Out of all the accoutrements known to womankind, the belt is one of the most-often overlooked. Such a shame, really, since a belt can make or break an outfit. A belt can accentuate an hourglass figure or add some much-needed curves to an otherwise boyish frame. A prime option for both daywear and evening wear, check these two renderings of the long piece of leather, as styled on Twilight's Ashley Greene and celebutante Kim Kardashian. The two stars have very different figures, and it's fitting that they show us two successfully sophisticated ways to style a leather belt.
Last weekend, Twilight's Ashley Greene hosted Super Saturday 13 in a white dress by PureDKNY, cinched with a nude-coloured skinny leather belt. The look is simple and easy-to-achieve: Ashley Greene accessorized her LWD with Marie Todd gold leaf earrings, a Sandy Leong cuff and ring, and she anchored her look with nude-coloured platform sandals and a skinny belt. Greene's figure is slender, but not without muscle. Note how the skinny belt adds shape to her slim frame, without looking like it's too much.
On the other hand, check Keeping Up with the Kardashians Kim Kardashian. No stranger to the Hamptons, the petite "reality" starlet stopped to shop at Super Saturday 13. Her outfit of choice? A va-va-voom cowl-neck off-white blouse and bright coral skirt. She highlighted her hourglass figure by complementing the shirt and skirt with a thick nude-coloured belt and peep-toe pumps. The thick, light-hued belt automatically draws your eyes to Kardashian's waist. A skinny belt would not have the same affect; Kardashian's thick belt acts to accentuate and balance out her curves.
So which do you prefer, and more importantly, do you know which type of belt best suits your body shape? Finding your own personal style and dressing to put your best figure forward is no overnight affair; it can take months — natch that, even years — to develop and decide which looks and which styles of clothing supremely suit your body and personality. That being said, I like to think that celebrities and stars, — even the ones who work with a personal stylist, — go through a similar style evolution whilst searching out and honing their unique look. So whether you decide your figure is best highlighted with a skinny belt or thick belt, remember this: Stay true to yourself and what you feel looks good — that's how you'll amplify your personal best.