Having a perfect waist, like the one that Dita von Teese rocks, is difficult for us, normal women. When you have a full time job, a healthy social life and house to care of, it’s hard to constantly be on a diet and fit serious work outs in your schedule. So the waist of a burlesque dancer is off the table, but we can show you how to fake it and have the body of the striptease queen, although only when you have your clothes on!
The keyword here is belt. Coming from a girl who avoided them for a long time, it’s a useful piece of advice and it’s a lesson learned in time. However, here I am to share this knowledge with you and save all that precious time! There are several body shapes and luckily, designers cater to every need, even when it comes to belts. Here is the ultimate belt lesson!
Of course, they have a purpose and that is keeping your pants or your skirts where they belong. They are highly necessary when it comes to low-waist items. But even if your lower side clothes fit you perfectly, the belt leaves the paradigm of utility and settles its headquarters in that of wardrobe diva.
Many of us have tried wearing longer, loose blouses in order to conceal problems of the silhouette. Unfortunately, this doesn’t actually hide problems; as instead, it draws attention to them. But if over such a top you wear a wide, loosely fit belt and you don’t forget to drape the blouse a little bit, you’ll get the effect you were looking for.
Wearing a belt with an A-line skirt or dress in the case of the pear-shaped body or a thin belt with straight or pencil skirts in the case of a rectangular shaped body will have the same magnificent effect! Your torso and your hips will look balanced, your waist will seem small and all in all, you will look like you’re one of the lucky gals who have an hourglass body! The benefits of belting up don’t end here! Adding the same thin belt over a dress will make your breasts look larger and more impressive, and the bosom is another key element of the hourglass body.
If your hips are not wide enough, a belt does the trick, especially if the top doesn’t cover up the pants or the skirt’s waistband. But the belt does more than this: it can create the optical illusion of having long legs. You can do this either by wearing a wide belt, loosely fit around the waist or by pulling it up, almost underneath your breasts.
The waist benefits greatly of a belt even if your outfit includes a cardigan. Just add a thin belt over the cardigan, preferably in the same shade. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing pants or a skirt, adding a thin belt on top of your favorite cardigan will make it look as if your legs start from the waist. Don’t forget to place the belt on the thinnest part of your waist, as you’re shown in the photos and that will make you look taller.
The most important thing you need to know about creating optical illusions with belts is that you must not use the belt like you would normally do. Otherwise, it will only have the opposite effect!
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