So here’s the deal with belts

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about belts lately. Should I wear them? If so, how? What kind works for me? And so on. Here’s the latest: I’m trying to incorporate more belts in my wardrobe but I’m a little nervous about using colors besides black. I have a lot of dark color tops and pants this fall so was wondering if you had any tips or do’s/don’ts for working belts into the mix?

Belts are a really fun–and useful–accessory to have on hand. They can work to cinch a silhouette, or merely give a finishing accent to your overall look.

When it comes to colored belts, stick with skinny. If you’re opting for a dash of color or print in your belt, you want exactly that–a dash. A skinny belt will provide pop to your outfit without pulling all of the focus.

J. Crew has a fun variety of skinny belts (think glitter, embellished, etc.). I especially love their cool animal prints. You can use the skinny belt looped through darker color pants, or try it at your natural waist over a muted dress. Just remember, if you go too big and colorful, that’s all people are going to look at. You want the outfit to shine as a whole ensemble, instead of one single piece stealing the spotlight.

Does this mean you can’t go big at all? No! If you’d rather a thicker belt to accentuate your waist, keep the color of it in line with the hues of your outfit. This way, it will blend in more effortlessly. You can also go totally monochromatic and use a belt that has some interesting detail or texture. This can add edgy depth to your look.

Overall, make sure the belt fits and will stay put with whatever you’re wearing. You don’t want to have to keep adjusting throughout the day. Nobody has time for that nonsense.

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