How to choose belts for your outfits? | Indian Woman Fashion, Fitness, Food, Style & Travel Photography Blog by Tanvi Rastogi

How to choose belts for your outfits?

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Some time back Ramya asked me this question over on Twitter. Ever since I have been thinking about this. Trust me, before she asked, I hadn't given a single thought to the concept of belts. Ever! Things that blogging makes me analyze :) 

Figuring out the belt fitting/styling is more of an art than a science. But these are some guidelines to follow if you are a complete novice: 

Original Post Here & Here


Where? You have to first figure out where will you place your belt on your waist. Sometimes the spot will be a little higher than your natural waistline and sometimes a little lower. If you have regular bust size and a little extra 'something' around the midriff, positioning a belt above the waistline is usually the right spot. If you are short-waisted but well endowed, positioning a belt lower than the waistline in front and at waist level in the back is often the solution. If you are long waisted, wearing a belt high on the natural waist is usually most effective.


Original Post Here & Here

What? Choosing the width of the belt will depend on your waist and the outfit. It is hard to specify which belt will go with what. Usually if you are short waisted then skinny belts would be more flattering. However, if you are long waisted then you could go either broad or skinny depending on the dress/outfit.


Original Post Here & Here

How? Once you have figured out where and what, how is relatively easy. You can 
- choose a belt in the same color scheme as your outfit or go bold and pick one in contrast.  
- pair two belts together to wear double-color. 
- belt it over a jacket or under. 

If you are not used to wearing belts then it is natural to be hesitant to try instantly. But it is a process of trial and error, before you figure out exactly what works for you. To begin with you can just try it at home and click pictures for yourself to see how it looks.   


Updated on Rashmi's suggestion
I had done a Belt Tutorial last month, which incidentally goes with this post. 



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62 comments

  1. very nice ... i love your choice ....
    http://fashionstyle-pk.blogspot.com/

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  2. Dear Tanvi plez send your pics and bio data for next month guest celebrity of Fashion & style web blog .... :-)
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  3. useful! thanks for sharing! will try to make use of them, when its time to belt it up!

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  4. As always great tips from an expert!!! U know what u're talking about my girl, u really do!:) Have a lovely day!!! kisses & hugs
    Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

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  5. ah this is helpful. I belong to the when will I scale this tribe I infrequently wear belts

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  6. Useful tips Tanvi :) I do wear belts often but I need to experiment with colors. lovely pics as usual :)

    xoxo
    Anusha

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  7. I still think the way you tie the belt is really just a very unique way to make a boring belt look really stylish.

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  8. soo helpful !! Plz can you guide me how to do this knot thing with the belt?? I have tried it earlier but it doesn't go well !! : )

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  9. I was surprised to see a comment from you on my blog. Heh. :)

    I read yours regularly and enjoy it quite a bit.

    xxx

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  10. useful tutorial accompanied by great pictures.

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  11. this was a really nice post. am really clueless when it comes to belts. thanks so much!

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  12. Great advice, Tanvi! My favourite belt outfit is the one with the striped maxi and spotty top. Wearing that belt just below your bust makes you look so tall and slender. x

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  13. when it comes to belts...you totally rock it tanvi<3

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  14. Excellent advise;-)
    I adore the creative use of belts.

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  15. What a marvellous analysis of How-to-wear-a-belt. For me it's also often a question of 'Can I bear something restricting around my midriff?' and many days I cannot, i.e. outfit sans belt.

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  16. Great post!!! loved it! you have a great style!
    xoxo
    Vicky
    www.styleandfashionlover.com

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  17. Love your flair for belts Tanvi. I enjoyed the vlog of the belt tying and tried some on myself:):)

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  18. You are so right belts are an art and you are so good at them. I, on the other hand am rubbish with belts. Great examples here Tanvii. Xxxx

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  19. i am admitedly lacking belts in my closet. i think i need to remedy that!

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  20. Great tips! I need a few more belts in different shapes and textures in my closet.. Well, I need a fashion help all the time :D

    http://kirantarun.com/food

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  21. What a great post! I love the wide and knotted belt! Lookin good lady!

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  22. You always have the finest choices when it comes to colours and patterns.
    Love the last outfit a lot
    lee x

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  23. I was actually just wondering whether I need more thin belts. And you answered my "wonder-ment." I've a short torso :)

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  24. Thanks darling! Great tips and I love all the belts that you showcased!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  25. I want to shop the second look!Those tan boots and the belt...*Sigh*
    I'm a total contrast person though.I love wearing dull colors and then perk it up with a neon colored belt.On days when I'm not sure regarding what to wear,I usually go with the good ol' tan slim belts.

