To Belt or Not To Belt – Dressing For Your Shape


This Maggy London dress is from Ross; I bought on clearance. I like it for many reasons: the color, the geometric-shape print and the style! The cut of the dress is similar to a caftan; in other words it has no shape. As you can see the dress is fun and vibrant, but it swallows me.


That’s where the belt comes in! The difference is drastic as you can see. The belt defines my waist and accentuates my rear end; which is important to me I want to do anything to enhance my backside!


The ruching (gathering of material) along the neckline and across the breast ads weight and enhances my top half creating balance due to the weight of the dress at the bottom.


I am obsessed with this dress!!!!! It is flattering, fun and perfect for my sister’s wedding in May!


I accessorized this look by adding a pop of turquoise, it isn’t anywhere in the dress, but compliments the pinks purples and black. I kept it sharp and simple with a silver cuff and my watch along with hoop earrings and black wedge sandals. I finished the look with my black H&M oversized tote!

To belt or not to belt that was the question…the dress is fun but clearly needs a belt to help flatter my shape! It is something that can be added to most looks, try belting one of your maxi’s and see the difference you will be surprised!

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About Tylar

I am all about women knowing who they are, finding their own individual style, and not spending a lot of money doing so.  I believe in creating looks that are timeless yet practical and consistent with your own personality. I live to shop the clearance racks! I truly believe It’s not what you wear but how you wear it. Not one of us were created to look the same, so what looks good on one woman might not look good on another. So when shopping for yourself, it is crucial to know what looks good on you. Knowing what works on your shape can make the difference from an ordinary outfit to ex-ordinary. I think we should go through life giving it all we have and I apply this ideology when dressing myself. I know from my own experience that when having a not so good day I know that if I put on a nice dress or fun sassy top, I can guarantee that what ever sour mood I might have felt before starts to slip away when I slip into the clothes. First impressions are lasting so why not always try to look your best you never know who you might meet! These are all approaches I take when building my wardrobe, or getting dressed on a daily basis.

As far as about me as a person to share some insight with you. I clearly LOVE clothes. I but what I love more than the clothes themselves is how I feel when wearing certain outfits. I also LOVE to style for other people. I get such an amazing feeling when I have helped someone select an outfit that they feel good in. Or sometimes what is better than that for me is dressing someone in something they would never choose for their self and they end up loving it. Although I do love clothes I do not believe in spending a lot of money to look and feel good. I get a thrill out shopping clearance. The price tag does not define the worth of an item to me. What makes it worth it for me is how it makes me feel and knowing that I paid half the cost and still look GREAT!