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DD+ Outfit: Wide Belts, What Would I Do Without You?



I'm sure you already know about the power of chunky belts, they're constantly touted as a "solution accessory" for curvy or hourglass figures. With some of my dresses, I couldn't live without them. Either a dress was sold with one that was too large or cheaply made, or it's a swingy style without waist definition and no belt at all. However, I feel they're a bit harder than anyone lets on. Georgina, of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, wears them brilliantly so I'm taking a page out of her book with this outfit post.

I like the stretchier type so if I gain or lose weight, the same ones will always work. The trick is finding a belt that will work with your waist/torso proportions. Since my waist is high, I need something blousey or roomy up top so the belt doesn't look like it's just sitting under my boobs. I've tried to work them into outfits with high waist skirts when the waist itself is too big but the hips are perfect. Ha! Such a disaster, the skirt slips out from the belt and sags awkwardly and without the belt, all my camisoles, tights, underwear, etc. are on display. Conclusion: If you have a good place to find pencil skirts for hourglass figures, tell me in the comments please.


Has the weather been amazing where you live? In my corner of Massachusetts, it's been sunny, with temperatures in the low 70s, and a tickle of a breeze. I didn't really need tights with this outfit, but I didn't want to expose y'all to my vampire skin legs.

{Hat: Marshalls | Sweater: Thrifted | Dress & Belt: 25 Central (Northampton, MA) | Tights: Old Gold (Burlington, VT) | Shoes: Thrifted} 

8 Comments

  1. Unless you want to try your hand at making your own (though I'll warn you, it's a highly addictive and expensive hobby!), I've got no good ideas on pencil skirts. I'm so jealous of people who can wear elastic belts--mine always end up "holding up" my boobs because I'm so short, but they are so darn cute on everyone else!! Anyway, cute outfit, love the color combination! :-)

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    1. Thanks, country girl! I hesitated for a moment 'cause the grey got lost against the tracks so I'm glad you like!! :D

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  2. I am in love with everything here. Even the hat (I'm picky about hats). Hmm, have to keep an eye out for similar belts in my neighbourhood.

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    1. That's so sweet, thank you. Keep your eyes peeled for great hats - they're hard to come by but soooo fun to wear when you stumble upon a good one.

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  3. Super cute outfit! I usually buy from J. Crew or Banana Republic and then have them altered to fit perfectly. Ponte knit ones tend to work well, but then you run into pilling issues down the road. Personally, I'd rather have light-weight wool or a high quality denim although I do love my ponte knit striped mini skirt from BR!

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    1. Thanks, SP! I LOVE ponte knit, it feels like wearing your pjs to work but 1,000,000 times more chic. Allison suggested BR too - I'll have to check them out.

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  4. Your hair looks really good!

    About pencil skirts for hourglass figures--Banana Republic and sometimes Loft both work for me. I really didn't understand why at first, because I had a hard time finding ones that looked good. I had one I thought looked awful and I couldn't figure out why. Then I read something that changed my life--it said hourglass figures look good in pencil skirts if the skirt is not very tapered. In other words, the straighter the better. I found that to be absolutely correct and I now have several that look great on my figure (38-28-37).

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    1. Thanks, Allison. That's so kind of you to say - I had my hair cut by this amazing Irish woman a few months ago and it's working for me like none other. :D

      Hmmmmm, the Loft? I love their punchy colors so I'll have to take a peek and Sophisticated Pair suggested the Banana too. It's a confirmed good thing if you two on on board. :)

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