This season belts are all the rage and have never looked better! This is exciting news because it now means that you don't have to pay a fortune to get a great looking belt. Good looking belts are widely available in all price ranges - and some of the least expensive belts may very well fool you! The belts for Autumn/Winter 2009 are a bit different from what we've seen in past years. The hottest looks feature textures ranging from studs to animal prints and come in widths to suit all shapes and sizes.
The belts of the season are worn right at your natural waist, or perhaps even higher. Many of them feature elastic in the back, which I am a big fan of because it helps wide belts to stay in place and fit your body like a glove. It also helps to make them more comfortable to wear.
A belt can be a wonderful way to update items that are in your closet right now. Add a textured belt to your cardigan for instant update. A belt worn with your simple shift dress is a great way to accessorise your look in a new way. Or belt your fitted blazer for a current look. There isn't much that doesn't look good with a belt, so don't be afraid to experiment and step outside your box.
If you haven't worn belts and aren't sure how to find the best one for you, here are a few tips for finding the right belt:
1/ Choose a belt that is in proportion with you. If you are tall and have a substantial shape, choosing a belt in a wider width (3" or more) should work well for you.
2/ If you're on the shorter or more petite side, choose a belt no wider than 2" to keep your look in balance.
3/ Opt for a belt in a color that is one of your most flattering neutrals. Black isn't always best, so don't overlook brown, camel or an animal print.
4/ Wearing a belt at your waist can visually cut you in half so try to coordinate the color of the belt to the color of what you're wearing. It doesn't have to match exactly, but a belt that is in high contrast will stand out as opposed to one that subtly coordinates with your top/jacket, etc.
5/ To give the appearance of a longer legline, belt your dresses above your waist (a la Michelle Obama). It'll make your legs look longer and help to create a slimmer silhouette.
6/ Wearing a belt helps to create a waistline which can make you look slimmer - hooray!
So find your favorite belt and don't be afraid to experiment. You may find some great new ways to update your look with just a simple accessory.