While not all women feel confident about pulling off a red dress, every woman can use a red belt.
If your wardrobe is full of black and neutral colors (which seems to be the case for most women), a red belt will brighten your style while keeping you in your comfort zone. A red belt works particularly well with black and white polka dots and stripes, as shown above.
Polka dots and stripes are both in. It's even trendier to mix them. Don't you think they are a perfect match?
The striped capri jeans shown above originally came as full-length skinny jeans in the spring. I had them converted into capris not only for the arrival of summer, but also for my discovery that vertical stripes are not as flattering on skinny jeans as they are on straight-leg pants (see one of my previous posts, www.crystaltai.com/node/11, for a detailed explanation).
If you like vertical stripes on your skinny jeans or leggings, get them in mid-calf length because in this case the stripes won't follow the more or less outwardly-curved contours of the entire calves. As stated in the post mentioned above, vertical stripes need to stay straight to exert effective influence.
Back to our discussion of red belts: do you know what's the most flattering about the wide belt in the two photos above? Look at how it tapers from its thickest center to both sides. This cummerbund-like shape draws attention to the center while the sides are thin enough to avoid hitting the peaks of the ribs above or the hip bones below.
Another plus: the thickest center of the belt covers the stomach (I mean the organ), so your stomach won't look protruded after you eat. Better yet, if you have it on while eating, it will restrict you from overeating.
For those who are trying to lose weight, such a wide belt will certainly be helpful. Below is how it trims the waist of a size 16 lady.
Many plus-size women only use black belts, but in fact a red belt in the right shape can accentuate their curves even more. The photo above is proof!
How about petite women? I disagree with numerous other fashion writers who advise petite women to use thin belts. I'm absolutely sure that a cummerbund-like leather or faux leather belt can flatter a petite woman.
A case in point: while I'm NOT really petite, given 5'3" (160 cm) as the border between petite and regular, my high leg-to-body ratio makes me wear regular-inseam pants and jeans but petite tops, and you've seen how that wide belt flatters my short waist! It actually also elongates my short torso because slimming and lengthening tend to go hand in hand in terms of optical effects.
If such a wide, bright red belt appears too showy for your conservative taste, you can pick one about an inch and a half wide like what's shown in the photo below, which doesn't flatter my torso as much as the cummerbund-like belt does but looks fine.
Just DON'T EVER get a belt thinner than an inch unless you are a size 0 or a tall size 2! Skinny belts are only meant for super skinny women, because a skinny belt should NEVER be tightened---any little bit of fat you may have will get squeezed above and below it if you cinch it tight. What if you just keep it loose? Then the thin horizontal line will create a visual effect of expansion, making your waist look wider!
A red skinny belt will be worse than skinny belts in other colors because it attracts more attention. By the same token, the eye-catching nature of red will make a waist-trimming belt even more slimming.
Definitely, get a red belt in the right style for a pop of color this summer. You'll thank me for it!