How to Wear a Belt Over a Sweater

First Lady Michelle Obama shows off the belted cardi look.

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Make that sweater work in fierce fashion by accessorizing it right. A sweater alone is sweet, but a belted sweater can be oh-so-chic. Wear a belt over a sweater to finish off your ensemble. You’ll be stepping out in high style with your waist cinched prettily into that hot hourglass shape.

Thin is In

Cinch a narrow belt around your waist to create an instant hourglass shape. Leather or metal, whatever the color, a belted waist is a svelte waist. Try a wrapped belt that encircles your waist twice for an even bigger impact. If the belt is too long, tuck in the end to make it look neat. Just make sure the belt hits your middle at the natural waistline for the best cinch effect.

Wide and Wild

It doesn’t get much more dramatic than a wide belt cinching your waistline. Make a fierce contrast between the sweater color and the belt to make it stand out impressively -- black never fails to make a big jolt. Have fun with the trendiest looks when you add a wide belt -- big buckles, fun prints or wild colors. Using a wide, swanky belt can amp up even the tamest sweater to give it a chic look. Don’t overlook those scarves hanging in your closet, either. Wrapping a scarf around your midsection can be red-hot and voguish.

Tame the Bulk

There’s no doubt a big chunky sweater will keep you warm and cozy -- but if you’re feeling lost inside all that bulk, bring a belt to the rescue. Wrap either a thin or a wide belt around your waist to accentuate your curves and define your shape.

Belted Cardis

Cardigans come in a huge variety of styles and textiles, from coarse, chunky and boxy to sleek, long and fitted. Whatever the cut and style of a cardigan, adding a belt will immediately create a tailored and defined look. Both thin and wide belts can coordinate with your cardi to create the look you crave.

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