During the summer, dresses are my go-to. Belts are a great option to give yourself some shape and upgrade your outfit. Let me show you how to wear a belt with a dress and show you how big of a difference it makes!
Let me show you how to wear a belt with a dress
I’m living in summer dresses lately. They’re such an easy choice for the summer, and make me feel put together. I’m also constantly wearing them with belts and you guys have been asking about them. Let me show you how to wear a belt with a dress.
A quick and easy way to upgrade any dress
I’m serious, adding a belt to a dress is the easiest way to upgrade any outfit. I’ll show you a few examples of how it takes an outfit to the next level.
But first, here are three reasons to belt your dress
Adding a belt instantly creates a waistline
A belt gives shape to a boxy dress
Chic belts instantly upgrade your look
Which dresses should be belted?
Honestly you can belt basically any dress. But these are the ones that will give you the most bang for your buck:
- Shirt dresses. They often come with a belt, so just swap it out for a leather belt. Instantly chic.
- T-shirt dresses. They’re shapeless by nature, so adding a belt gives you a waist and makes the outfit feel a little nicer.
- Fit and flare dresses. Dresses that already have a defined waist are totally a great option, even if the the shape is already defined. It just adds a little something special and breaks up the dress.
- Maxi dresses. These long dresses often need something to break up all that fabric. A little belt in the middle is the perfect way to do that.
Are there any dresses you shouldn’t belt?
I’d say the only ones I’d be careful with are dresses with an elastic waistband built into the dress. It can definitely work, but the belt will more easily slide around and expose the elastic waist throughout the day, since the belt won’t be sitting on smooth, flat fabric. Make sense?
Also dresses with a lot of volume and fabric get very bunch-y when their belted.
It’s more of a case by case basis here, and these styles of dresses can totally still work, just be aware that you might have these issues with these styles of dresses.
Here are some examples of cute dresses that are belted
all images found via pinterest
Now you probably want to grab a belt. Here are some great options.
Which belt is the most versatile?
During the summer, a skinny brown leather belt is my go-to. The one I’m wearing above is actually the belt from THIS BELT BAG, but THIS ONE is similar. My black belts get tons of use during the colder months, but they feel a little too bold and heavy with my summer dresses, and animal print feels more appropriate with rich hues in the fall.
So if you’re going to grab one for summer, get a brown leather one in a skinny to medium width. Braided, solid leather, straw…pick which one feels most your style. It’ll be super versatile for summer.
But I’d recommend having a black belt and a brown belt in your closet!
Trying to figure out how to tie your belts?
About a decade ago, tying your belts in crazy ways was really trendy. I think some of those crazy ways are still cute, but they can also easily feel a little dated. You can’t go wrong with belting it normally around your waist, or doing a simple loop knot, like I did in the picture below.
It’s easy, it’s special, and it’s simple.
Now it’s your turn to try! Think you can belt a dress this week? Give it a go!
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photos by Aubrey Stock