Simple Spring Update. Add a Belt.

There’s a really easy way this spring to take what you already have and make it feel current. Ready for it…Tuck your shirt in, and add a belt.  In fact, chances are you already own at least a half a dozen belts that you’ve been storing in the archives waiting for this moment. The red belt above is from my archives – vintage Target (lol) circa 2005. Thank goodness it was repeatedly spared from donation because these days it’s a go to.  Yes, people…belts are back and I’m seeing them everywhere, because, the proportions are changin’.

Why add a belt?

It doesn’t even have to be a huge investment to make things feel current. As I said, the proportions are changing. (I even talked about this last summer in the mom jean post.)  The waist and rise of pants and skirts have been on the rise for a while now. The days of plumber’s crack is gone, and IMHO…good riddance, because this makes it super easy to achieve an hourglass figure, even if you don’t have one. It’s just about every girl’s dream to have an hourglass figure and with the rise of the rise, you too can. My clients have heard me say this time and time again, getting dressed is all just an optical illusion. So, tuck it in and add a belt to be current, while creating the ultimate hourglass figure.

To tuck or not to tuck.

The question becomes to tuck or not to tuck?  When the waist of your bottoms sits just at your belly button the goal then is to create an hourglass figure. So, now’s the time to tuck in your top and add that belt.  A TWC style trick…After you’re tucked in and belted, reach your hands up over your head like you’re grabbing something you can’t reach. When you let your arms down you’ll find you have the perfect amount of blouse over. You’ll feel more fashionable, less stiff, and a lot less like your local UPS man.

The one downside to wearing a belt is that a once quick bathroom break now takes a good 5 minutes longer when you factor in having to tuck your shirt in and then buckle the belt. Oh, the things we do in the name of fashion…

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So, are you gonna try tucking in your top and adding a belt to update and make any outfit feel current?? To tuck, or not to tuck shouldn’t be a question any longer. Go for it! Have a great week, and happy belting everyone.


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Photo: Molly Nook


Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.

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