My love for anything high-waisted started because of my many Mad Men marathons that I would have in order to avoid the dreaded task of studying. Their retro clothing, specifically their high-waisted cuts, inspired me to integrate the look into my own wardrobe because I find that it is such a flattering look for any Fashionista. Thus, I got off the couch, found every single pair of jeans my brothers had outgrown, reached for the scissors and began cutting away.
This week’s Fashionista takes the trend to a whole new level by accessorizing her DIY high-waisted shorts (from the first ever Victoria’s Secret catalog, might I add) with a tan, braided belt. I already find that high-waisted shorts flatter all Fashionistas because of the way they sit on the waist. It highlights the body correctly and shows off this Fashionista’s curves while elongating her legs. By accessorizing with a belt, the effect is taken to a whole new level by focusing attention on the waist itself. I find that the effect of a belt is so underestimated but it can simply turn any drab outfit into a show-stopper because of the way it can change the silhouette. Keep in mind that this fact holds true with anything high-waisted or other pieces of clothing in general. Another way I like accessorizing with a belt is using it with an open front cardigan as it instantly adds shape by making the waist more noticeable.
The beauty about belts, however, is the freedom in finding one that reflects the style of any Fashionista. One could opt for a simpler belt, such as one from TOBI, or perhaps this edgy, eye-catching piece from Urban Outfitters will satisfy the daring ones. The skill of properly accessorizing with a belt, whether it is with high-waisted shorts or a cardigan, is a weapon that every Fashionista should definitely have in her arsenal!
Spotted: Proenza Schouler showing the true power of belts in the spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection. The collection features looks that are enhanced by accessorizing with a belt, specifically with the classic look of high-waisted shorts.