To Add A Belt Or Not To Add A Belt

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I love belts, countless times they have helped me have a ‘waist,’ and other times, they have given shape to my shapeless dresses.  But because a belt can also make or break an outfit, it is better to style it properly.  Characteristics such as the width, color, pattern, material, style, and length of the belt need to be considered when styling any casual or dressy ensemble.  And as always, a person’s torso length, waist size and height will determine which belt accentuates their specific body shape the best.

YOUR BODY’S PROPORTIONS: Wide belts will shorten a long torso, and look best when added to long dresses.  If you have a short torso, a wide belt will take up the majority of your torso, and shrink the distance between your chest and hips.  So sticking to thinner belts is probably the best option.

SHIFT DRESSES: Whenever I find a shift dress that I love, like the one on today’s post, I always try a few thin belts on.  This dress comes with its own belt, and I removed it to add a metallic copper one.  Not only does it add a visual interest to the dress, it gives me the hourglass silhouette.  I know that not adding the belt makes me look a bit shapeless – but I still enjoy the loose look, and wear it often.  It really just depends on the look you want to wear!

MATCHING:  You always have the option of matching your belt to your shoes, but you don’t have to.  The bucket bag that I picked out for this look has a gold o-ring that goes well with the belt.  Matching simply makes you look polished and put together.

Let’s see both ways below! 😉

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Floral Dress | Summer ’16

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Dress: FOREVER 21 / Hat: FOREVER 21 / Necklace: FOREVER 21

Boho Chic | Floral Dress

I couldn’t be more in love with an outfit!  If you want to channel your inner gypsy exotic persona or if you are feeling like the queen of boho-chic… read on!  A long floral dress and a felt floppy hat are a few essential pieces you need when crafting these outfits.  These pieces will also maximize your wardrobe’s versatility.  I recently ended up at Forever 21 where they have a huge selection of bohemian-styled dresses.  The nature-inspired print, plunging neckline, v-back, and the way the entire dress flows as you walk made me love this one!!  (Floral Print Maxi Dress, $27.90).  If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I wore this last Saturday to a friend’s babyshower.  


To complete the outfit I wore a floppy hat which adds the perfect boho flair to it.  (Floppy Hat, $19.90).  What I love about this hat is that it isn’t huge, and that the color complements the dress perfectly.  (Felt hats can be worn in the winter, so you can get a lot of use out of one!).  And did you notice the layered charm gold necklace that I have on?  When it comes to bohemian jewelry, the key is to find earth toned pieces, a statement necklace, or any layered necklace.  

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What about the footwear?  A great option is to pair the outfit with wedges, gladiator sandals or knee-high gladiators.  If you live in a city where the temperatures are still a bit cool, you can add an oversized scarf, wrap a pashmina around your shoulders, wear a denim or fringe vest, or ankle booties.  Don’t miss these beautiful floral dresses: Floral Maxi Dress – Lace-Up Maxi Dress – Floral M-Slit Maxi Dress – Rose Print Maxi Dress – Floral Ruffle Maxi Dress.  Which is your favorite?

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