I've always thought belts on plus size girls was a total no-no. Just like tucking shirts in! But you wear belts a lot and so I was just wondering if there are any rules or advice to follow for wearing one.
Thanks! And you look so cute.
I thought the same thing you did for a long time - that I couldn't wear a belt without drawing attention to my stomach rolls and hips. Wrong! Belts create curves and add shapeliness to any body type!
The key is to find a belt that proportionally fits your body. I don't look my best in super skinny belts, and I tend to think many plus size women will find that to be true for them as well. I think of it like this: On my body, with my surface area, a belt has to be substantial enough to hold its own or its impact will be completely lost. This is, of course, not a hard and fast rule so be sure to try a skinny belt out for yourself.
I like the way a medium-width or wide belt look on my figure. When cinched right around my rib cage, which is the narrowest part of my torso, a belt defines my waist and makes me look more balanced. Belts are essential for a plus size woman who doesn't want to appear too boxy, or who wants to wear flowy tops & dresses.
If you're just starting a belt collection, I recommend buying a reversible leather version first. It's like two belts (black on one side, brown on the other) in one. Then branch out into various colors and textures - red, stretchy, metal, etc. Once you start buying belts, you'll be amazed at how easily they incorporate into your wardrobe!
You can find belts in sizes 14+ at most plus sized retailers these days, including Torrid, Lane Bryant, and Target. Here are a few of my favorites: