Recessionista: It's a Cinch!

Michelle Obama and Janet Jackson's belted looks have inspired women everywhere to rediscover their waistlines!

Ever since Michelle Obama belted her summer coat, women have been drawn to accentuating their waists and showing their form again. Janet Jackson also looked chic and pulled together at the recent Ralph Lauren spring/summer 2010 runway show. (I loved the mix of her belt with the refined croc bag, pencil skirt, oversized sweater and crisp, white shirt.) A fashion stylist once told me that if your waist is narrow or if you can define it, all of your proportions balance out.

Hannah Deely, our accessories editor, spotted these fab Croco embossed trouser belts from The Limited -- and they're only $34.50.

I love this accessory over a lightweight coat, a knit dress, a boyfriend sweater or even a blazer. Just make sure it sits well at your waist and you don't pull it in too tight. Muffin tops are not the trend here. Always make sure you properly order your right size in the belt. (Limited makes it nice for us, as some belts are sized XXS to XL.)

If your midsection is your big problem area, a thick belt for your mid-waist slims out your stomach, giving you a smooth finish. If you're on the thin side, a wider belt will completely swallow you, so try a thinner belt to add detail to your waist.

Buy it here.