloved belts is my skinny mustard belt from Target. I wear it at least once a week. But I also love my wide belts. Experiment with different sizes.

Experiment With Placement
You also need to experiment with the placement of your belt. Most how-to guides will suggest wearing the belt around the narrowest part of the waist, but don't feel like that's the only spot for a belt. They can be worn around your natural middle or slung low around your hips.

Use a Contrasting Color
In the beginning you may want to stick with tonal looks- a black belt with a black dress, but don't discount the magic of contrasting your belt with your outfit- brown with black or mustard with coral or red with black. Belts can be better accessories than jewelry sometimes.

Layer Belts with Cardigans
This is truly one of my signature looks, especially in the fall with cooler weather. This is also helpful when you are uncomfortable with wearing a belt. You can layer it over or under the cardigan depending on what you feel most comfortable with.

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Big thanks to Katie for taking the time to show us that you don't have to be scared of belts if you don't like your mid-section.  In fact, they can cinch your waist and actually flatter your figure.  It's all about experimenting with placement and width, though!  So don't be scared to experiment, especially if it's just you in front of your closet.  Like I've said before, the worst that can happen is that you stand in front of your mirror, make this face, and change out of your outfit! 


  1. This is fabulous! Loving these belts and they're just paired so nicely - perfect accessory to any outfit.
    kw, ladiesinnavy

  2. great post !!! :D
    what about to follow each other? :)

  3. I love this! Belts are such a great accessory, they can totally transform an outfit if used correctly! Great guest post Katie! :)

    xo, Yi-chia

  4. Phong Van NguyenThursday, May 31, 2012

    Katie, I used to be the same way, owning 1 reversible black and brown belt. Now that I ran across Audrey's blog (actually searching how to belt on Pinterest), then reading how versatile they really are, I have bought more belts.  I like buying belts in the clearance section at Macy's, the Limited, Target, Walmart, etc.  Each belt were under $10.  Thanks Audrey for teaching me how to tuck and loop.

  5. I love the idea of belting a shirt over a dress/skirt...I usually tuck shirts in and belt over, but the belting shirt over makes a sort of peplum look that's really adorable!

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  6. I am stupid about belts, and I totally didn't really realize you could belt not on the natural waist. 

  7. Katie's belting advice is great!  For years I resisted wearing belts, now I don't feel like most outfits are complete without one.

  8. Nice belts,they are an accesory which may change the look in good way .
    I wonder if you would like
    to follow each other : ).




    Happy blogging!

  9. I love belts but am sometimes insecure in them- I have a lot of dresses with empire waists but that need more definition to make an outfit (i.e., they make me look pregnant). What do you think of adding a belt lower at the natural waist? Or is that silly-looking as the dress already has a defined waist? Help!

  10. I love these looks but can never get my belt to stay put as I move around throughout the day. Any tips?

  11. I wear sweaters/cardigans all the time and have NEVER thought to put a belt over the top of it. So cute! BTW..... Katie the last photo of you (with the red metal wall) You look totally awesome in! That is one great outfit!! Thanks for doing the photos.

  12. How loosely are you wearing your belt? I've found that if it's not cinched in well enough, it slips and slides all over the place. Another option, if you're wearing a skinny belt, is to stealthily place a couple safety pins on the side seams of your skirt/dress and use them as belt loops.

  13. This is so great!!! What about ladies with extra bust? Cardigans (even with belts) tend to fall really weird on me! (look up 'busty girl problems' on Pinterest lol) Boo :( Any suggestions??

  14. thank you for this great article. you look great, and I learned so many ideas! thanks!

  15. Try belts that are wider in the back than the front (you know, the ones which taper gently into a buckle?) You'll find these are designed to sit on a woman's body a lot more naturally (while belts that are straight all around might work great on men, we have to remember that women have curves & hips) ;)

  16. Any belting tips for women with REALLY short torsos?

  17. Super skinny belt have always worked great for my sister, who has a very short torso and very long legs. Also, bright colors.


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