We often wax poetic about our love for dresses; From casual summer dresses to formal styles, this throw-on-and-go wardrobe staple makes getting dressed simple—they tend to require little to no styling. However, when you are in need of something extra, adding in a chic belt to your dress will give your look the update you’re looking for. Use it to create contrast or to balance out a more oversize design—either way, this waist-defining accessory will do just about everything. Style your dress with a neutral black or brown, or go for a something with a bit more contrast to add flair to your ensemble. 

For example, summer days get pretty hot and sticky so a breezy light dress is the typical go-to for most women. And during cooler months, dresses are worn more for dressing up to parties, going out to dinner, museums or concerts. But this kind of dresses wouldn’t feel like a complete look without a belt! A belt is that humble little accessory that completely changes a dress.

The best thing about wearing a belt with a dress is that it suits everyone.  It adds feminine curves to an athletic shape, defines and accentuates an hourglass silhouette. It adds color and texture, breaks up prints, it pulls an outfit together and helps it look more polished.

The versatility and one-size concept makes it easy to wear with your entire wardrobe. In fact, adding a belt to a dress will give you a more polished look (and cover seam lines).  You can wear it alone for a statement look or pull in your accessories (jewelry, shoes and handbag) with one color.  However, the best part about adding a belt to a dress is the way it defines your waist and accentuates your hourglass figure or creates an illusion of one.