Can you believe you might need instructions on how to wear a belt properly?
An Interview with Michael Federer of F2 – The Element in Accessories.
The “it” accessory of the season …is the belt. They are
everywhere, outside of coats, sweaters, dresses, you name it. Can you
believe you might need instructions on how to wear a belt properly?
SCS: So, what’s hot in belts right now?
MF: Belts worn up high on the torso. Think 80’s wide
stretch with big buckles or hooks. Patent leather is also huge this
season, as are sash or obi belts in leather and fabric. Fashion chains
are making a comeback as well. Look for colors like rich dark
chocolate, cognacs, black, red, dark green and leopard print.
SCS: How are belts being worn this year?
MF: Like I said, high up on the torso, but really
anything goes. Wear them over sweaters, shirts or coats. Belts are to
accent the upper part of the body this year, not the bottom like in
recent years. In New York City, we have noticed a trend of wearing two
or three belts at a time. Another trend we are seeing is wearing the
buckle to the side.
SCS: What is the most figure flattering way to wear a belt?
MF: It really depends on the figure. If you are a
little heavier and want to create an hourglass figure…wear a wider belt
high up on the torso. It takes pounds off immediately.
SCS: What are the biggest mistakes you see women make wearing belts?
MF: Wearing a belt that doesn’t match the figure or
the age group. For instance, I see women wearing contour belts too low.
I also see women wearing belts with no contour whatsoever, so when they
sit…it sticks out in the back (also the sign of a cheap belt). Make
sure the belt is contoured. Another mistake I see is wearing tacky
belts. If you buy a belt of a good material such as leather, it may
eventually go out of style, but it will come back in. An extra cheap
belt looks, well cheap. Don’t buy pleather or other man made faux
leathers. Oh, and certainly don’t wear it if it’s falling apart. Read More