2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to wear belts with skirts; you may also want to check out our recent advice on how to stop skirts from twisting around, as well as some of our recently recommended belts.
What are some good guidelines for choosing belts to wear with skirts to work? Reader S wonders…
I’d love it if you could do a round up or a how to wear belts with skirts. I love the look of belts with skirts and I’m not really sure how to pick which width to go with or to coordinate colors.
We’ve talked about wearing belts— as well as the closely-related question of when to tuck — before, but not specifically with skirts. I’ll be honest here: I’m not much of a tucker myself, so I don’t often wear belts with skirts. Pencil skirt plus fitted pullover plus blazer equals outfit. Fit and flare skirt plus fitted cardigan equals outfit. I have a lot more fun, in general, with other accessories. If a skirt doesn’t fit at the waist, I am much more likely to get it tailored than I am to try to hold it up with a belt.
So I’m curious to hear what other readers say regarding wearing belts with skirts. I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules — just guidelines to play around with. Some thoughts:
- If you’re tucking, you don’t have to have a belt, but it can be a nice touch. I would suggest the belt has more to do with your body type than the outfit, though — this article from Glam Radar may be helpful reading.
- A skirt with belt loops is rare, but then you should match the belt to the size of the belt loops. Even then I’d say you don’t HAVE to wear a belt if you aren’t tucking, but that’s me. (The version pictured at top is Hugo Boss; a more affordable option is this ASOS skirt.)
- A high waisted skirt can look great with a skinny belt. Go with a silky blouse (like the one pictured at right) or — if you dare — a bodysuit to get a streamlined look. (Here are a few bodysuits that might possibly work for work.) There are a lot of fun cropped sweaters this season that would also perhaps look nice with a high-waisted skirt — but I think it’s best to avoid the crop top for the office. (Ladies, what do you wear with high-waisted skirts?) Pictured: Black Halo’s high-waisted pencil skirt, available exclusively online; ShopBop also has a few colors.
- Self-belts: A skirt that has a self-belt also looks nice with a tucked look. See, for example, the Akris Punto belted look, at left. (Here’s a similar style from the Limited.)
Ladies — particularly those of you who frequently tuck — what are your suggestions with belts, and how to wear them with skirts? Do you think there are any rules?
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