Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It's a Cinch

Because living in NY means wearing multiple layers all winter long, I'm always looking for ways to add some variation to my looks.  One of my favorite ways to change the appearance of outerwear is to simply add a belt on top. It creates a cinched-in shape that's slimming & it gives a whole new look to an oversized coat.  I've done this quite a bit in the past (see examples here, here & here) - if you haven't yet tried it for yourself, here are some styling tips to pulling it off: 

1) Make sure the belt hits at your natural waist - it can throw off proportions if it sits too high.  
2) Don't over-cinch it.  This can create unflattering "muffin top"-like bulges (never a good look).
2) This technique works best with belts that are at least 1 inch wide or more - skinny belts are better suited for thin knits and cardigans.
3) Use this handy tool to transform a larger size belt to fit you perfectly (or borrow from your significant other's closet & loop the end through - see example below).
4) Thrift & consignment shops are also great places to look for this type of accessory - you can often find affordable real leather styles that have a cool worn-in vintage look to them.

What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 coat, New York & Co. blazer (similar here or here), c/o Dorothy Perkins top (last seen here), 
Gap jeansForever 21 boots (similar here or here), Merona belt, Forever 21 clutch (similar), 
Etsy earringsLips: Revlon Colorburst Elusive

Images: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4



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