necessity of boldly belting


Okay, I feel like I’ve been talking about weather a lot on this blog lately, but it’s really hard to keep up with these temperature changes! So, today’s look is once again in the “warmer weather” category. I pulled out my favorite “I’m dreaming of a vacation” skirt. This skirt reminds me of Venice with it’s beautiful sketched print, and honestly, who doesn’t love dreaming of vacation??

I decided to get all sorts of snazzy today by belting my skirt in a new way. I know, seriously, call the presses, the Fashion Huntress belts in a new way! But seriously, the skirt is a bit big and I decided that I would put off altering it by belting the fabric lower on the skirt. I actually really liked the effect; necessity is the mother of invention, right? I thrifted this skirt, hence the slightly big fit. I could take it in…but let’s face it, I’ll probably wear it a few more times like this before I get around to doing that!


I kept the look simple with a black top, black and white pumps and my necklace from Africa.


Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($12 marked down from approx $40)

Skirt: Allison Taylor ($16 marked down from approx $70 via consignment)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)

Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $25)

Necklace: gift from Africa


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I love consignment and thrifting, especially when I have the time to really look around. Of course, consignment and thrift stores do not have multiples sizes of each piece they have. Thus, you may have to get creative with the fit of a piece. I always ask myself the following questions when I have some sizing concerns with a piece: Can I belt this? Can I do a basic (keyword here = basic) alteration on this? Is the fit close enough that I could wear it without make any changes? If I can answer yes to all of those questions, then I generally get the piece in question. If something is just too far off in terms of sizing, it’s generally not worth any amount of money, especially if you won’t wear it in the end!

2) When wearing something with a very bold print, I like to keep the rest of the outfit simple. Here’s how I last wore this skirt.

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This look was a bit more romantic with the ankle strap heels and button down sweater. This time, I opted for a bit more edgy with the black and white patterned shoes and the belting. Both looks, however, are simple in terms of the color pairing to allow the skirt to be the stand-out piece.

By the way, notice how here I did not belt the skirt because with the sweater tucked in, the skirt fit just fine.

Anyone else sporting their favorite transitional outfits right now? What about belting? Are there really that many ways to belt clothes, because I’m thinking there are way more ways than I have thought of- any suggestions?

Thanks for visiting, readers! I love your reading your comments!!

53 replies to “necessity of boldly belting

  1. Really love the skirt! And love how you wore it both times. As the weather gets cooler you could wear it with tights. Great necklace selection! DSW is the best… fantastic sale!

  2. I am such a fan of belts. Like, I kind of wear them with everything, even things that probably don’t really need a belt. Haha I blame it on my ridiculously curve-less body – belts usually help me “cheat” a little bit. Actually, I just added a belt to my new favorite thrifted skirt and I think I’m even more in love with it now, if that’s possible.
    I’m really loving those shoes by the way! They really remind me of the J. Crew Etta pumps that I’ve been lusting over for the past few months.

    j. parker

    1. I belt everything too! Though generally it’s because I got something that’s a bit like a mumu. For real, wait until you see the vintage dress I’m going to post. It’s legit a mumu from the 60s and needs a belt or it’s really confusing looking. Sigh…and I love J Crew shoes. The Etta pumps are completely fab! xo

  3. I’m going to Italy NOW…because of your skirt. Don’t I wish. I have done some pretty crazy things to make something fit (staples, bobby pins, need I go on) when I don’t have time to get my sewing machine out, so belting in a different spot? Excellent.

    1. Haha! Me too…tape, hair pins…the list goes on. …which is funny because I can sew, but in the morning, I’m normally thinking, “oh look, this belt will solve this problem” and then walk out the door! Let’s face it, it’s all about time saving. If I can get dressed and still make it to Starbucks, it’s a good morning.

  4. i am absolutely in love with your skirt 😀 hoping i could find something similar too 🙂 (though i’ve never really worn skirts ever) 😛 hehe .. and it looks fab with the black top :

  5. Yes I find I end up talking so much about the weather! That skirt is gorgeous. I’m in love with prints at the moment. I have too many solids that I’m craving a little fun to break it all up 🙂

  6. I try to belt everything! It’s sort of a sickness. Anthropologie always has great belts – I snagged a couple from the sale section last week. The skirt is great both ways – such a fun print!

  7. I JUST started getting into belting so this post was helpful. I always thought that having a shorter frame meant a belt would look stupid on me, but its just the opposite! It gives me the appearance of more length.Yesterday I belted a satin-like plaid shirt over leggings and boots. I got a lot of compliments 🙂

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