Looking Good is a Cinch

While all the flowy, a-line, drapy numbers are a must in our collective closets, sometimes a girl needs to show her waistline. And by that, I don’t mean baring your midriff à la Britney. I’ve been belt obsessed for the past year at least (still thinking about the Phillip Lim one btw).

There is nothing like a great belt to draw attention to your curves – in all the right places.

I have butterflies ON my stomach...
I have butterflies ON my stomach…

A loose white shirt goes ultra feminine with a nip at the waist, topped with a butterfly.

And Jean Paul Gaultier slings a suede number across a hip, for his Southwest collection for Hermès.

Southwestern Hipster at Hermes SS09
Southwestern Hipster at Hermes SS09

Karl Lagerfeld created a fantastic fetish-y one to complement his crazy hi-cuffs (still dreaming of those, too).

Yohji Yamamoto keeps it simple with a white double belt over all black with white sneaks. Japanese designers can make even the simplest elements (like white sneakers) looks new.

Waist Not Want Not
So hip it hurts

Simple Cinching at Yohji SS09

Extreme Waist-fullness at McQueen SS09
Extreme Waist-fullness at McQueen SS09

Of course, there is no such thing as simple at McQueen. This elaborate leather filigree corset is intricate enough on its own, but McQueen layers it over bias cut printed silk for that gasp effect!

Ports 1961 goes for the art factor with this sculptural copper adornment.

Copper @ Ports 1961
Copper @ Ports 1961

And while these may technically be from the Spring Summer 09 collections, we don’t live by seasonal clothes in this space. They are great inspirations for Fall, too.

Waist not, want not.

But who wouldn’t want these…

Photos from Style.com.

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