Toast to Tuesday: Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Belt!

by WorkWardrobe | April 6th, 2010   

By Jacqueline Rezak

As women, it is not uncommon to find ourselves wishing we could Photoshop those parts of our bodies that we continuously seem to label as “problematic” for our body image – or for fitting into our favorite pair of jeans. It is easy to get down on one’s self about the little things that make getting dressed for any occasion slightly difficult. I would like to start out by letting you know that you are only human (and to put down the candy bar); adjustments can always be made to the way you dress, even if you’re feeling a little extra bloated one day.

Let’s talk belts. Belts were originally invented with the sole purpose of holding up one’s pants. Little did those folks know that in the recent years, the purpose of the belt would be much more then just holding up one’s pants, but rather they would open the door to different styles of dress for many different body types.

We can use belts in a variety of different ways. Here are three examples. If you are wearing skinny jeans with a top tucked in, your outfit can go from casual to classy with the addition of a belt.  Another example is to wear a belt that wraps around many times around an item such as a cardigan; this again will take a casual (and flattering) look to the next level. Lastly, lets say you are narrow but have a little extra lovin’ in your stomach or hips. Try a thick belt around the outside of your ensemble to help hold everything in place. The belt also creates the fantastic accentuation – or creation – of a distinct waistline. Sometimes it takes a bit of assistance from an accessory to show off our feminine silhouettes. And the belt is the ideal accessory for this purpose – much more so than Photoshop could ever hope to be! Ah, the power of the belt!