When you think of belting, you probably first think of cinching the waistline of your favorite dress. While that’s a classic way to use a belt, they can actually be used to add more structure and femininity to many other pieces in your closet.
In my opinion, belts are the most versatile additions to any wardrobe because they easily adjust to your changing waistline and can even be worn at different levels — or even two at once! — to create different silhouettes.
Below are 5 unexpected ways to use your belts with some of the most-worn pieces in your closet. It’s a smart way to get extra mileage out of your clothing and look even more svelte in the process!
As I mentioned before, a belt can change the entire silhouette of a dress! One of my favorite go-to style hacks is belting swing dresses that don’t have a built-in waistline. It’s a great trick for vacation, because you can wear the swing dress loose for one occasion, then with a belt for two entirely different looks.
Another one of my favorite styling hacks is to belt my coats and blazers, which adds structure to the overall look.
Knits can sometimes look bulky, so belting them is a great way to streamline their shape and put the focus on your curves.
You may not realize it, but longline tops and peplum blouses also look great belted! The longline tops suddenly mimic a dress and the peplums take on an even more exaggerated, fashion-forward shape. Try it the next time you need a fun, dressy look that stands out.
Even if your skirt doesn’t have belt loops, you can still belt it — just choose a thicker one that covers the top of the waistband completely. The belt helps to break up colors and patterns and helps highlight your waist. Pro tip: Always tuck your top into your skirt, even if it blouses out a bit, to make sure you have a sleek silhouette