Until about a month ago, I was morally opposed to belting cardigans. I don’t particularly know why, since many a fashion blogger has successfully pulled off belted cardigans. I think I thought it would create a weird waist thing on me, or a weird hip thing, or a weird lack-of-curves thing.
When I tried this with my brand-new half-off seriously-awesome cowgirl-chic-or-maybe-Turkish belt, I thought it turned out pretty dang well.
(Someday I will learn to take good outfit photos. That skirt is actually a kind of black/brown weave.)
I think what worked here was the neutral (and dark) palette, the big V, and the partly-buttoned cardigan. I’ve seen lots of bloggers leave the cardigan unbuttoned under the belt and leave a stripe of shirt showing, but whenever I tried that look, it obliterated any sense of feminine curves. Buttoning the sweater kept things uniform and defined a waist.
I’m pretty pleased that I tried a new look successfully. Originally I had the cardigan out over everything, with the button-up shirt tucked into the skirt and the belt over the skirt waist. That shifted around a lot, and I got tired of having to readjust my waistband every time I stood up, so around lunchtime, I buttoned the sweater, put the belt on, and discovered that belting cardigans is a-okay!
However, having seen that skirt online, I’ve also discovered that it’s too long for me. Why do skirts never fit.