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Plus-Size Belts Report

It wasn't so very long ago that most retailers believed that plus-size women neither wanted nor wore belts.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact if it's in style with thin women, a trend is in style with curvier women.

One of the most useful accessories for giving shape to outfits and create flattering silhouettes, belts are also a wonderful styling tool for adding personality and zip. Whether it's a belt meant to be worn with jeans and fit through belt loops, or a wider style used to cinch in a loose tunic top

Available in classic and fashion styles, they come in a variety of widths, colors and materials.  Some are fastened with decorative buckles, while others tie, use snapping mechanisms, and clasps.

Higher quality materials such as genuine leather are still rare finds in larger sizes, with inexpensive synthetics still more the norm, but the situation is improving, especially for smaller plus-size women.

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Belts

Some of the best shopping resources for plus-size belts remain the plus specialty retailers, but not all of them stock belts.  Lane Bryant carries a good selection of styles ranging from classic to trendy, skinny to wide.  Materials tend to by synthetics, although there are some metal and leather options available from time to time. With sizing 14 to 28W, this is still an area where they are a market leader.  Meanwhile, Ashley Stewart offers chain and other decorative styles that work well over tunic tops and dresses in sizes 1X to 3X.

Torrid regularly stocks trendy styles and some options have a tougher appeal with details such as studding in-line with their darker style history.  With sizes XL to 5X this is one of the widest size ranges available. Contemporary indie plus designer Igigi also almost always has a few belts available to complement their fashion in sizes up to 32W.

For leather belts in classic styles appropriate for wearing with pants and jeans, shop Eddie Bauer which carries sizes S to XXL (20/22).  Trendier options mainly in leather, and other materials, in addition to classic styles, can be found at Lands' End in sizes up to 3X (26W).  Here you'll find colors, patterns, a variety of widths, and details such as perforations or laser cut out designs.

Western style belt buckles with decorative crystal or gemstone inlays attached to studded leather belts can be purchased at Back in the Saddle which styles in sizes up to XXL. Casually bohemian retailer Serengeti carries a sprinkling of eclectic accessories to complete their outfits with a few belts here and there available up to XXL. 

Finally, QVC is a wonderful resource for highly unusual decorative and stretch belts, some of which are gem or crystal encrusted or metal. Other styles include braided leather, chain link, and patent belts in a variety of widths.  Sizes here are as large as 3X (28W).


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