Wearing a Belt When Short Waisted

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I do not consider myself a “rule breaker” when it comes to pushing the fashion envelope, but when I read some articles regarding what I should and should not wear as a short waisted woman, especially when it comes to belts, I want to slap someone silly.

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I used to really be ashamed of my short waisted frame and hiding this particular feature was something I was hyper focused on every time I would get dressed.  With so many wonderful things my body has done for me, I am no longer afraid to show the fact that I have no waist to speak of.  It is most apparent to me since my most recent health issue and going through hip surgery.  My body is strong, my body gets me from place to place, my body is something I am no longer taking for granted and I appreciate every inch of it.

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One article I recently read actually said “wide belts are the enemy of short waisted women”.  Really, the enemy?!!  Others claim that only skinny belts will work.  Advice of slinging belts low over the hips is the only way to go.  Only wearing shirts untucked is one style rule for short waisted women that I always stuck to, even when I first began this blog a little over a year ago.  Since then, I have ventured wearing not only tucked shirts, but in combination with a wide belt.

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Well let’s just say, I hate all of this so called professional advice!  While I enjoy a good skinny belt, I so love a wide statement belt that cries out “look at me!”  And wearing a belt over the hips just never appealed to me so you probably will not be seeing me rock that look anytime soon. (I like to never say never though).

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I decided to gather up several outfits I have worn with a multitude of belts.  Some are very wide, some are skinny.  Some are nuetral in color, while others are super bright.  Worn under the bust as well as at my “natural” waist.  Tucked and untucked shirts.  By totally ignoring all of these so called rules I have allowed myself to express my personality without hindrance.

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One of my favorite ways to sport a belt is over a tucked shirt with a jacket or cardigan overtop.  I adore the look and is a formula I will continue to use time and time again.

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I am not writing this particular post from a “style tips” perspective, although you are more than welcome to take inspiration from any or all of these outfits, but rather I am trying to get the point across that just because I have (or if you have) a short waisted body, it is not something you have to hide.  If you want to wear belts like I do, there is no one to tell you that you can’t.  And furthermore, you can look good doing it.  In the past I have written a few style tips for being short waisted if you are interested on reading them as well: Faking A Waist, Styling A Tunic When Short Waisted, and Maxi Skirt Styling for Fall | A High-Low Outfit + Tips on Dressing when Short Waisted.

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As you can see by these outfits there are so many ways to wear a belt (short waisted or not): over a dress, over a tucked top, over an untucked top, over a maxi skirt to make it into a dress, under a jacket, over a cardigan, and over a poncho.

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There is a big movement going on for body acceptance and body positivity.  By deciding to not only love my short waisted body, but to highlight the fact that I do sometimes is me showing the world I am not be ashamed of the way I was created.

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If you are short waisted, do not let fashion rules determine what you can and cannot wear.  Wear those belts!  Tuck those shirts in!  Find a way to make the body that does so much for you feel like something special and not something you need to hide or try to mask.  Sure I want to always look my best, which is why I have written about style tips for being short waisted in the past, but there should never be an article of clothing that should ever be qualified as “the enemy” because is there really a war going on here?  No, there is just me; a woman who loves fashion, and belts, and all things beautiful, including my body.

Are you short waisted and have challenges with belts, tucking shirts in, or other fashion issues?  Do you have other parts of your body that you have been told need to be given the illusion of something else?  Let me know in the comments.

 

More belts I have my eye on right now:

plus size belts by Janeane

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Today’s Postivity Note

Embrace the glorious mess that you are. -Elizabeth Gilbert

 Be Blessed!

Janeane

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12 comments

  1. I love how you look with those belts! My problem is that I can wear the belt okay standing up, but once I sit down, a wide belt will cut into my belly in a very uncomfortable way. Do you have that problem or is it just me?

    1. That is why I love belts like cinch belts that have elastic because they move and “grow” as I sit. I also find that one of my favorite belts is my obi because it is so flexible. I do quickly and easily straighten it out when I stand back up, but it is not a big deal because it only takes a few seconds. My braided belt, which is one of my widest for some reason is very comfortable, perhaps because it does not have a fixed hole it moves a bit when I sit.

      I am not negating your issue in the least though, I have totally been there and felt that pinch. Over years of collecting belts, I have amassed a lot that work for me and have gotten rid of the ones that don’t.

      Is it just wide ones that do that for you? Or is it all of them, skinny and mid-width ones as well?

      Janeane

  2. Love this post—I’m sending it to Nancy (my 60’s model) because she’s short waisted and doesn’t believe me when I tell her it’s ok to show it off!! My rationale is when you tuck in your shirts (being short waisted) it looks like your legs are a mile long—-and who doesn’t want that? jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    1. Thank you Jodie! It has been a personal journey to not “show it off” per say. And yes, the good thing is that I do have long legs. For so long I felt like I was destined to not be able to participate in a part of fashion that I loved simply because it was not what was “normal” or “ideal”. I hope Nancy can come to her own conclusions about feeling comfortable in her own body and not having to miss out if she wants to wear belts or tuck in her shirts.

      I finally found you on Bloglovin because for me that is the easiest way to keep tabs on all the blogs I love to read. Now I can keep up on all of your posts!

      Janeane

  3. This is a great guide, Janeane! It wasn’t until I started reading blogs that I even realized a person could be short vs. long waisted. I never wore belts until this time either, and then I realized I just had to wear them higher on my waist and not around my hips. I still never belt my bottoms, but I will throw on a belt over a blouse, waterfall cardi, or dress to accentuate my waist. It was total revelation, and I hope some readers experience the same revelation from reading this!

    ❤ Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

    1. You were definitely a big part of my “tucking in” transformation. I was so adamantly against it that it was preventing me from moving forward with my style.

      Janeane

  4. This was such a great post. I’ve shared it on my FB page.

    You show how wearing a belt can change an outfit so much.

    I had a girlfriend that was very short waisted and always told her to use belts. They make a huge difference.

    You look happy in each of your photos. A sign that someone truly has accepted their body and is happy with it.

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

  5. This is an excellent piece! I love to see someone embracing who they are and just running with it! And you look amazing in every picture. I believe that’s partially because the joy and creativity of just being “you” comes through and makes your natural beauty and style just shine! I have been given “rules” for years because of my height. (I’m 4’10”) People are always telling you what you need to do to look taller. And I’ve come to a place in my life where I’m just like look, I’m 4’10”, nothing I do is REALLY going to change that. I’m not ashamed of that. I’ve come to embrace my height and not constantly feel pressured to wear heals or dress monochromatic or use some other little “trick” to try and make me look like something I’m not.
    Well done!

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