Women's belts began having a fashion moment, as opposed to a functional moment, a few seasons ago when they cropped up everywhere over cardigans, jumpers and coats. While that may seem like an easy look to pull off – after all, you just add a belt – there are a few tips to help you get it right. If your top naturally fits loosely and is long enough, a belt could work; if it simply is too big, a belt will not make it fit you. Instead, the excess fabric will bunch up around your waist and puff up the top above and below the waist, making you look frumpy. While belts do emphasise and cinch waists beautifully, it's important to remember that they also cut your body in half, especially when wearing a dress or a monochrome outfit. What happens around your waist therefore affect your entire silhouette. If you have a short torso or are short, go with a narrow belt in the same colour as your top or dress; a wide belt will shorten your torso. If your legs are short, wearing your belt a little higher than your waist is a smart move, as it elongates the legs much like an A-line dress. It also hides a less than perfect waistline. Michelle Obama is a big fan of wearing belts higher up on her torso but remember, she is 1,8 m tall (just under six feet). A wide belt in a contrasting colour will shorten a long waist. A wide belt will also help a plain shift dress to make a strong impact but remember, the more dramatic the belt, the simpler the rest of your outfit must be. If you don't have a wide belt, use a long, narrow scarf and tie it like an obi belt. Start with a few basic styles from Spree and make this the season you rediscover the wonderful waist-emphasising, leg-lengthening, drama-imparting power of a simple belt!