In this article, I’d like to discuss belts and how to wear and style them.
Belts are one of my favorite accessories since I believe they are an often underappreciated accessory that can bring intrigue to even the most simple ensemble.
I’d like to discuss some of the features I look for in belts to ensure that they are as versatile as possible, as well as some of the ways I like to wear them.
Let’s get directly to the meat of the matter.
How to Wear a Belt
Let’s begin with the two most common ways I prefer to wear my belts.
Personally, I prefer to wear them via the belt loops of my pants or around my natural waist, roughly where my belly button is.
Having those two options gives me a lot of flexibility when it comes to the overall vibe of my outfit, as well as whether I want to elevate or lower the visual line.
I like to select belts that suit my leg-hip area through the belt loops to ensure that I can wear it in any spot. After that, I’ll make a hole in it to make it fit around my natural waist.
It seemed to be effective for me. It helps me extend the number of belts I have, so I don’t end up with any that I can only wear one way.
2 Key Widths
When shopping for a belt that you can use with a variety of clothes, you should also consider the width.
I prefer a belt with a thin or medium thickness. They go with anything and are really easy to wear, in my opinion. They don’t necessitate much thought.
For me, that ranges from half an inch to roughly an inch and a half.
Anything bigger than that inhibits my movement and makes me feel like I’m wearing a corset, because I have a short waist. As a result, I try to stay away from them.
I’ve had a couple in my collection throughout the years that I never wear, so I always donate or give them away.
Anything that is too narrow will get lost. I’ve discovered that when I wear it around my natural waist and then sit down, it tends to vanish. It becomes a source of discomfort for me.
The sweet spot for me is between half an inch and an inch and a half.
Simple is Best
In a same vein, I prefer to keep my belts basic and traditional. That, in my opinion, offers you the most versatility.
That way, I can dress them up or down.
Picking something with a plain finish, no designs, and a very classic metal buckle is a really fantastic way to do that, in my opinion.
It’s a simple method to make sure you have something you can wear to work as well as on the weekends.
It’s fairly simple to find. That type of belt may be found practically anywhere. Almost any price point will suffice.
I don’t believe you need to spend a lot of money on a belt to have it last a long time.
One of my favorite belts cost approximately $30, which is a touch pricy but not as outrageous as some of the other belts I’ve seen.
I’ve had that thing for years and it just keeps on going, becoming better with age and looking great with everything I put on.
Match Your Shoes
Another crucial style element to remember is that your belt should complement your shoes and handbag.
However, it is not required. Mixing and matching all of those is a lot of fun. One thing to keep in mind is that a casual belt should be worn with casual shoes and a formal belt should be worn with dress shoes.
It’s frequently neglected, and it can be perplexing.
When it comes to belts, I prefer to err on the side of being slightly fancy. That way, I won’t be without an item that can be worn in a variety of ways.
If you’re in a similar situation and only want one belt that you can wear on the weekend and at work, search for something slightly dressier.
You’ll want to keep the belt simple, the hardware to a bare minimum, and the finish to a somewhat smooth surface. You don’t want anything overly ostentatious or extravagant. Avoid embossing, gold embossing, and glitter, as well as designs and patterns.
Designer belts are something I would avoid in this situation. They scream a little too much at you, in my opinion. If you want something that can be worn in a variety of ways, go for something simple and classic rather than something flashy.
Let’s imagine you only need one belt; perhaps you have a small wardrobe or are going on vacation with limited luggage space, but you still want to bring a belt with you.
I suggest looking for a reversible option.
In recent years, they’ve become increasingly popular, and they’re also growing less cheesy. They’re being done really well these days.
I think it’s a fantastic method to make sure you have a black and a brown, for example, without taking up too much room.
You simply flip it to match whatever you’re wearing, whether it’s your handbag, shoes, or outfit.
You’ll find one that’s a perfect medium width to fit you, your own taste, and your waist length if you really want to take the adaptability up a notch.
Then you’ll need to pick one that fits through your belt loops, and possibly add a hole or two to make it tiny enough to wear around your natural waist.
If you accomplish this, you’ll have a single belt that can be worn in an endless number of ways. It’s amazing, and it’s a good way to expand your belt wardrobe.
Last but not least, I’d like to discuss statement belts.
I spend plenty of time talking about timeless, classic accessories and clothing, and why it’s good to go with the timeless option when given two.
Statement pieces, on the other hand, have a special place in everyone’s collection. Belts are one of my favorite places to spend a good time.
If you like belts, you should definitely try out different silhouettes and styles.
I enjoy doing this at vintage markets, such as Etsy, eBay, or antique stores. I think they’re fantastic; they’re a great way to discover new hues that you wouldn’t normally see. Different silhouettes and designs are also available.
They’re simply a great method to distinguish your particular style.