Whether you want to add some curves or create a more refined, streamlined silhouette, there’s a belt out there that can help you achieve your ideal figure. The perfect belt can be worn with dozens of different outfits and will show off your personal sense of style without overdoing it. Unfortunately, not all belts will do your body justice so you need to make sure you’re choosing a belt style that not only complements your outfit but also enhances your silhouette. The right belt can completely transform a simple outfit and draw attention to just the right places.
Choose any of the following belt styles and play with a few different styles to take that ensemble up a notch!
Skinny Leather Belt
The skinny leather belt is a must-have accessory for anyone with a well-defined waist. If you want to draw attention to your flat stomach and waistline, go for the skinny leather belt in shiny black leather, a bright and bold color, or even a metallic style. You can wear these belts tightly fastened around your natural waistline over a shift dress, with structured shirts and tops, and when you want to add more definition to a sheath dress or tunic top. If you have a thicker waist or are top heavy, avoid the super-skinny belt altogether because it will only draw attention to your midsection.
Wide Buckled Patent Leather Belt
The wide, large-buckled patent leather belt is a great match for athletic figures and for women that want to add more curves. These belts do draw attention to your waistline but can be tightened to disguise extra inches around the midsection. These belts do double duty by providing some extra support and also adding a stylish touch to your outfit. Wear these over a three-quarter sleeve shirt, French-style cuff shirts, long tunic sweaters, or even with your favorite little black dress!
If you don’t want anything that cinches at the waist or adds curves, try a chain belt instead. Chain belts just sit right on top of your outfit without pulling anything in or holding anything up. These belts are more of a visual accessory than a practical piece, and you can weave them in your belt loops or leave them hanging low on your waist and hips. Wear these with a pair of tight-fitting pants or just to accessorize a simple dress!
If you’re going with a rocker-chic look, try a two-inch or three-inch studded belt. A black, grey or metallic belt embedded with large studs or metallic accents will draw attention to your waist and hips and can be a much-needed accessory for a simple outfit of jeans and rocker tee. If you’re wearing hip rider jeans or jeans that sit very low on the waist, choose a wider style belt. This belt will help to create a clean line and help you create the effect of a longer torso.
Elastic or Stretch Belt
When you’re wearing a pressed poplin shirt, cuffed shirt or longer top that ends mid-thigh, go for the elastic or stretch belt that wraps tightly around the waist and creates an hourglass shape. These wide belts fit snugly around your upper and lower waist to create a corset-like appearance. They’re a great addition to longer tops and sweaters that don’t have much structure and will sit comfortably at your waist. However, if you’re trying to hide “love handles” or have a thicker style, avoid this belt style altogether because it can add inches to your frame and make you appear much heavier than you are.