Last updated: August 11, 2021

Waist belts are, as the name suggests, belts that are worn on the hips. They go with many trousers and outfits, but there are a few things you should look out for before buying. It's easy to lose track of all the different belts.

To make sure you find the right girdle and don't make the wrong purchase, we have compiled all the relevant information here. Here you can get an overview of the most important buying criteria and find answers to some general questions on the subject.

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Buying criteria: What you should look for when buying girdles

Apart from price, girdles have a number of important buying criteria. We have compiled the most relevant ones here and also defined them somewhat.

These are the following purchase criteria:

  • Design and style of the belt
  • Size
  • Material
  • Colour
  • Sustainability

A more detailed explanation of the individual buying criteria can be found here.

Design and style of the belt

Of course, you don't have to know directly what design or style you want. Maybe you are still very unsure what kind of girdle you want. But then you should definitely get an idea of what styles and designs of girdles exist. You should know what buckle types, shapes and styles exist. Then you can narrow down your search a bit, because you know what you want or don't want.


When it comes to size, it is not enough to simply look at the length. First of all, you should check the size guide to make sure you don't order the wrong size. Then you should know what kind of fit you need. Some prefer a loose fit, others a tight fit. Finally, you should also consider what width you need. A belt can easily be too wide and not fit properly.


The choice of material is important for the look as well as the feel. You have to choose between leather, imitation leather or different fabrics. As mentioned above, this will affect whether the belt matches your outfit and how good it feels to wear.


When choosing the colour, you need to consider whether the belt should only go with one specific outfit or whether it can be used for several different outfits. Many people have favourite colours that they base most of their outfits on. Of course, the belt should then also match them.


Sustainability is very important. You have to decide for yourself whether you are willing to wear clothes that are produced under less than good conditions. Before buying, you should find out under which circumstances the garment is produced.

Girdles for women: The most important questions answered

When looking for and using girdles, some questions may arise. We have answered the most important questions about girdles for women here.

How can I tell if my girdle fits well?

Firstly, you should make sure that the belt does not slip too much. You should also check whether the width of the belt restricts your freedom of movement too much. If this fits and the general feeling of wearing it is comfortable, the girdle should fit well.

How do I care for and clean my girdle?

Most girdles do not require extensive washing and a simple wipe down is sufficient. However, if you have a girdle made of fabric it can be washed in the washing machine. Nevertheless, if you have one, just take a quick look at the washing label or the product description. It usually explains how to clean the belt.

What are the dress codes for girdles?

Waist belts can be worn with anything, depending on the style and matching outfit. With the right outfit and matching girdle, you can wear them to formal events, going out or in your free time. Of course, not every girdle fits every situation.

Styling tips for girdles: How to achieve the perfect girdle look

Hip belts come in many different styles. Accordingly, they can be combined with many different outfits and used for every situation. But not every belt goes with every outfit. Here we have some tips that can help you find the right outfit combinations.

  • Formal situations: In formal situations, it is important to keep it plain and simple. The same goes for belts, of course. A black leather look usually works. But simple fabric belts, with not so fancy colours, also work. You should make sure that at least handbag, shoes and belt are coordinated.
  • Casual situations: You can take any liberty with a casual look, as long as it goes with the outfit, of course. In contrast to formal situations, it is also more appropriate to wear non-functional hip belts. In casual situations you can wear more combinations than in formal situations.

All you really have to do is pay attention to what kind of outfit is appropriate for the situation you are planning. You will then find the right girdle.


There is a suitable girdle for every situation. In order to find it, you simply have to pay attention to the right buying criteria. You should know approximately what you want and if not, you should at least get an overview of the selection. If you keep this in mind, you will find the perfect girdle.

Since the care of girdles and the area of use is very large, girdles are usually often in use. But if you have one or two matching girdles, you will have something for many outfits that you can use for a long time.

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