There was a time when I shopped for a bridesmaid dress and I was so excited when I found a lavender chiffon dress at a boutique´s display window. I´d no doubt it was the dress I was destined to wear to my friend´s wedding, but lo! When I put it on, it looked like a sack potato. But it was so beautiful I couldn´t let it go. My then boyfriend, now husband, suggested I cinch my waist with a wide black belt. That´s what I did and the result was a dream.
Since then, I developed a huge love for belts and corsets, and anything that can quickly create a waist (or an illusion of a waist) while also acting as a statement to the look.
Checkout these six stunning belts and corsets from Free People + tips on how to wear them.
This menswear belt is inspired by martial arts belt worn with kimono. It´s reversible, which means you´re getting two different looks in one. It features a printed quilted fabric on one side and a luxe velvet on the other. The printed side is best worn with solid or basic colors while the luxe velvet will accent a busy printed look.
There´s no doubt that this brocade corset belt featuring a cherry blossom print and a romantic front lace-up design is very feminine. You don´t want to wear it though over an ultra feminine dress unless you want to look like a damsel in distress. But think of how nicely it can inject femininity to a menswear-inspired combo.
Want to give your classic jackets and blazers a spin? This white studded corset (also available in silver) will do the job.
If any of your white pieces start to feel boring, try updating it using a statement corset such as this cotton corset from Free People with metal stud and grommet embellishment. This is especially meant for you if you wonder how to make your basic button-downs look trendy.
Another alternative is this faux leather corset with adjustable tie. Black is always functional and can go with anything!
But if faux leather isn´t your thing + possibly harmful chemicals scare you, then you better opt for real leather. This obi belt is 100% genuine leather which will effortlessly wrap your waist for a more defined curve.
Now over to you, girls. What do you think of these belts and corsets from Free People? Yay or Nay?