Fashion Essential: Skinny Belts

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

--By Kim Moshtaghi

CC Skye Gold Braided Belt
CC Skye Gold Braided Belt

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Skinny belts are a small accessory with a large impact. As dainty as they are, skinny belts accentuate the waist, give an outfit a burst of color and help tie an outfit together. Eva Mendes is one celebrity who knows how to wear belts appropriately, especially the skinny belt. She wears the belt with high waist pencil skirts-- a subtle look. Skinny belts also go lovely with cardigans, dresses, Capris, collared shirts and many other items in your closet.

Skinny belts add texture to an outfit without feeling or looking bulky-- making it perfect for layering! Thicker belts are fun and fashionable too, but are harder to layer with, and not as classy and professional as thinner belts. Thicker belts take over and outfit, while thinner belts pull the look together and add sophistication. It’s a great idea to have a few different skinny belts on hand-- they are great for work.

Ah… the classic tortoise print is my first choice. J.Crew gave me a nice fuzzy feeling when I saw this Skinny Tortoise Patent-Leather Belt. Not only is the tortoise shell print timeless, but this skinny belt will cinch your waist and give you office glamour. One of my favorite things about tortoise print is how diverse it is. It’s an even more practical version of leopard, with the same sass level.

Belgo Lux Skinny Woven Belt
Belgo Lux Skinny Belt

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Speaking of sass, CC Skye never jokes when it comes to embracing sexiness! Singer 22 has this wonderful CC Skye Gold Braided Belt that would make the Little Mermaid jealous! Wrap it once or twice to show off the blingy links. This would look best worn loosely around a v-neck dress, or some cute shorts. When I use the word “love” it’s because it’s an item that can be used for multi-purposes. The CC Skye belt can be a great substitute belt for the boring trench coat belt. I’m already thinking ahead for fall, and during these hard times, I expect $475 to work for me for a while.

Not everyone loves chains and tortoise, so for you I have a braided belt. Who doesn’t like braids? Braids remind me of two words: youth and playful. It may sound far off and random, but it makes twisted sense. This woven belt is a perfect blend of chic and playful, just what we all need. The Belgo Lux Skinny Woven Belt is hip, yet more conservative then my other picks. It’s got that young, na├»ve quality to it, like a child.

Be youthful or daring; just wrap your waist in one of these skinny belts.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.