Belts represent the perfect way to add some color to your outfit or to emphasize certain parts of your body. Moreover, a well-chosen belt can totally transform a dull look into a chic, elegant, even spectacular one, as long as you know how to match it and especially what model suits you the most. For fall/winter 2010-2011, belts can be worn in so many different ways, with various items, from knits to fur and winter coats.

Traditionally, the belt was used to emphasize a woman's waist. However, nowadays, a simple accessory like belt can be worn even under the bust or on the hips. An old fashion rule says that a belt should be matched with the shoes and the handbag. Still, due to the wide range of models and colors available on the market, you can easily break this rule and create your own stylish combinations. In order to keep up with the trends, here's a fall/winter 2010-2011 belts style guide.

Thin and fine are the best words describing the belt trends this season. They are the right option when wanting to add a retro touch to your look. You have a myriad of different colors, but predominant seem to be the classic ones, such as black, brown or beige. Wear them over cardigans, blazers, masculine shirts, and even winter coats and fur.

The belt has become an irreplaceable accessory. This season, you can wear a thin belt, which is the ultimate star for fall/winter 2010-2011, and wear it in a modern twist as many designers have used this technique, such as John Galliano, Nina Ricci, Fendi, and Hermes. This is one trend that can add an effortless, relaxed touch to your look, but still maintain a stylish, rather elegant feeling.



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A bow seems to represent the perfect choice when one wants to reflect the most feminine and romantic, even the girly side of her personality. For a total ladylike look, choose a velvet or satin belt and match it to your '70s high-waisted flared pants and a breezy blouse. In fact, the secret stands in the type of pants you choose, which should always have a high waist when worn like this. You'll get a eye-catching, genuine look. Moreover, you can also make a sweet bow over a winter coat.

One of the hottest trends for fall/winter 2010-2011 is the thin belt worn over chunky knits. For example, you can try a very simple, yet very effective combination with a knitted dress, tights and a belt over. In order to play with layering, you can add a cardigan over the dress.


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Another accessible way to upgrade your fall look is to add a belt over a blazer. For a daytime, casual outfit and even for an office look, you can wear a blazer with a belt over and a pair of jeans, pants, or a pencil skirt. For the working girl outfit, remember to do up your blazer! On the other hand, you can leave the blazer undone for an effortless appearance, but add a belt over. In order to draw the attention with a unique look, you should choose the belt in a bright, contrasting color.

For the cold, snowy winter days, women are not only looking for warm and coziness, but also for style and elegance. It seems that the best way to stay stylish this winter is to add a belt over a winter coat or a fur. You can also add a leather belt over a leather jacket. Simple, yet very practical and style boosting. However, keep in mind that oversized belts are "out" even when it comes to coats. Therefore, invest in a high-quality, leather belt. You can choose one in a classic color and use it to create different outfits.



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