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Belts Accent The Waistline While Providing Functionality
Nothing transforms an outfit from day to evening like the right accessories. A simple black dress looks office appropriate with low heels and a silk scarf, but pair it with heeled boots and heaps of coordinating gold and silver chains and it becomes a date-night dress. Belts help any style make the transition from day to evening but also add polish to suits and separates. Depending on their style and shape, belts can create the illusion of a curvier waistline or highlight a slim hourglass shape. Belts can go as casual or as dressy as the occasion demands, and Sears has hundreds of exciting possibilities.
The taste for western style never falls out of fashion entirely, but it's enjoying a revival currently. Classic leather belts, braided or embossed and embellished with silver-tone fittings, look straight out of the old west when worn with a faded and weathered pair of jeans and a simple chambray shirt. New western style owes as much to Dallas as to Dodge City and features an emphasis on sparkle and shine; try a big bold belt buckle with rhinestones and studs to put a little modern country style into any outfit.
Belts can also add a contemporary edge to feminine vintage styles, keeping these sweet silhouettes from feeling too girlish. A broad black belt in a modern material like latex, vinyl or elastic toughens up a pretty pink dress with a full skirt, giving this classic style an instant update. Give suits and dresses that include a coordinating belt a new twist with a contrasting belt. Adapt a casual style to give a dressier look a more relaxed feel.
Belts can also take an outfit in the other direction and dress up a casual style. A sundress that went well with a pair of sandals and a wide-brimmed hat at the company picnic becomes a more formal evening look with the addition of a slim metallic belt, strappy heels, and a showy scarf. Skinny belts with metal accents make a pair of jeans just a little dressier, too. Matching accessories tend to make an outfit look more formal as well, but mix textures and proportions to keep things looking up to date. A black leather belt embossed with a crocodile pattern might be a good partner to black patent leather pumps, for example.
Sears' collection of belts adds a new dimension to an existing wardrobe or extra versatility to new pieces. Opening up fashion options with an array of new belts is almost like having a host of new looks, but without the necessary additional closet space.