Belt It Out

marniI can't buy enough belts lately.  I always wished I owned a wider selection of belts, so I stopped wishing and started buying a few months back.  I didn't go crazy, but I was more conscious of belts when shopping (I tended to overlook them before).  I got a couple from the Banana Republic outlet during our Woodbury Common trip and a few more from H&M, Uniqlo and Urban Outfitters.  Now I'm the proud owner of at least 15-20 belts of varying widths, colors and materials. My favorite belted looks of the moment are made up of a skinny belt (1) cinched over a draped sweater (as shown above); or (2) fastened over a flowy shirt or dress (as shown below).  I'm so into belts right now, I even wore one over every single outfit I sported in Miami this weekend (including my travel outfits).  During the work week, I like to wear belts over cardigans and other layers a la Michelle Obama.  Just so I don't sound completely insane, I will note that I am not wearing a belt right now (but I might wear one tomorrow).

lanvinI know more than a few women who think they cannot wear belts.  My advice: try lots of different styles over all kinds of outfits - a skinny belt over a slim sheath dress, a wider belt over a chunky sweater, a braided belt over a jersey summer dress, a dressy medium width belt over a fitted blazer.  Try to wear the belt at your natural waist, or try a thinner belt higher mimicking the look of an empire waist top.  You'll be surprised just how much a simple belt can add to an ensemble.

Marni Bow-embellished skinny belt, $210 at Net-a-Porter

Lanvin Gathered skinny belt, $117 at The Outnet

Some other favorites: Superskinny leather belt, $29.50 at J. Crew Ruffle waist belt, $28.00 at Urban Outfitters Studded leather skinny belt, $24.50 at Gap Metallic colored skinny belt (in bronze), $5.80 at Forever 21 Skinny glitter belt, $4.80 at Forever 21 (watch out - this one will likely leave glitter everywhere)