We’ve all been there: you’re getting ready for the day and decide to slip on your go-to summer dress, the one that’s flouncy and adorable and goes with everything in your closet. You’re sure that it’ll look as darling as ever, but once it’s actually on you, you realize it’s missing an extra dose of something. No matter how many cardigans you layer with it or bracelets you put on or different ways you fluff your hair, something about the faithful (and still super cute) dress needs to be changed.
If you yourself have been suffering from a case of the how-should-I-accessorize-my-favorite-dress blues, this Fashionista seems to have discovered the perfect remedy, and it comes in the form of a belt. The Fashionista wore a black, collared button-up dress and cinched her waist, added a dash of color and completely changed the look of the dress (all at once) by layering a red belt over it. She kept the rest of her accessories neutral by sporting a brown tote, white sandals and gold hoop earrings which made the seemingly simple belt stand out all the more.
A lot of the time, it’s easy for us to forget that belts truly have more purpose than that of just keeping up our jeans when they’re a teensy bit loose. Belts are an incredibly versatile accessory in that they have the rare ability to bring a touch of shine, pattern or color to any look. The same dress can be just as easily cinched by an animal print belt as it can a colored one, giving it a completely different feel each time.
If you’ve been discouraged by how to style your favorite classic summer dress lately, switch it up by buckling on a belt. It’s the accessory that never fails to make styling your looks a complete cinch.
How To: Belts are also perfect for adding some definition to your loosely-fitted blouses and tunics. Pairing a skinny belt with a more billowy shirt will allow you to showcase that waist of yours while creating a more balanced look.