Put A Belt On It!

Featured photo by love Maegan

A few days ago I was getting ready to head out to do a little grocery shopping.  I threw on some jean shorts and a green tank, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  It was too blah, and the tank kind of hugged the top portion of my shorts, showing off all the lines (and bulges) to the world.  But how to fix it?  Tuck the tank in and put a belt on!  This simple step cleaned up my outfit, and made me feel a little better about the way I looked.  I think lots of women leave their shirts untucked in an effort to camouflage their perceived middle chunkiness.  But more often than not, you’re not as chunky as you think, and the shirt can often accentuate that pooch.  Tucking your shirt in and putting a belt around your waist, granted your bottoms hit the right spot, can make your look streamlined and slimming.

Exhibit A:  Look at left is casual and cute, but adding a belt, shown right, opens the door to really dress this outfit up.  Now I can add some wedges and metal jewelry and turn a really casual outfit into something I feel good about striding down the street in.

Shirt and Belt from LOFT, Pants from prAna

Exhibit B:  Wrapping a thin braided belt around this simple tank dress makes it look SO much better.  The brown in the belt helps break up the stripes, and it really draws attention to the smallest part of my torso.  Two thumbs up to that!

Dress and Belt from Kohl’s

So, now you’re totally in the mood to shop for belts, right?  That’s where we at full clutch come in.  Let’s shop…

 

ModCloth Flora All Time Belt – $19.99

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Let’s start with a beautiful option from ModCloth.  The floral clasp adds such a gorgeous element to this belt.  The back half of the belt is elasticized for plenty of stretch.  Front half of the belt is vegan, a.k.a. fake leather.  Kudos to the person that came up with calling non animal materials in apparel vegan.  It’s vegan, it’s good for me!  In the apparel world, vegan can sometimes mean not the best quality, but at 20 bucks this belt should at least give you some aesthetic joy before it gives out on you.  Belt comes in one size.

 

Merona® Snake/Smooth Reversible Belt – $14.99

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If you haven’t noticed, right now snake skin print (and the real thing) is pretty popular.  It’s an old standby in fashion though, and should be wearable until, well, you don’t want to wear it anymore.  Here’s another “vegan” belt, ready to add some subtle color and texture to an outfit.  Ships from Target.

 

Arden B Patent Leather Skinny Belt – $12.99 ($19.50)

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A funky belt from Arden B, but I see great potential for it.  The gold plate located behind the buckle adds a really fun touch.  Wrap this around a solid dress and pair it with some gold jewelry.  Very classy.  Final sale item though, so only purchase if you really want it.

 

Loophole Braid Belt – $29.95 ($68)

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A fun, leather statement belt on sale at Anthropologie.  Due to that width this one will work best over a shirt or dress.  Got to love the funky style Anthropologie can throw out there.

 

J. Crew Calf Hair Wide Belt – $79.50

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The description on this belt says it’s designed to be worn on the hips.  I’m assuming that means there is more length to it that a belt designed to be worn on a natural waist.  The belt itself is 1.5 inches wide, a good width for pant loops.  You could wrap this belt around a simple solid colored dress to give it some added style.  Pricey, but will come down with sale codes.

 

Lands’ End Semi-shine Leather belt – $35

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A simple belt for when you just want a splash of color.  The semi shine on the leather and gold hardware dress this belt up.  Also available in a cream, and a garnet color that is perfect for fall and winter.

 

LOFT Croc Embossed Flower Belt – $34.50

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Get a little whimsical and feminine with a belt like this from LOFT.  You can wear it with jeans or pants, placing the flower off center, or with a dress.  Beautiful jewel tones for the fall season.

 

Lilly Pulitzer Sadie Belt – $48

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Wide belts are perfect for wrapping around dresses, and they look much better on full figured women than skinny belts.  The only issue I could see with this belt is it’s one size fits all.  If you have a really small waist, and a lot of belt left over, you might end up having to figure out a way to clip it.  One solution might be a navy rubber band you can slide onto the belt to act as a stay.

 

J. Crew Woven Webbing Belt – $19.99 ($39.50)

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I love the vibrant colors in this belt.  Definitely on the casual side, and I thing would look best with pants and shorts.  Also available in a blue/ivory combination.  Heads up, this is a final sale item at J. Crew.

 

U.O. Ecote Beaded Peacock Belt – $39

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Let’s end with something pretty.  My, that’s a lot of bead-work on that belt.  How great would it look against a solid, dark dress?  And it would really pop against a white or cream dress.   Ships from Urban Outfitters, which offers free shipping at $50, and free returns in store.

So next time your outfit, casual or dressy, feels like it needs something extra, try a belt!

 

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