What’s a fantastic way to put a fresh spin on your favorite summer jacket, dress or skirt and blouse combo? Belt it! I’ve been getting lots of mileage out of a wide gray patent leather belt from Banana Republic - it’s given new life to the pencil skirts and blouses I often wear to the office. And after hours, it looks great with a black sheath.
I’m not alone in my newfound affection for this look - wide belts worn at the waist are all the rage right now. Wide belts not only cinch your waist and make it look tinier, they can add depth and rich detail to an otherwise staid outfit. The cinching effect is particularly pronounced with this season’s bell-shaped skirts and dresses that accentuate the hips. Play up your feminine wiles even more by adding a wide belt! Belts to try: Banana Republic’s Leather snake-embossed belt, or White House Black Market’s Stretch Square Buckle Belt, which captures the essence of a similar belt by Gucci for only $48.
Want to really be on the inside style track, with a look that will transition right into the fall? Go for a wide metallic belt like Michelle Obama (at right), who wore a silver Givenchy belt with a voluminious cream colored cropped kimono-style jacket and slacks at a recent LGBT event in Washington. To get a look like Michelle’s, try Michael Kors’ Metallic Leather Belt.
What do you think of this trend? Is it one you'll try? Tell us!