Belts. Should you or shouldn’t you? And if so, HOW? Belts are a common feature for casual and dressy outfits alike, but for apple shaped women, there are some additional considerations.
Here, we’ll plunge into when and how to wear a belt, and when it skip it.
What is a belt?
We all know this, but let’s think about it. A belt is usually a strap, made from fabric or leather, that cinches around our waists or hips.
Belts can be both decorative and functional. Decorative, by the designs embroidered, embossed, painted, or studded into them, or decorative by what they do for the silhouette of your outfit. Or, they can be functional – hitchin’ up the drawers, or a place from which to hang our tools or guns.
Who Should Wear Belts?
Obviously, everyone has occasion to wear a belt at some point in her life. Even if that occasion is your Halloween costume, or that one dress in your closet: it’s gonna come up.
Generally speaking, pear shaped and hourglass women wear belts the best, and the most often. For women with extreme difference between hip and waist measurements, it’s usually necessary to buy clothes that are too big for their waists, but fit everywhere else. They literally wear belts to keep their pants up, or to minimize the look of their dresses “tenting” around their waists.
More to the point, pear and hourglass shapes look GOOD by drawing attention to their midsection, and should do so whenever possible. Easiest, quickest way to do that is with a stunning, fitted belt.
But what about those of us not so keen on drawing attention to our waists? Is it still possible to wear a belt and look good?
There are big belts, medium belts, and skinny belts.
Avoid skinny belts at all costs. These are NOT for us. This means skinny leather belts, rope belts, and usually any metal-based belts are OFF the table.
Skinny belts will almost always have a “cutting” effect on your midsection and fail to do you any favors.
Medium and large belts can be appropriate for apple shapes. Under the right circumstances, they can even be slimming and flattering.
Each body is different and of course you will need to experiment to find your own sweet spot.
Generally speaking, a dark-colored medium or wide belt made from stretchy material (to minimize the “cutting into” effect) will give you more shape and illusion of a waist. This is especially true for apple shaped women of average and slim sizes.
For plus size apple shapes, we have to weigh and balance whether the belt draws MORE attention to our waists, or supplies more of an illusion that we have one.
Not gonna lie, Apple sister. Belts that lie around our hips are generally a poor idea.
Women with long, thin torsos can get away with this look. Sure, it’s a little co-ed, a little youthful, but it can work well in some settings.
And for some shapes, particularly for women with long, thin torsos and slim hips, they can even benefit from this look because of the added dimension and balance the hip belt gives them.
But apples in hip-placed belts will just look boxy, boated, or worst of all: pregnant.
Good Belts for Apple Shaped Women
Here are a few belts that will work on most of us.
This is a leather belt with an elastic backing, and it’s wide enough for most apple shapes. It also comes in wine and black. This would look great over a boho dress, for example.
Here’s another that’s both wide enough and elastic, with a different design. The double clasp makes the belt look even more “cinching”, but the elastic will help you breathe without looking too corseted in and stuffed.
This would be suitable around your favorite tunic, or on your next safari. Who said rugged couldn’t be fun? the skinny belt overlay on this wider belt is not a problem, in a darker colored leather. Apple shapes should not, under any circumstances, wear a light-colored version of this belt over a dark or black dress: that would be the equivalent of wearing a neon flashing sign that says “FOCUS HERE’ around your tummy.
Thoughts on belts? Any positive or negative experiences with them? Please do leave your feedback, and I look forward to your insights.