Belts – How To Style As A Plus Sized Lady

Hello, I am very excited to be writing about belts today. As a plus sized lady myself, I have spent well over a decade figuring out how to step up my outfits without the luxury of having most brands fit my body or having access to many plus sized stores. I learned that accessories and layering flatters every body type, but each body type is flattered by different fabrics, colours and styles. We will cover this down below, but if you prefer watch the video instead of reading, that is perfectly okay as the video covers the same things.

That being said, there are some simple things you can do with a belt to change an outfit. The first of which is simply putting on a belt. It elevates the outfit by adding a new element and layer. On skirts and dresses, adding a belt to your waist can accentuate your waist.

On the topic of waists, your distance between your bottom rib and the top of your hip will change which belts you can wear comfortably. For ladies with a very small distance like myself, thin belts are the best way to go for two reasons. The first being maintaining mobility as putting a large structured belt over the little area that can bend. This makes sitting and lifting very uncomfortable. The second is to create the illusion of a longer distance between ribs and hip. Thin belts can make the waist seem taller.

That all being said, using thick belts can work if you want to use them if the fabric is very flexible should you want to use your belt as a statement piece in your outfit.

For ladies with a much longer distance between their bottom rib and the top of their hip, structured tall belts like corset belts and large leather belts can do wonders to pull your waist in and create a lovely hourglass shape for your body. Thin belts can still be worn, but ideally they would be wider than 2 inches.

Let’s talk masculine vs feminine belts. In the case you have a very feminine belt, let’s say very light in colour, delicate looking and ornate, it could go over a nice dark dress, but in the case you want to belt over a very feminine dress, try a more masculine belt. This adds a lovely amount of contrast to the outfit and introduces new elements. This is not a hard rule as belts are often very versatile, but a black belt on a white dress makes your waist more evident as well as giving a nice contrasting line to a bright outfit.


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Shopping for belts. A general rule I hold is that any belt I purchase should fit my hips, which guarantees it will also fit my waist, making one piece more versatile. If you do not own pants that sit at the hips that need to be belted, this rule does not apply to you, but in the case you wear jeans and dresses, having a simple leather belt you can wear in your jeans and also over a dress will save you money. As a general recommendation I would say one black leather and one natural or tan leather belt that can be worn in your belt loops as well as on your waist is always a good investment. Decorative belts often can’t do both due to limited strength, width and very large and decorative fronts. That is okay. You can have as many fun belts as you like.

I really love talking about style and I am so happy to be writing this. In combination with filming videos about style, this project has been incredibly fun for me. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below!

Author: Eva Blakeman

A graphic designer, who happens to be an ironworker, who makes YouTube videos, also writes this blog. Writing is my favourite thing to do, so keep an eye out, because the next post is just around the corner.

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