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You're probably accustomed to belting heavier fabrics like brocade dresses or wool coats, but when it comes to more supple materials, cinching the waist can be a bit confusing. Whether you're a fan of skinny or super-wide belts, go for it -- emphasizing your waistline while you're wearing even the softest blouse is perfectly acceptable.
For a more refined, delicate style -- particularly if your blouse is incredibly thin or delicate -- opt for a thin belt worn high. Imagine you've donned a gauzy white blouse with a stand-up collar and poet's sleeves. Pull on a pair of charcoal straight-leg jeans and step into black boots. Wrap a thin black belt around your natural waistline, where your torso is narrowest. Leave your blouse untucked and your look is complete.
Play a bit of a visual trick when you're dealing with a blouse that's simply too slinky or delicate to hold a belt. Tuck your blouse into your pants or skirt -- choose a waistband with a rise that hits where you'd like your belt to be, whether high-waisted or low-slung. Visualize yourself in a pair of black, high-waisted trousers with skinny belt loops -- you've tucked in a lavender-hued, slinky, short-sleeve blouse. Wrap a silver-hued belt that's just wider than your waistband over your waistband so it just overlaps your shirt. You'll achieve the look you want, without the slippage.
Put on a super-wide belt when you're in the mood to make a statement. These belts can be baffling since they're too wide to slide through belt loops, but this makes them ideal for sweaters and blouses. Imagine you're wearing a flowy pink, peasant-style blouse. Pull on a pair of light blue flared jeans, leaving your top untucked. Cinch your waist with an extra-wide brown leather belt and pop your feet into brown strappy sandals. It's that easy.
So you're wearing a tunic-length blouse over a pair of leggings: Throw on a low-slung belt to add extra kick to your outfit without losing the comfort. Unlike high-waisted belts that often slip throughout the day, a low-slung belt has nowhere to fall. Envision yourself in a silky tunic blouse with an all-over coral and cream floral print worn over black leggings. Wear a low-slung black belt around your hips with the buckle positioned slightly off-center. Step into black booties for the finishing touch.