If there was a magic wand that can give you an instant waist, would you want to know about it?
I’m sure you would.

Especially if this item is most likely in your closet collecting dust.

Belts are one of the most underrated accessories and not because you can’t find one you like but because you most likely, without offending your fashion intelligence, haven’t been taught to wear it for your body type.

First of all belts are used for fashion and function. Let’s talk about function, first. Whatever your body type, you most likely wear pants with loop holes. Adorn the waist band with a belt and you’ll not only hold up your pants but you’ll give your outfit the perfect personalized finishing touch.

Now let’s talk about waist belts. Don’t run away yet. You can discover your shape here so you’ll know what’s the flattering point on your torso to wear a belt.

If you’re the JLo or Beyoncé body type (pear shaped)… 

Your styling challenge is to make your waist looks slimmer. You’re so lucky to have such beautiful curves and a belt on the waist will highlight your assets.

 Here’s a stylist tip: If you can place two hands under your bust and above your belly button it means you have a shorter waistline and a  mid-width belt such as the Midi Wrap Belt will look stunning on you.  And if you can put three hands between your bust and belly button than you have a longer waistline and a classic wrap belt will be one of the best belts for because it will give your waist an illusion of looking slimmer. Magic want, right?

If you’re petite…

You can wear a midi or wider belt but the wider the belt the more you want to match the belt with your dress. Belts will cinch your waist and accentuate your curves in a way that will make you look slimmer and look taller!

These accessories make the outfit belts

If you’re the Catherine Zeta-Jones or Adele Body type (apple-shaped)…

If you happen to be apple-shaped, and you gain weight in your mid-section you need broad belts and wear them under your bust to create an illusion of a slender waist; skip belts around the hips. You’re thinking, but what about a jean belt. Go for a higher waisted jean to tuck in tummy and use a jean belt it to create an illusion of waist line. So simple!

If you have the Selma Hayek or Scarlett’s Johannson Body type (hourglass)…
You are part of the 8% of women and have the “ideal silhouette” and a belt will emphasize your beautiful curves. Use a belt to accentuate your slim waist and look confident when you walk into a room.

If you have the Selma Hayek or Scarlett’s Johannson Body type (hourglass)…

You are part of the 8% of women and have the “ideal silhouette” and a belt will emphasize your beautiful curves. Use a belt to accentuate your  slim waist and look confident when you walk into a room.

If you have the Angelina Joli or Jennifer Garner Body type (wedge shape)…

Your bust or shoulders are wider than your hips. Bringing more volume to your hips with a jean belt or wrap belt tied lower over a tunic or over jeans will … voila … create an illusion of a smaller waist.

See how that works? You’ve got volume in one part of your body,  you use a belt to balance out another part of your body.

If you have the Cameron Diaz Body type (rectangle shape)…

Your body type is proportional straight up and down and don’t have a defined waist. But guess what a belt will do? Yes, create an illusion of a waist line.  You will feel like a beautiful and feminine goddess in a cinche. Literally.

You want to place the belt right between your bust and bellybutton. If you have a small area to work with, use a slimmer belt such as this skinny belts or match your belt color to your top for wider belts, if you have a long torso you can use a wider belt or even belt with a jean belt for a cool edgy look.

As you can see everybody can wear a belt. Experiment with one today and take a selfie before and after and see what this magical waist creating wand will do for your figure and confidence.

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