Belt it Out

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:

These Brave Beltworks from Therapy in Kahala Mall ($99 - $115) can be wrapped , tied and buckled anywhere along the leather strip.

This zippered Brave Beltworks creation, also from Therapy, can be zipped up to wear on the waist or unzipped to create one long belt that can wrap around anyplace on the anatomy.
Obi belts and skinny belts from Elizabeth Kelly London are sold at The Butik for $72 – $84.
Obi belts up close at The Butik.

– Paula Rath

About paularath

I'm a freelance fashion writer and fine artist in Honolulu. Expect to read fresh voices here through Hawaii's Fashion Forum.
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2 Responses to Belt it Out

  1. artonawingpc says:

    Great belts and a very diverse selection.

  2. Jerry says:

    Good one on women’s belts, how about one on men’s belts?

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