At first glance, choosing a belt is very simple. But how often after the purchase, we understand that not all belts are properly used in our wardrobe.After all, I want it to be not just a beautiful accessory, but also be in harmony with our clothes, emphasize advantages and hide figure flaws.
A belt, like other accessories or large jewelery, is a great way to change images like gloves, try on a new image without spending too much. The same dress, jeans, skirt play differently depending on which belt you choose.
What is the difficulty of choosing? One has only to go to the store with a wide range of women’s belts and buy a vending model. Or a few different color. Narrow and wide, woven and lacquered, leather and textile – today the choice of models and colors is unlimited. Not everything is so simple: the belt can be the final touch to our individual style, and even destroy the whole image.
However, it is not necessary to acquire a whole collection of leather goods. It is better to learn how to choose the right belts, from whatever point of view – functional or decorative – you may not look at them.
Rule 1. Material.
If you buy a belt to wear it all the time, let it be genuine leather. It wears out slower and more beautiful than artificial materials. The colors, of course, are welcome classic – black, gray, white or brown.
But models for experiments may well be inexpensive and artificial, as well as made from textiles. Just make sure that the hardware is not too shiny and coarse: it looks very cheap.Otherwise, you can afford everything: bright colors, colors or rivets, massive buckles, etc.
Rule 2. Width.
This indicator is directly dependent on your volume. The more massive the figure, the more contraindicated are thin belts. However, this does not mean that owners of 56 clothing sizes are “registered” only with belts one and a half feet wide. But not less than 4 centimeters for sure.
If your size is small, you can experiment with both narrow and wide models: the waist and the hip line are perfectly accentuated by both. If you decide to wear a thin belt in the pants, remember: the waistline should be either low or overestimated.
Rule 3. Color.
A classic trick that makes the waist even thinner is a white belt on a black dress. Other light tones on a dark background have the same effect — for example, flesh tones on blue, lilac on green.
If the goal is to draw attention to the figure there, the color can be any: as in one of the tones of the pattern on the dress, and absolutely contrasting with it.
Rule 4. Compatibility.
It is better to combine a belt with shoes than with a bag – they are further apart from each other.
If the belt is large enough and catchy, even if it plays the first violin in the dress: give up massive jewelery, a shiny bag, etc.
If we talk about the materials of women’s belts and clothes, then there are almost no rules left: you can easily put on a rough belt to a chiffon dress, tie a knitted sweater around the wicker belt, “dress up” suede and crocodile skin.
But something is still “outlawed”: for example, thin fabric or chained belts over thick wool or coarse knitwear, a rough black belt over a light cotton jacket.
Rule 5. Necessity.
Sometimes the belt asks for an image – and sometimes its presence is clearly superfluous. The latter applies, for example, to a circle figure: the belt on it looks ridiculous.
When is it worth trying? When you have a boyish figure and a widening skirt, and you need to designate the hips, even if in fact there is no special transition between the waist and the hips.
When your outfit is two sizes larger and makes you ball on legs. It is better to emphasize the waist or the line of the hips.
And of course, when the jeans were spread and began to crawl: the correct fit looks much more beautiful.
How to choose a belt
- Be sure to pay attention when choosing a leather belt for leather quality.The edges of the belt of real leather should not be square, but rounded, neatly cut, not tucked and hemmed.
- Another sign of good quality is the painted end.
- If the holes are decorated with rivets, buttons, you need to bend the belt around each hole and see if there is any material here.
- Hold the strap in your hand and pull it by the ends. If it does not stretch at all, this is bad: it will be too tight and uncomfortable in the process of wearing. A significant deformation will very soon lead to the fact that the holes on the belt will stretch ugly, and the belt will lose its shape and appearance. Ideally, the tension should be 0.5-1 cm over the entire length of the product.
- The straps sewn around the perimeter are, of course, stronger than the glued ones, which tend to stratify over time.
- The edges of the buckle should not be sharp, otherwise not one blouse will go to the scrap.