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  26. Makes total sense. I used to wear a lot of thick belts really high until one day someone asked if I was pregnant (true story)! Now I've bought a few thin belts and have begun to wear them in a much more flattering manner. Your posts help me so much Tanvi!!!

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  27. I still don't feel comfortable wearing a long necklace and a belt together in an outfit. I feel that the long necklace near where I would place the belt would clash too much. Any suggestions?

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  28. You know, I rarely wear belts! Although from seeing your pictures they really do add a little something 'extra' to an outfit :)

    Leia

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  29. You know, it's amazing, isn't it? you have been doing it all your life, and then suddenly, you stop and think about it, and there is always some method to the madness. Love the belting tips you have given here. As always, great style from you Tanvi.

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  30. you have an AMAZING blog - creative, inspiring and just such a feast for the eyes. I'm following you now, look forward to many posts more! :)

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  31. I love belts! Cute outfit with your plaid & black lace skirt- it's so pretty!

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  32. Absolutely love this post and am favouriting it. I have a lot of belts and want to incorporate them into every day outfits, but had no idea how to start. This is definitely me belt go to guide.

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  33. I never say no to a belt episode! love em, who doesn't want to look slenderer? =belts! xxo

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  34. i definitely agree. knowing the width of the belt helps in choosing which belt to wear with which outfit. makes a big difference.

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  35. Oh baby what a video..love love that you dont have that stupid accent which desis have ..looking great!

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  36. Good question, great post! I get asked that a lot too and for me it's more of a spur of the moment thing. Def some trial and error involved. ;)

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  37. What a fab post, Tanvii! I have the hardest time finding belts for my figure--I'll be sure to remember your tips next time I try to shop for one!

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  38. I'm always so awkward when it comes to belting. This post is perfect!
    _Ellie

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  39. More art than science - I like that! Thankfully belts come in all sizes and shapes - making it easy to try out different looks

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  40. I love how belts can change up the look entirely..I feel that the more wider the belt, more difficult it is to wear it. Sometimes I feel that the belt has completely overpowered my dress. The sleek ones are nice..they let you add punch and experiment..nice tips :)

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  41. great tutorials, you have a great collection of belts. I like the knotted look.

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  42. I have around 20 belts out of which i use 3 or 4 regularly... somehow i feel the others dont go with any outfit! Hmm... I should keep trying...

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  43. A girlfriend gave me a wide belt recently, which I never thought I could wear a wide belt, but somehow she picked the perfect one for my style and I LOVE wearing it. It makes so many outfits of mine look way better and ups the classy notch.

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  44. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    GTBB,
    http://badjoan.blogspot.com
    http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

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  45. Lovely post! I've enjoyed all the outfit this past month including that stripy red top of yours!

    Also, the work out vids - you sure know how to engage us all with your variety! Love it!

    As for all the negative comments/feedback, don't take them personally, unless it's criticism worth pondering about.

    Right, much love to ya gorgeous!
    x.o.x.o

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  46. Great tips tanvi :) The 4th outfit is my fav :)

    raeyoflife.blogspot.com

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  47. Thanks for the tips! And oh, thanks to your video, I did the knotted belt on one of my dresses and was flattered by all the compliments coming my way ..:)

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  48. I love belts, accessories are surely something that can make an outfit beautiful, and your tips are very useful ! What do you think about following each other ? I'd like that cause I like your blog. Hope you also like mine ! Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies

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  49. these are great tips! all of the outfits you show are so pretty, it makes me want to go home and get out all my belts.

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  50. I love your tutorials! These are great tips...thanks Tanvi :)

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  51. I hope you are feeling better.
    Love the belt tip. :)

    xoxo,
    Mel

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  52. I love watching your videos! they add a new element to the blog. And, that wall behind you is so fun! love the posters!

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  53. I love your outfits!!

    xx

    http://iloveineediwant.blogspot.com/

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  54. I love skinny belts! they look really dainty but unfortunately I have been pigging out for the last one month in India and have no "waist" whatsoever!!

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  55. I have recently started wearing belts and developed a liking for them now
    Like all your belted outfits

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  56. i don't have a WAIST....i only see a tummy and the big bum...What a WASTE of life! :-(

    the day i find my waist, i shalllllll revisit this post

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  57. p.s. i like your hair in the one where you wearing the yellow necklace :-)

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  58. I love the way you use belts, I have not got such a good hand at it! Nice tips :)

    xoxo

    www.typefashion.wordpress.com

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  59. Hi,
    of course your belt tutorial was very informative n helpful, but what made me leave a comment was ur video. You have such a sweet voice. I love the way u talk. i think u shud do more videos..u totally rock.

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