Monday, August 15, 2016

Style Minute: Put a Belt on It

People often think that dresses are hard to personalize. How can one creatively style them to make them unique and change up how they look each time they're worn? As a blogger, I think about this because heaven forbid I should repeat an outfit in a post. I mean, seriously! (can you detect my sarcasm? I hope so).

Refinery 29 

Well, there are a number of different ways, I think, but my favorite lately has been to use a belt. Who cares if you don't actually have belt loops? No one said you need them. Wear your belt with whatever dress you like!

@pandorasykes

I'm loving how versatile this look is: shirt dress with a belt, sweater dress with a belt, belted dress under a blazer, boho maxi dress with a belt. The belt works amazingly with all of them!

The Sartorialist

And there's no wrong way to try this trend. You can experiment with belt widths and colors. Heck, you don't even need to use an actual belt! I've been using some of my vintage scarves to belt a dress, too. Have a look here and here.

Refinery 29

You need not play it safe with your belt, either. Notice how the western belt over this boho maxi dress makes it's own statement.  I also love how the woman in the striped shirt dress has styled her belt buckle to the side to go along with the cross over styling of the shirt dress (or maybe the dress was a bit big and this was a solution, which by the way is brilliant!)

I can't wait to pull out my blazers and try the belt under the blazer look for Fall.  I will also be on the hunt for some good vintage belts to keep exploring this trend myself.

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