Belts, belts, belts. If there is ONE accessory that I would say changes the outfit the most for the least amount of effort, it’s a belt.
I own so many belts and wear them so often with dresses or to finish outfits that when it comes time to wear a dress without a belt, I look in the mirror and think:
Hmm.. is there something missing?
I feel like this look isn’t complete.
ADD A BELT!!!
But even if you aren’t as belt-happy as I am, maybe you’re just a little scared of all the options.
Here’s what I can tell you:
MAIN TYPES OF BELTS
These belts are as it says — skinny! They’re 1″ in width and can be double-wrapped skinny belts, or just.. as-is. They’re great for belting cardigans to give it another look or a dress, but only if it is a seamless shift dress where you can’t see the seams for the waist (otherwise it looks awkward).
Examples of skinny belts:
These are belts that already have a bow decoration pre-knotted on them for you, or the kind of (now) ubiquitous, classic tied loop look. You either need to do the actual tie itself (easy peasy with certain wrap belts), or it’s done and you just buckle it together and arrange neatly on your waist.
Examples of knotted belts:
Hands down, my favourite style of belt. I own a ton of these belts to the point.
They’re easy to tie around your waist, they fit ANY waist size (and can be let out if you feel too stuffed after lunch), and add colour temporarily, while cinching in your waist to give you a nice hourglass look.
What’s not to love?
You of course have fabric obi belts, leather ones, and a whole range. What gives the obi belt it’s “obi” look is like a sash for a kimono, it’s a thick wide band, and then little thinner bands that loop or knot in front.
Examples of obi belts:
These are your “normal” standard belts. I wouldn’t rule them out at all because they’re useful for holding up trousers, giving a mannish look to your outfit to toughen it up a bit (think: striped shirt oversized, wrapped around your body & belted with a mannish belt).
You can also use the extra long belt section to loop it around to give it another look rather than neatly folding it into the holes.
Examples of buckled belts:
This might be my favourite style of all.
I love the look of multi-strapped belts, multiple skinny belts and the look of it just being so … different, adding that final touch.
My favourite double-strapped belt is my belt from my Burberry trench coat, which I have used its belt so much more than the actual trench, it isn’t funny.
Examples of multi-strapped belts:
Lace or Decorative Belts
I also have a few of these belts that are cutout, or “lace” belts (leather that was lasercut), that look incredible with the outfit peeking out underneath; in various styles — mostly obi.
Examples of Decorative belts
Other belts with notes
- Chain belts — they look dated and strange
- Rope belts — can look cheap