Minute 16: Belting T-Shirts Is A Look That Has To Go (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post Canada  |  Posted: Updated: 05/17/2012 2:41 pm

By definition, trends are fleeting. They're ephemeral. And each day we see our fair share of looks we'd like to remove from our sartorial lexicon. So join us, each week, as we analyze a trend that's had its 15 minutes of fame. These looks are well into their Minute 16, folks. It's time to usher them toward stage left.

The Trend: It's fine to wear a belt to hold up your pants (it's actually a must), but wearing a belt to make your waist appear smaller or because it's an accessory? This look is no longer acceptable. Sure it was "hip" about a decade ago. Now, however, it's outdated. If an outfit fits you properly, there is no need to throw a belt on top of it.

Chief Offenders: We can happily say we haven't seen a celeb wearing this style since maybe 'Friends' was on the air, which was a while ago. But people of the streets, we see you wearing this trend everywhere, and it's time to put it away.

What's Wrong With It: Not only is this look outdated, people seem to be wearing it incorrectly. The belt never sits at the right part of the waist or they pair the belted look with this season's "it" accessory -- the bib necklace. It's time to keep our wardrobe choices simple. And wearing a belt on top of clothing is no longer "it."

May We Suggest: Keep it simple, folks. Wear a T-shirt with jeans and pair it with one accessory -- like a statement necklace or a bib. This will help add some of-the-moment appeal to your wardrobe and will ensure you keep your clothes out of the mid-2000s.

What do you think? Are we just plain wrong about this trend? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @HuffPostCaStyle.

Here our some of our favourite summer trends.

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  • A: Anorak Jacket

    <a href="http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/pack-and-go/Apres-Practice-Anorak?cc=4247&sli=1" target="_hplink">Apres Practice Anorak</a>, Available at Lululemon, $158.

  • B: Booties

    <a href="http://women.brownsshoes.com/eng_ca/product/Boots-Ankle-high75mm/64604" target="_hplink">BROWNS ID & JC</a>, Available at Brown Shoes, $198.

  • C: Cuff

    <a href="http://www.endless.com/Lisa-Stewart-Modern-Gold-Plated-Cuff-Bracelet/dp/B004P5PQ14/180-3732804-0647449?ie=UTF8&ascsubtag=aid10475705-pid2687457-sid59cb68f2d6994ae49e515b8b043e066c&suppressRedirect=1&tag=endlesscj-20" target="_hplink">Lisa Stewart "Modern Myth" 14k Gold-Plated Pink Cuff-Bracelet</a>, Available at Endless.com, $119.

  • D: Droplet Earrings

    <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/70103950/tigerlily-kite-tail-lace-and-chain" target="_hplink">Tigerlily Kite Tail Lace And Chain Geometric Earrings by This Ilk</a>, Available on Etsy.com, $32.

  • E: Eco Collections

    <a href="http://www.notjustpretty.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_9&products_id=1762" target="_hplink">Covet Open Shoulder Tee</a>, Available at Covet, $56.

  • F: Flip Flops That Don't Suck

    <a href="http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod8010008&parentId=" target="_hplink">KORS Michael Kors Winnie Flip-Flops</a>, Available at Michael Kors, $44.

  • G: Game-On -- Everyday

    <a href="http://www.joefresh.com/en/product/tulip-dress" target="_hplink">Tulip Dress</a>, Available at Joe Fresh, $69.

  • H: High-Low Skirt

    <a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&Category=BTMs&ProductID=2000036027&VariantID=&utm_source=affiliatetraction&utm_medium=cj&utm_campaign=affiliate" target="_hplink">High-Low Skirt With Belt</a>, Available at Forever 21, $20.

  • I: Iridescent

    <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23690100&color=923&color=923&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS" target="_hplink">Circling Initial & Stone Ring</a>, Available at Urban Outfitters, $10.

  • J: Jumpers

    <a href="http://store.americanapparel.ca/rsa0323.html" target="_hplink">Tri-Blend Pocket Jumpsuit</a>, Available at American Apparel, $54.

