Accessorising- its what can take an outfit from an 8 to a 10 and is often the best way to show off your personality through what you wear. Whether you like to pile on the accessories and let them do the talking, or just like to wear one or two little signature pieces, there is a lot of scope where they are concerned and we can’t seem to get enough of them!
One accessory that is set to be big this winter is the waist-belt. As the eighties have returned to us this season (not the scrunchies thankfully), there will be a lot of focus on form and structure. A big era for power-dressing and androgynous suits, the waist-belt was a way for women to look smart and powerful but also keep their femininity going. They can give you a perfect hourglass figure even if you never thought you could achieve that shape because the beauty of a waist-belt is that it creates a waist even if you don’t think you have one!
Here are a couple of ways to make the waist belt work for you this season.
Many people would see a waist-belt as a rather unpractical day-time option but they are infact rather easy to wear and will make an otherwise simple outfit an especially fashionable one!
For work-wear, adding a coloured or patterned waist- belt to a colour block dress will give your outfit a whole new perspective and of course will draw eyes to your waist whilst also cinching it in. Similarly, adding a nice quality leather waist-belt to a tailored trousers and shirt combo will create the illusion of a smaller waist but will also lengthen your legs. Keep your top half simple so to keep attention around your waist.
Waist-belts can also work with outerwear- Burberry showed us on the catwalk that a belt over a winter jacket can work wonders. A pretty bow belt is the perfect feminine finishing touch to a structured trench and will make you stand out in the sea of coats thats Winter will soon bring to the streets! Similarly, chunky knitwear cinched in by a waist belt can take a normal day-time outfit up to level of a stylish day-time outfit and is a very easy but effective way to look great.
For more elegant dressy outfits fit for socialising and partying, why not make your belt a bit more adventurous too? Metallic waist-belts are huge this season and not only do the job of creating a waist for you, they can also look beautifully classy and expensive! Try to match the colour of your belt (if metallic) or its buckle to your jewellery so to make sure your accessories match well together. Metallic belts also look amazing with simple black or white block outfits.
Dress-wise, waist-belts are a match made in heaven for A-line dresses which are made to come in at the waist and flow out over the hips. Alternatively, add some shape to a slouchy dress with one too- the possibilities are endless!
So there we have it, waist-belts can work for almost anybody! If you are a boyish shape, they can create the illusion of a more shapely waist, if you have a tummy you’d like to conceal, then a wider belt placed in the right place can disguise it (if you are busty be careful that you position your belt in a way that it doesn’t stunt you), and for pear-shaped ladies with big hips, a waist-belt can divert the eye up to the waist and away from the hips.
My tips for buying a waist-belt this season are to go for ones which will go with a multitude of items in your wardrobe. You can never go wrong with a timeless black or tan leather belt but more adventurous textures like suede and faux snakeskin and animal print will always look good too.