Belts are more than an accessory. Often we just look at them as a part of our pants and maybe only pay attention so that they are coordinated with our shoes or bag. If we are wearing long tops then, we don’t even consider them.
Gone are the days where the belt had no identity, but now it is a part of the wardrobe used to accentuate your figure or even as an accessory to add to your look.
There are different types of belt which are used with different outfits. So here are some tips and
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1. The skinny belt : they are really thin and can be used for a hint of colour or as a solid amongst pattern. Skinny belts look best with a ornamental or thicker buckles to enhance them, paired with a nice pair of jeans and a shirt and you are ready to go. The other option to use it as a solid on a printed dress or plain dress. Here you have to be more concious of the placement, if it is exactly on your waist .i.e. the smallest place on your torso then it gives you an hourglass silhouette. It can also be used below the bust to create an empire cut.
2. The medium size belt : slightly thicker basically the size of belt is the size of the belt loops on pants. It has the same functionality as the medium belt but with dresses it has to be used a little lower more mid waist than at the start of it.
3. The thick belt : used more as a statement piece than for its functionality. Used on different outfits it can be placed exactly at the waist or even lower for a more dramatic look.
4. Tie belts or sashes : these do not have buckles, they have to be tied and are cloth based. Not much for accentuating but act more for tightening or just to give a modern turn to a monotonous look.
5. Metallic belts : these are a statement piece . Ornamental and used as a focal point to create your look around. They not only define your waist but also act as a piece of jewelry. Big buckles break the boringness of a plain belt.
6. Kardhani or belly chain : actually a piece of jewelry or like a necklace for a waist. It is actually a bridal jewelry piece in most Indian communities. It looks sexy on a Saree but now some designers are actually using thicker metallic belts for a more trendy look. It also helps in holding the pallu in place.
Thus, if the belt is used right then it can actually change your entire look. Don’t be afraid to experiment, if your curvy use a skinny belt to accentuate your waist. If a dress is loose use a thick belt to cinch it at the waist. If you are petite framed use a medium size belt to define your waist in pants or skirts. If you want to glam up your look try an ornamental belt instead of a statement necklace. And if you want to deck up your ethnic look instead of necklace and bangles try a kardhini to make your saree, lehenga or anarkali more ornate.
Am sure I have opened up your mind to experiment with belts and use them as accessorry. One thing to keep in mind, match or coordinate your belt with shoes or bag or jewelry. Then you will look more put together. So have fun belting it up.
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