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4 creative ways to wear a belt

Woman in navy blue sheath dress with yellow belt

How many belts do you have in your closet? If you’re like most women, you probably have several different styles that you hardly ever wear. Fortunately, there are ways to incorporate these essential clothing accessories into your wardrobe that don’t involve lacing them through the loops of your jeans. Discover all the ways you can wear a belt this summer:

With a skirt
In the summer, it can be difficult to decide what to wear to work. You want to look professional enough for the office, but it’s also important to stay comfortable in the hot weather. Though skirt suits are formal and elegant, the jacket can make the high temperatures unbearable. If you plan on just wearing a simple blouse with a pencil skirt, enhance the style with a belt. Looping a belt around your hips or waist will add that extra professional flair that compensates for the missing blazer.

Around a blouse
Flowy and free, blouses are a great item for this season’s style. Whether you’re wearing a patterned or a single-colored top, throw a belt into the mix to really set the style bar high. To wear a belt with a blouse, you can wrap the accessory around your waist, just above your hips. Draw even more focus to this area of your body, which also happens to be the tiniest part of your middle, by pairing this style tip with a three-quarter sleeve shirt.

Dress up a cardigan
While the sun may be beating down outside, the office air conditioning is usually at an all-time high in the summer. You may have to bring an extra layer to work to stay comfortable. However, don’t let bulky sweaters trump your seasonal style. Add a belt over a cardigan or shrug. As with the blouse, you’ll cinch the waist at its tiniest part. Additionally, the belt adds a fashion-forward element that makes your sweater more summer appropriate.

Maximize the style
Maxi dresses are always a great option for summer style. Whether you wear them to work, the beach or out for a night on the town, they provide a chic outfit from head to toe. However, sometimes that lengthy fabric can be a bit overwhelming. This is especially true if the dress doesn’t feature a pattern – the single color can get repetitive when you wear it all over. Break up the dress by adding a belt around your waist. Wearing a belt will segment the style and add enough variety to create visual interest.

Mix and match your outfit with both skinny and wider belts. All sizes work with these tips, so tailor the look to your sense of style.

4 creative ways to wear a belt

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Published on Jun 02 2015

Last Updated on Jul 21 2016

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