The Flat Wrap Is the Key to Tying Your Winter Coat Like a Stylist

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Even as a fashion editor, I often find it hard to feel truly chic while wearing a winter coat. Puffer coats will always give me marshmallow vibes, and oversize wool coats either feel too severe or like I’m wrapped in a wool blanket. To be fair, sometimes those are aesthetics I don’t mind embracing, but for my regular day to day, it would be nice to have some tricks up my sleeves for making my winter coats look polished and put together. Which is why, when I stumbled upon this Flat Wrap hack for tying a belt, I immediately bookmarked it for future use.

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In case you don’t already know, stylist Liz Teich is one of my absolute favorite Instagram and TikTok accounts for learning new and easy styling tricks that can elevate your wardrobe in an instant. Case in point, the Flat Wrap hack (as I’ve deemed it) for knotting the belt of your winter coat. As Teich demonstrates, knowing the proper way to tie your belt can make all the difference between looking posh versus looking hurried or disheveled.

How does this winter styling trick work, you ask? Watch the video above to see Teich in motion, or you can follow the outline below, with photos to show you each step.

step 1 and 2

Step 1: Pull your belt free of the string loops on the sides. Wrap it around your back so that it lays flat all around at your true waist. (You may need to steam or iron your belt if it’s been twisted or folded for a long period of time).

Step 2: Knot your belt once, pulling the right side over the left and cinching to tighten.

step 3 and 4

Step 3: Hold the left side in your hand so that the belt stays flat with the end draping down to the ground. Take the left side and create a loop by directing the loose end to the side.

Step 4: Pull the left end up through the bottom of the loop you just created, then pull both ends to tighten. The two ends should now drape beautifully down from your waist, and the knot should look sleek and neat.

And voilà! Next time you slip into a trench, wool wrap or another belted coat, try this easy hack on for size. Because really, every little bit helps when transforming your basic winter coat into something fabulous.

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