March 24, 2013

Quick Tip: Belting Out Color

It may still feel like winter out, but spring is (technically) here. Now is a great time to start introducing some color into your outfit and break out of the grey of winter. Sometimes it's best to start small and a belt is a fantastic way to do just that.

Belt from Gap; Denim by Uniqlo

For this post I have paired the belts with coordinating pants, but don’t be afraid to mix it up and experiment with color combinations. Cotton web belts are a little more casual, while ribbon belts can be a bit dressier.

Belt by Nautica; Cords by Gant Rugger

What makes a belt the perfect way to introduce color is that it is a small enough pop that it won’t overwhelm the outfit. Also, if you are just starting to test out the color waters a belt allows you to show as little or as much as you want simply by tucking or untucking your shirt.

Belt by J Crew; Chinos by Gant Rugger

Unless it is a dress belt, I always wear the buckle to the left of center. I’ve been doing it for so many years I can’t remember why I decided to start but I really like the look of it.

Belt by Nautica; Chinos by AllSaints

The nice thing is that belts are relatively inexpensive, which makes them an easy purchase to add some variety to your wardrobe, much like the colored laces that I’ve mentioned in a previous post.

Belt (women's) thrifted; Denim by 7 For All Mankind

The belts in this post are all of the d-ring variety, but there are dozens of options across the style, color, and price spectrum to make it easy to find one to suit any purpose. With spring collections in stores now and the summer lines only a few months away, your options for colorful belts are plentiful.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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