  • K: Kimono Jacket

    <a href="http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+New+In/75XB7/Flutter+Sky+Kimono+Jacket.htm" target="_hplink">Flutter Sky Kimono Jacket</a>, Available at French Connection, $168.

  • L: Low Backs

    <a href="http://www.lulus.com/products/evening-news-backless-neon-yellow-dress/49313.html" target="_hplink">Neon Yellow Dress</a>, Available at LuLu.com, $46.

  • M: Metallics

    <a href="http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/product/AT-Accessories/AT-View-All/Glitter-Zip-Clutch/280876?colorExplode=false&skuId=11164203&catid=cata000025&productPageType=search&defaultColor=7586" target="_hplink">Glitter Zip Clutch</a>, Available at Ann Taylor, $48.

  • N: Touch Of Neon

    <a href="http://www.thebay.com/eng/womens-dressescontemporary-weartowork-Jessie_Dress-thebay/237368" target="_hplink">Jessie Dress by Tahari,</a> Available at The Bay, $107.

  • O: Old School

    <a href="http://www.thetwistband.com/hair-ties/anchor-gigi-hair-tie-set.html" target="_hplink">Anchor Gigi Hair Tie</a>, Available at TwistBand, $10.

  • P: Perforated

    <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-belts/24259517.jsp?cm_mmc=PJN-_-Affiliates-_-Placement=20648-_-ShopAnthropologie" target="_hplink">Corsetta Belt</a>, Available at Anthropologie, $48.

  • Q: Quartz

    <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/87500197/clear-crystal-quartz-necklace-14k-gold?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=quartz+necklace&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=quartz+necklace&ga_includes%5B%5D=tags&ga_view_type=gallery" target="_hplink">Clear Crystal Quartz Necklace 14K Gold Filled chain Jewelry Icicle Point Arrow Spike</a>, Available at Etsy.com, $20.

  • R: Retro Watches

    Timex 80, Available at ASOS.com, $93.

  • S: Snakes

    Stacey Brass Snake Cuff, Available at Chloe, $595.

  • T: Tie-Dye

    <a href="http://www.hm.com/ca/product/98706?article=98706-A" target="_hplink">Denim Shorts</a>, Available at H&M, $30.

  • U: Umbrellas

    <a href="http://www.fultonumbrellas.com/shop/info_L042_lily.html" target="_hplink">Lily Birdcage Umbrella</a>, Available at Fulton, $29.

  • V: Vintage

    <a href="http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/clearance/womens-shoes/heels/81421914-spaziano/57" target="_hplink">SPAZIANO High Heels</a>, Available at ALDO, $40.

  • W: Woven Bags

    <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/am/product/189254?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-ProductFeed-_-Marc_by_Marc_Jacobs-_-Shoulder+Bags&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-CXrwIWUh9jS_YfeX42xN9w" target="_hplink">Rosie Woven Bucket Bag</a>, Available at Marc Jacobs, $430.

  • X: Cross Borders

    It was recently <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/01/bloomingdales-canada-the-bay_n_1468292.html#s=924869" target="_hplink">reported retail giant Bloomingdale's could be making its way to Canada</a> -- along with Target, J.Crew and Marshalls.

  • Y: Yellow

    <a href="http://us.asos.com/countryid/2/ASOS-Palm-Print-Hipster-Bikini-Pant/tfov0/?sgid=3755&MID=35719&affid=2135&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-ZAGXs9JuPZ3uU3lPoSE8wA" target="_hplink">50's Cross Front Sweetheart Bathing Suit</a>, Available at ASOS, $37.

  • Z: Zig-Zags

    <a href="http://www.forzieri.com/usa/product_view.asp?l=usa&c=usa&dept_id=18&sku=mi132912-004-00" target="_hplink">Medium Fabric and Leather Shoulder Bag</a>, Available at Missoni, $690.

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