How To: Belts!

So it's officially fall and I've got my essentials: Oversize knit, high waisted pencil, long sleeved blouse, maybe even a few fun hats... how come I'm not satisfied with my autumn wardrobe yet? 

It's basic, it's safe, and the fact of the matter is it's just OK! 

Luckily, there are a number of ways to cheek-i-fy some limp pieces, or exaggerate the fabulousness of an already darling garment. Fancy hair, a bold lip, chunky necklaces or our highest heels are all great options, but let's not forget one major player that's probably curled up in the corner of the closet or wedged under the bed. Your Belt!

It's not just a question of keeping your pants up. It's a matter of adding color, texture, shimmer, or whatever else your heart desires. You may be able to cast your current belt collection into the corner, but you can't when they look like these: 

It's not like you see everyone out there in one of these stylish stunners. They're intimidating. You want to make sure you've done it right. The truth is, you really can't go wrong, but here's a few guidelines to help you get started: 

 

Complementary Colors

You learned it in elementary school, now its time to apply it in life! It's never a bad idea to pair colors that help each other out. In this example, complementary colors red and green pull together otherwise different styles.

Textures x Patterns 

For a subtle statement, a neutral texturized belt will work with a patterned top or dress. A wonderful way to start playing with belts without being too over-the-top!

When in doubt, go for Gold

Gold easily works with a huge variety of color palettes, patterns, and eras. Go skinny or choose a thicker belt to accentuate the waist in different ways. There's no shortage of gold belts in the world, find a simple one or a chunky charmer. 

Mesmerize in Monotone

Wilder belts are easily paired with a neutral that matches the main color. In the case of this vest/belt combo, the two pieces work as one, making it easy to wear almost any kind of shirt underneath. 

Jazzed up neutrals 

On the other hand, you can always add contrast and color to an otherwise standard neutral item! Add jeans and you're ready to go! 

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These examples are great ways to get started, but there's one more thing to keep in mind that references another accessory many of us are more comfortable with.

Remember: If you can do it with Jewelry, you can do it with a belt! 

Have Fun!
- Cheeky Vintage