Belt Up this Summer!

15 Jul

No – this is not a campaign for car safety – however, I will say that only total idiots drive around without wearing a seat belt – be good  🙂

This post is instead about the wonder that is….THE BELT! After a recent session with a fantastic Dubai-based stylist (Natalie Trevis: www.stylephilesdubai.com) I have re-kindled my love for those little waist-defining straps. So which belts are hot (or not!) this summer?

Gucci OBI Belt – S/S’11

There’s a big trend this season for OBI belts….but I’m not a fan. The Obi is a traditional Japanese belt, used to keep the Kimono wrapped around the body. It’s very hard for a normal, curvy, not 7-foot tall woman to look good with such a wide block around her waist. Here are a few of the designer Obis on display this season….but personally, I’d steer clear unless you are a super model! Besides, they have a tendancy to look like you nicked your nan’s curtain ties…

Carolina Herrera OBI Belt – S/S’11

Paul & Joe OBI Belt S/S’11

There were also a lot of Bow Belts on the runway for Spring Summer 2011 – now these, I like!

Haider Ackermann Bow Belt – S/S’11

Phillip Lim Bow Belt – S/S’11

 

 

Valentino Bow Belt – S/S’11

The bow belt is a trend you can work to fit your size, style and mood. It can be classic and delicate as we see with Valentino – or making a statement a la Marc Jacobs or Haider Ackermann. The high street took this trend and ran with it – so take advantage of the sales! Here are a few high street brand Bow Belts:

French Connection Bow Belt

 

Warehouse Bow Belt

The classic brown/nude belt is a wardrobe staple – here’s what we saw on the runway for spring summer 2011:

Banana Republic Brown Belt – S/S’11

Lanvin Brown Belt – S/S’11

Tory Burch Nude Belt – S/S’11

 The key for your brown/nude belt is quality – make sure it’s leather and that the buckle suits the tone of the leather. And if you have such a belt at home but find it’s too big – get more holes put into it at your local shoe/key cutting store. And finally….the double wrap belt: 

Akris Double Wrap Belt

Chapurin Double Wrap Belt

The great thing about belts is that you can have fun with them! I was looking for a silvery/blue belt to dress up my wardrobe of grey, blue and black when I came across this sparkly little number by Banana Republic – and I love it!

Kay Bruce – Silver/Blue Banana Republic Belt

K xx

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