To me, summertime is synonymous with dresses. Yet a dress on its own sometimes isn’t enough. There is always that one accessory that takes an outfit from OK to outstanding. When you are a fashionable woman on-the-go you want to show the world your style, but don’t want to be bogged down by too many accessories. To really display your style and your figure, sometimes you need a little hug from a high-waisted belt. Not only will it create varying interest in your overall look, but you can move around with ease and comfort. A waist belt can help break up a patterned dress so you don’t appear to be drowning in fabric. It can also be a chance for you to throw in a pop of color or a unique belt buckle.
This Fashionista sports an Ancient Greece-inspired waist belt to accent her retro multicolored dress, cognac backpack and tortoise shell eyeglasses. With this look she is able to accentuate her waistline and break up the pattern. This anthropology major is also able to show off her personal interests by using the Grecian belt. When choosing a belt, you want to find one that best suits your personality. For example, the boho fanatic out there might find this turquoise medallion belt to be a perfect fit. For those that prefer a more dramatic look, a red laser-cut cinched belt might be perfect, or maybe a geometric high-waisted belt for the art deco fans out there.
How To: If you found a dress you love, but it’s a size too big, let your trusty waist belt come to the rescue. Find a high-waisted belt to show off you natural waistline, slightly blouse the dress over it and voilà! With the help of the belt you can get the dress you really want. Don’t stop at dresses either. Pair a high-waisted belt with a blouse and a bodycon skirt. Just be sure to remember the old menswear adage: “Your belt should match your shoes.”