So much more than a skinny strip of material, the belt can play a starring role in your wardrobe. It adds color, texture, and interest to an otherwise simple ensemble. The right belt also cinches and defines your waist, adding the appearance of curves.
Like anything else, belt trends come and go with the seasons. But what’s filling up the Instagram feed this season is a trick straight off the runway — the ultra long belt. Want to jump on this ultra flattering trend? Here’s how.
4 Ways to Wear the Long Belt Trend
First, let’s tackle the basic questions. What is the long belt trend and how do you wear it? The trend is just what it sounds like: wearing an extra long belt instead of one that fits your waist size. Styling a long belt is easy. Just let the extra long end hang down your side. It’s a menswear-inspired trend that’s adding a new twist to your most basic belted outfits. Read on to see how.
Long Belt + Pants
Long belts work well with most types of pants. The trendiest looks make use of lettering down the long side of the belt. But you could also step lightly into the long belt craze with a classic leather belt. Or go edgier with a shoelace belt.
Long Belt + Dress
When wearing a dress, place your long belt above your hips at your natural waist. Since this is the slimmest area of your torso, positioning the belt there makes the biggest style impact. Try a long leather belt for a sophisticated look that will flatter your figure.
Skinny belts are a great option for one-piece dresses that have no clear separation between the top and bottom. On dresses with cinched waists, try a wide belt when you need to cover the area where the top meets the skirt.
Long Belt + Jacket
Belting your jacket is an easy way to define your shape under multiple layers. It can also help break up a solid block of color. To make your belt really stand out, opt for a texturized or patterned belt. D-ring style cloth belts work well for coats too, as they’re flexible and can be easily adjusted for comfort (needed on those days when you eat an extra piece of pizza…).
Long Belt + Skirt
As with dresses, long belts enhance the look of your skirts while adding a pop of color or texture to your ensemble. Pair a skinny belt with a skirt and secure it about 1 inch below the area where the tucked-in top and the skirt’s waistband meet.
Or, for a more feminine look, try a skirt with a wrap belt. These stylish belts cover up more surface area on the belly, which is ideal for women who want to make the waist appear smaller.
Still not sure where to start with the long belt trend? Wear a neutral belt with a pair of your favorite boyfriend jeans and a comfy top.
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