Fashion 101: Waistlines, Or ‘If You Like It Then You Should Have Put a Belt On It’

“Put a belt on it.”

That is the one phrase I see every single day on, the community fashion advice site that I run. The belt, it would seem, is the silver bullet of fashion advice. As humans, we are naturally curious about the waist to hip ratio. Research shows that our health, our attractiveness and even our intelligence are all positively correlated to this magic WHR number. So it is only natural that we humans want to define and even embellish our waistlines. Yet, so much of popular fashion is designed to obscure the natural waist. Baby doll dresses, trapeze dresses, drop waists, Empires—all of these cuts are deemed by many to be flattering to certain body types. But are they? I am going to go out on a limb and say that, for the most part women, no matter what their size shape, should dress for the natural waist. But before I cast other all these styles aside, let’s go through the 6 most common waistlines.

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    • missy

      good eve, can you please tell me where you found the dress used in the princess seam example?


      Loved this tutorial Brooke and you personal take on it as well! Informative and funny.
      well done!

    • Colleen

      Another way to flatter your waistline is to wear a supportive bra. If the girls are up where they should be, your waist looks smaller! If your breasts hang to your waist, that’s a problem, ladies.

    • Aisha

      I so agree with you. I only used to love stuff that shows my waist. Then I heard all these fashion critics and changed my style. I should have stuck with my instincts.