Somewhere along the line a lot of Island women have lost the belt gene…or maybe they never had it. In any case, too many women here don’t take advantage of this key accessory.
Let spring be your springboard to belt-dom. Haven’t got a waist? Not to worry. Sling a belt at the most narrow part of your hip. If you’ve got a waist, more power to you. Go for the obi belt. Just be careful not to let a belt cinch too tight at the waist or it may make your hips look wider, not a look anyone wants to achieve.
The secret to wearing a belt is to try, try and try again. Try it high, under the bust, to create an empire waistline. Try it low on the hip to cinch in a billowy tunic or dress. Try it at the waist for that Mad Men silhouette. Try it on a safari jacket to feminize a potentially severe look. But try it!
This season we’re finding all sorts of belts around town: obi belts, zippered belts, narrow belts, wide belts, leather, fabric and grosgrain belts. Here are a few we spotted:
– Paula Rath