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All hail the metallic belt!

Written by Erena Te Paa on October 27th, 2011.      0 comments

Cinching of belts – particularly big wide black belts was a huge trend a few seasons back (and in some cases it still is).  Sure, I like to indulge in a cinched belt from time to time but not every frame shape suits a big wide belt and not everyone wants a big belt around their middle – no less a black one.

So gradually I started to notice a new trend hitting the catwalks and I had to jump on this wagon.  The thin silver belt (or metallic belt) combines a dash of sparkle and a dollop of subtlety which a lot of the wider darker belts lacked.  The beauty of this accessory is that you don’t need the belt to be super-wide to create interest – just a hint of silver on a light garment or a bright garment can make all the difference, and what’s more it works on printed frilly numbers or structured sophisticated pieces. 

In fact, before you start thinking its too young or too sparkly etc, everyone from Michelle Obama to Jessica Alba is riding this wave and from where I’m sitting it’s a sure fire winner for your Summer wardrobe.  Think of it as ‘a nice touch’ rather than a ‘bold statement’.  And while I remember, if anyone happened to be watching the Fair Go Ad Awards on TV ONE last night (Wed) you may have seen Ali Mau rocking her own version of the silver belt and I thought her outfit looked just fab!

So I guess that leaves just one thing – a trip downtown or for those of us who like to let our fingers do the walking – check out Shopstyle for some added inspiration.

As if that’s not enough!...

Katie Holmes uses a simple thin silver belt to offset this lovely Calvin Klein number.

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Stylish mum of two - Jessica Alba opts for a barely there belt to tie this tonal look together

This shiny belt adds to the whimsy of this teen lace fairy dress

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And last but by no means least, the impeccable Michelle Obama charms with a touch of bling to her belt

For some other great examples check out Jody's colourblocking pics too!



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