ACCESSORIES REPORT: Get The Skinny On Belts

Accessories Report

I can’t deny that I spent much of winter break wearing a baggy top over some skinny jeans or leggings. They were too comfortable to pass up and all of the holiday food left me feeling like I had something to hide. Along with a reclining sofa and fuzzy socks, this kind of outfit made plenty of rounds over winter break. Since I no longer have the comfort of lounging around my house anymore, appearance matters a bit more. However, these baggy tops that I speak of don’t have to completely disappear from my outfits. With the help of a fabulous skinny belt, they can make weekly debuts.

Instead of going for the comfortable lounge look, cinch your oversized tops with a belt. Not only do they come in all sorts of patterns and colors, but they are also a great way to highlight your waist and give baggier tops some definition.

Today’s Fashionista keeps her look simple and stylish with the help of a shiny skinny belt. She layered a loose sheer caramel colored button-down over a pair of black jeans and black boots. She continues her black theme up top with an infinity scarf. To keep warm during the winter, she layers a classy looking black and white coat over her ensemble.

The skinny belt in her outfit keeps a nice balance between flowy and tight and also adds some texture. Sometimes it is easy to lose your figure underneath a larger coat, but adding a skinny belt to your top draws attention to a tiny waist.

If you add a belt to a neutrally toned outfit like this Fashionista has done, make sure the belt has a great pattern, color or texture. This dot calf hair belt from Gap would add some fun pattern to the simple look this Fashionista is sporting. For a more colorful alternative, this brightsnake skinny belt from Madewell would be perfect. If you like a shiny, glamorous look, take a look at this Oasis Elastic Square Link belt from ASOS.

Spotted: Burberry Prorsum’s fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection is full of great ensembles that emphasize the waist with belts. Look through the collection to get some inspiration for how to make a skinny belt work with outerwear.

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