Posts Tagged: belt

What Belting Can Do For You

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

how to wear a belt

If you’re looking for a tutorial on the nuts and bolts of choosing belts for your outfits, I will quite happily refer you to Audi’s fabulous guest post on how to break into belting for a comprehensive guide to wearing these amazingly versatile accessories. It’s gospel, as far as I’m concerned.

But a refresher on how belts can be worn and how they affect your proportions couldn’t hurt, right? And I’m such a visual learner myself, I figured some photographic examples might help! read more

Reader Request: DIY Alterations

diy clothing alterations

Reader Patricia had this request:

Can you maybe talk a bit about DIY clothing alterations? I’m not sure if that’s something you do with your own clothes often, but I know I’ve seen you recommend snipping off belt loops and the like… what options do you tend to utilize in terms of making off-the-rack clothing work better for you (either on your own or with tailoring, although I know you’ve already written a few great posts about tailoring)? Is it worth it buying something not-quite-perfect and making it your own? read more

Reader Request: When Matchy-matchy Makes Sense

matchy matchy

Reader Patricia had this request:

I know you mentioned a little while ago that soon you’d write a post about the benefits of matchy-matchy — yes please! I’d also love to see that expand into something about the different attitudes and situations when matchy-matchy works, as opposed to more contrast (if that makes sense?).

I must’ve been born too late, friends, because 50’s style matchy-matchy STILL makes more sense to me than looks that “go.” Pretty much across the board. I feel that matched accessories create unity and visual harmony, and that striking the right balance of complimentary but different accessory colors is often more trouble than it’s worth. Two matched accessories total is a good cap – when your belt, shoes, bag, and earrings are all the same color, it can get a little overwhelming – but those two matched accessories are like outfit bookends. Neat, harmonious, unifying. read more