Posts Tagged: belt

Clothing Comfort Work-arounds

I’m willing to put up with some discomfort for the sake of a look. I have shoes that make my feet ache, blazers that make it impossible to reach for items on high shelves, and pairs of tights that transform me into a Segmented Worm. But I don’t LIKE being uncomfortable. It makes me crabby and scowly and entirely un-fun to be around. So I’ve found a few simple ways to achieve the looks I love by utilizing slight variations on the gorgeous-but-uncomfortable pieces I adore. Prepare! I will now divulge my secrets: read more

Originally posted 2011-04-04 06:08:43.

Reader Request: Comfortable Belts

comfortable belts

Reader Brenna had this request:

I love the look of a belt adding a waist to a shapeless outfit, but I hate the feeling of a belt squeezing me. I can’t stand the feeling of spanx or pantyhose either! What kind of belts would you suggest?

Totally understand, Brenna. Nothing like a squeezy belt to cramp your style. No pun intended. (I think that was a pun. And if it was, I definitely didn’t intend it.)

Squeezing can come in many forms, but if part of the issue is that your belts are thick or stiff, try out a few wrap belts. Wide, obi-style wrap belts like the one above can work, but do take up quite a bit of torso real-estate. So if you’re worried about shortening your torso, you’re better served to find narrower wraps. Look for something made from soft, supple leather or faux leather. read more

Originally posted 2015-09-22 06:31:06.

How to Define Your Waist Without Wearing a Belt

How to define your waist without wearing a belt.

I’ve begun updating some of my greatest hits posts so they’re more current. This is one of them!

I don’t belt as much nowadays, but I’m a big believer in the power of belts to transform a silhouette. Before I discovered the wonderful world of belting, my waist was seldom seen by anyone besides my husband.

But belts are not for everyone. Depending on your proportions, belting may feel strange or look strange. Depending on your personal style, belting may have very limited appeal. Depending on your preferences, belting may feel incredibly uncomfortable. But if any of those things are true AND you still wish to define your waistline, you might want to give one of these alternatives a try: read more