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

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.

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.