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.
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
TIP: 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.
TIP: 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.
FACT: Did you know? Belt buckles date back to the Bronze Age.