Hi Nina! Can I ask you a question? :) How do you know whether to tuck a shirt into a skirt or to leave it un tucked? And how do you know whether or not it will look good to wear a belt with a certain outfit? I'm trying to branch out with my outfits, but I don't know how to style them. Any tips? :)
Thanks for asking, Shaynie! I'm a big fan of experimentation-- when I get dressed in the morning, I tuck, untuck, try one belt and then another. That said, I do have a few rules of thumb that make putting similar outfits together a snap. Here are a few ideas that I've found work for me!
I. When leaving a shirt untucked, keep the bottom half sleek and slimmer than the shirt. Volume on top looks lovely with narrow lines on the bottom.
The green belt unites two disparate patterns; the wide black belt does the same while reigning in a voluminous top; the wide silver belt cinches in the volume of both the top and the skirt; and the studded belt adds a textural element and brings in a color that repeats in the necklace and shoes. The skirt in pictures 2 and 4 is the same: in the first, belted at the top with a voluminous blouse, and in the second, belted lower with a slimmer-fitting tee. You can use belts to wear the same piece quite differently.
V. One of my favorite tricks is to use a wide belt to raise the waistline of a skirt that otherwise sits lower on my hips.
Whew, what a long-winded response to your question! I hope this little experiment was helpful to you, Shaynie, and anyone entering the wonderful figure-enhancing world of tucking and belting. These seven commandments are just some trends I noticed when going through my blog posts.
Can you add to my list? When do you tuck and/or belt-- and when do you let it all hang out?