To belt or not to belt that is the question. Actually the feminine belt became a substitute for the corset. The corset created the shape of an outfit before the belt. Of course we all know Gok needs to lay off belting but it is a key style piece when it comes to dressing up an outfit. In short a belt or a ribbon or a scarf added to an outfit is aiming to create a focal point on the body.
Where to place a belt? The 3 points on the body are the empire line, the waist and the hips. In days of yore or costume drama terms the empire line is below the bust, top of ribs, think Jane Austen. Then the waist is the idealistic hour glass figure think Marilyn Monroe, or 50s pin up. Then the dropped waist or hips is the low slung belt option so beloved of the boho look that dominated in the early noughties but more importantly in current fashion terms the dropped waist look of the 1920s.
When it comes to recreating a 1930s or 1970s vibe then you have to think the chain belt. And you can wear it high, middle or low.
I've found this number at Reiss which ticks a lot of boxes in terms of creative and sumptuous detail for wide let trousers, a maxi skirt or jumpsuit. Part Ali, part Wallis it will be a wardrobe wonder!
Reiss 1971 Ellison chain detail belt £59