Top-Notch! a 7-Step Beginners Guide to Buying and Wearing Belts

Photo by: Merrick White
Men's Belt
When I first started wearing belts as an accessory, I really had only one or two, neither of which I loved. But one day I looked on my husband's side of the closet ... more 
Photo by: Merrick White
Men's Belt
When I first started wearing belts as an accessory, I really had only one or two, neither of which I loved. But one day I looked on my husband's side of the closet and realized he had a couple of belts that I really liked! So if you're in need of a nice thick leather belt to punch up an outfit, check the other side of the closet. Your husband might have just what you're looking for.
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For me, belts are an easy way to boost an outfit. They can help break up a long dress, they cinch in your waist for an hourglass shape, they're an easy accessory, they can add a pop of color or pattern or metallic to an otherwise simple outfit, and oh yeah… they sometimes help keep your pants from falling down. A few years ago I owned only one or two belts, and only wore them through my belt loops and solely as a way to keep my pants in place. Now I own a ton of belts and have learned how to be creative with them because I've learned how fun they can be! Before I show you a few ways to wear them, here are a few tips for buying belts: Try the thrift store. I'm always shocked at the prices of belts, even at low priced clothing stores, but can always find some fun vintage options only a few bucks at the thrift store. Buy the longest length available (and make sure it fits around your hips). Since so many people wear belts around their natural waist, some belts are sold for only that purpose. So even with the longest option, I can't get it to buckle when wearing it through my belt loops. Before buying it, makes sure it's long enough to wear with jeans so you at least have that option. Also, start with the basics. If you want to build a belt collection, there are three I'd recommend buying first, because they're the most versatile and basic - metallic, brown braided, and patterned - I have a leopard one from Target and find it unbelievably versatile. - By Merrick White



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