Trends on the Verge :
- the waist returns as a dominate focal point
- belting on the natural waist
- wide cropped trousers paired with tucked in
- increased volume in sleeves and shoulders
- longer hemlines in jackets, blouses and skirts
The New Silhouette
“Accentuating the waist is
essential to proper styling”
Left Photo : Next Look FW15; trade report predicts
that belting outerwear is a dominate trend.
Right Photo : a look from the Oscar de la Renta
Resort2016 collection. Fullness through the
sleeves and slight A-line flare is balanced by a
tailored waist belt.
We look to the styles of our favorite icons for fashion
inspiration. Behind the wardrobes of these interna-
tional tastemakers is a team of expert stylists who
motivate trend movement.
We are seeing belts on red-carpet looks from jump-
suits to gowns and around the coats of famously
fashionable ladies like Michelle Obama and Kate,
the Duchess of Cambridge.
Left-to-right: Kate Middleton, Jenny McCarthy and
Kim Kardashian all wearing Suzi Roher belts.
Runways and magazine fashion wells are
pushing cinched-waist looks using ropes,
sashes and robust leathers. Innovative
editorial stylists add polish and break up
silhouettes by accentuating the waist.
“As waistlines continue to be
focus in media belts are
Suzi Roher featured in Accessories
Magazine May 2015
Elongated belts are emerging in a whole new way. Wrapping the waist with a
long belt helps achieve visual balance. Offsetting symmetry with an extended
tail creates a dynamic focal point.
Retailers who are styling outerwear with belts are increasing their
units-per-transaction while educating their customer on unique ways to wear
Photos left-to-right : Versace Resort 2016, Net-a-Porter
Street Style, Fausto Puglisi Resort 2015
The grouping of street style photoes from
Net-a-Porter shows modern ways to blur the
lines of gendered dressing.
From men’s suiting materials to loose trousers and boxy jackets -
influential street style blogs prove that menswear is becoming a
staple in womens closets.
Cinching the waist makes this look wearable. A masculine leather
belt anchors the outfit while accentuating the female figure.
Since appearing prominently on the
Burberry runway the belted scarf look
has been adopted by expert stylists and
street style innovators.
Pairing an oversized printed scarf with a
thin belt creates a thin outerwear layer -
ideal for covering sheer tops and low
Photos left-to-right : Olivia Palmero, Elle.com
London Streetstyle, Burberry FW14
Wide Waist Belts
Oversized belts are dominating European runways. Wide at the
waist means wonderfully dramatic proportions.
Use wide belts to :
- create a feminine shape
- polish the look by adding pattern, colour and texture
- define a focal point at the waist
- balance proportions of voluminous sleeves and hemlines
Photos left to right : Roberto Cavalli FW15,
Marni FW15, Versace FW15
“Wide belts help balance proportions
of voluminous sleeves and longer hemlines” 7119
Elevating Wardrobe Basics
Enhancing customers’ existing wardrobe is a constant challenge for retail
stylists. Sometimes all you need is a sensational piece around the waist.
Accessories offer endless opportunities and creative solutions - breathing
fresh life into wardrobe staples.
Left photo : Edita Vilkeviciute Vogue Paris July 2015 - her look
is completed with a vintage-inspired belt.
Middle photo : the addition of a graphic black/white belt turns
casual garments into finished outfits. Shot by Greg Kessler.
Right photo : A traditional collared blouse and black skirt is the
perfect base for investment accessories.