We Talk BELTS
There's nothing funny about today's topic. We are totally serious - up in arms, and downright angry at the fashion atrocities going on right around us!
While we're doing our bit by also serving as personal branding consultants, rescuing corporate and personal images; we can only do so many face-to-face sessions. Take this as an emergency blog from your professional stylists to trumpet the alarm and tighten your belt.
The details and finer things in life make all the difference. Accessories - or the lack thereof - can make or break your entire outfit and the belt has a pivotal role to play. Your very presence here on our blog declares that you care and want to be honed, refined and re-membered to your authentic styling essence. So let's get right to it.
How to tighten your belt...
A lot of information exists about accessories in general, from headbands to ankle bracelets, but little emphasis is placed on belts. It is a styling mishap that often fails even the fashion icons we admire. That said it's time to take you back to school.
In the much-acclaimed book "WHO WHAT WEAR: Celebrity and runway style for real life" by Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, a distinction is made between three types of belts, namely skinny, medium and wide belts.
"Skinny belts are best worn cinched over really lightweight pieces - like a dress, cardigan, or a combination of the two. Thin fabrics are key here, so if you have a delicate item, like a long blouse worn with pants or a skirt, go for an equally svelte (slender) belt at your natural waist," say the authors.
Play it safe with hipster style, if you have a shorter waistline, and for those with the bigger curve - KISS - keep the belt simple and safe, no big or bright colours and statements.
According to Power and Kerr, thicker fabrics are best paired with medium or wide belts. Medium-width belts are considered to be your most versatile and safest bet when in doubt and can be paired with jeans or to accentuate a loose dress. Depending on your style, they can also be worn mid-waist or on the hips.
As for matching the belt to the shoe - and the bag to the belt, just like any myth this rule has a time and a place. Accessorising means just that. Aim to complement your outfit with co-ordinated extras but they don't have to be a carbon copy.
Enough theory, let's get to the practical. Here's what we love…
1. Belted dresses
2. Belted cardis
3. Belted jeans
The whip is out and we - your styling gurus - are watching. Show-and-tell us how you are reigning in on your beauty, and strapping it up. Don't just wear a belt to keep things from falling apart, maximise and embrace it to pull your style together!
For a selection of our hand-picked designer belts, click here.
Until next time… Bring out the bling and pop out that figure.
* All images found on Pinterest's website.