I have a bad habit of catching onto something only when its on its way out. I don’t know about wide belts as a fashion item, but its taken me a while to get onto the bandwagon and I hope its not already passe! :P
It’s been a bit of a hassle for me to find wide waist cincher belts here. I’m not about to pay a truckload of money at places like Topshop for something I could just as easily pick up at a little boutique. Yet, I don’t haunt little boutiques so you see my pickle.
Anyway enter Platinum Fashion Mall, Bangkok which everyone proclaims to be cheap clothes heaven. I found a stall in there selling wide waist cincher belts in every colour and design imaginable. Needless to say, at about RM15 each I picked up a couple :)
I could try them on so I could at least avoid those that made me turn blue in the face or make my pooch protrude because they were too tight. No slyph am I! :P
What is nice about such belts is that they create a waist where none is found. They do work best with dresses I find. This is especially so if you have a loosely fitted dress that might be a little big at the waist or have no waist. A belt helps take care of that problem.
It also works with fitted shift dresses for a change in how it looks. In fact, what I find these belts do is pull in the eye so you look like you have an hourglass figure even if you do not, in reality. Best if you wear a lovely flowy dress with a full skirt too.
There is one drawback – it can accentuate a pooch or tummy if you have that problem. It can also accentuate wide hips. So, I will not say that it works for everyone, but if you happen to find a wide belt that does not do any of that, get it – that’s what I did :)
Are belts your thing? They aren’t mine – I find them fiddly but it can make an outfit :)