Cinched in waists are making a comeback this winter with statement belts, corsets and nipped in garment styling.
For many body shapes doing a corset or belt just does not flatter the silhouette. That does not mean you need to forget this trend, you just need to adapt it to your body shape.
At VC we never like to put anyone in a box however, when it comes to the torso, female’s usually fall into one of three catagories.
- Curvaceous and narrow
- Full and round
Depending on your silhouette you need to consider what styling best suits you.
Curvaceous and Narrow:
Drawing attention to your slim waist is ideal.
Always take into consideration your vertical measurements! (more on that below)
Belts, buttons, corsets and vertical styling are best when accentuating your slim waist.
Glam Deluxe Style(Instagram), EziBuy, Veronica Maine, Glassons
You want to avoid adding extra width to your waist.
Belts that have angles and shape are best, avoid rectangular belts as these will emphasise the straightness of your torso.
EziBuy, EziBuy, Veronica Maine, ASOS
Full and Round:
Always take into consideration that any horizontal focus will draw attention to where you are full; avoid wearing a belt in a contrasting colour.
Opt for vertical styling and tops that create shape to the torso without a strong horizontal focus as these will give the illusion of a cinched in waist without drawing attention to a your width.
Vertical peplums, self tie belts and angled garments are best.
Veronica Maine, Veronica Maine, Katies, ASOS
TIP: No matter what your body shape is, never wear your belt/corset too tight! Not only is it a health risk but it can create a bad distraction.
Remember…always take your vertical measurements into consideration when adapting these rules. This is the measurement that determines if you are short or long in the torso in comparison to your lower body.
How To Wear A Belt If You Are;
Not ideal in belts as it can cut the torso off and make you look squatty in the upper body – if a “corset” style belt is worn it is best placed above your natural waistline. Alternatively, use styling tips for a straight torso.
Perfect, as a belt will elongate the lower body by drawing the focus upwards.
Even Body Balance:
Great! Wearing a “corset” style belt will help to un-even your body balance – just watch hem lengths in the lower body.
Don’t know your body shape or where you should finish hem lengths?