How to Choose the Best Belt for an Outfit
As important an accessory as a handbag, a belt doesn’t just hold up your pants or pull in your tummy. Change your look by creatively matching your belt with your outfit.
You will need
- A measuring tape
- A variety of belts
- A selection of outfits
- A men's tie (optional)
- Velcro (optional)
Step 1 Try outfit first Try on the outfit and decide where you want the belt to sit – hips or waist. Use a measuring tape to determine the proper belt length
Belts generally come with five holes; a comfortable fit will use the third hole. Tightening further can cause an unattractive “muffin top” effect.
Step 2 Determine width Determine the width you need. A belt worn over a dress or shirt can be any width. If you’re wearing it around your hips, use a belt that is narrow at the top and follows the contour of your hips.
Step 3 Choose a color Select a belt that is the same color as your outfit. Or, if you choose a belt for contrast, make sure it complements colors or design elsewhere in the outfit.
Step 4 Enhance but don’t clash Enhance your outfit with a fancy-cut or textured belt, but avoid clashing. For a conservative ensemble the belt should be less noticeable.
Create a belt using a men’s tie, fastening it with three-inch strips of adhesive Velcro.
Step 5 Highlight your waist Highlight your waist when wearing separates by tucking your shirt in. Add a belt that best fits the belt loop width.
Step 6 Try fun alternatives Wear metal belts with segments, Indian beads and leather, fancy fabric weaves, even scarves, for a fun look when going casual.
Did you know? Belt buckles date back to the Bronze Age.