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Belts, Belts, & More Belts!

21 August 2008
As you all may know already, belts have continued their dynasty for the second season in a row (as have skinny jeans). Last fall, thick belts were all the rage, cinching waists almost as a corset would. Gucci’s Fall ’07 show, for example, showcased many great ones in beautiful tones of reds and purples with the signature three buckle front that would later be copied by others. This fall is still about cinching waists: however, fall ’08 is all about the skinny belts.
To recreate runway looks, just grab a thin belt & wrap it around a loose dress, the oversized tee-shirt, or even around a jacket (just be sure that the jacket is not bulky; we do not want puffs of fabric leaking over the belt like a horrible muffin top nor do we want you to look bigger than you are!) I’ll bring up Oscar de la Renta’s runway show for a tangible example; there were belts over tweed jackets paired with full skirts and dark colored tights that looked fabulous! Even running around in colder weather can be fashionable – there is no need to cover that fabulous-ness with a pea coat or trench! Accessorize that jacket!
Even adding a belt to a cardigan can take a bland outfit a long way; leave the cardigan unbuttoned, cinch that waist with a pop of color, and voila: A sophisticated look that plays on the curves.
I love this Juliana Jabour Cinto Skinny Belt in navy (it’s also available in white, on shopbop.com). This quilted patent leather belt has a wonderful sheen, guaranteed to add texture and depth to any outfit. The gold hardware pops against the navy – love it. I would suggest pairing such a belt with a cardigan in a neutral color, preferably in the family of whites and creams in order to draw attention to the waistline.

Okay. so this Moss Mills Skinny Horse Belt isn’t exactly my style, but something about is just makes me love it anyway. I love the organic look of it; natural in the brown leather color & bohemian in the brass sculpture of the horse. One must keep in mind that belts with a detailed buckle such as this one, that pairing it with thin fabrics (like a cardigan) would only make the belt look heavy. I would style this belt with an olive green military type jacket; leave the jacket open and reveal a black top underneath. Finish the look with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans and brown riding boots! This belt also doubles as a bracelet; just wrap it around you wrist a couple of times! (It should be an interesting look;; available at intermix.com.)
I know this Double Buckle belt by Fullum seems so…blah. But don’t underestimate its versatility! The plain-ness of the belt allows it to be worn with nearly everything; jackets, cardigans, dresses, tees, etc whether it be on the waist or hips. The actual belt it 2 inches wide, with a one inch belt overlay with two buckles for extra dimension and detail. Outfit Epiphany (I have several of those): loose, cream colored tunic or dress + belt + slightly opaque black tights + ankle booties. I need this belt.
xoxo.
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21 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 August 2008 3:04 am

    I like how it looks a belt with a dress!

    besos

  2. Zest permalink
    22 August 2008 10:26 am

    belt+cardigan=awesome idea

    by the way, what song is it that plays on your blog? i love it!
    thanks

  3. bri permalink
    22 August 2008 5:15 pm

    i love belts. i dont know why though. and the thing is, i only have ONE belt. but i still love them all, im just to lazy to actually wear them. yea, i know that probably makess ZERO sense but whatever, im tired haha.

    but i really love skinny belts. i like them with like, poofy outfits (i cant think of the correct adjective, so poofy it is!) because they become so understated (again, not quite sure if thats the right adjective..).

    geez, i’m tired. i need a nap lol. sorry for the rambling comment. 🙂

  4. Little Bow Prep permalink
    22 August 2008 5:54 pm

    I love wearing a belt to cinch a solid colored dress.

  5. Modelizer permalink
    22 August 2008 9:57 pm

    I can’t do a belt, I can do a hidden belt if jeans are suddenly too large, but nothing that’s actually seen. I think it might be because I have boobs, it just looks too top heavy with my twiggish legs.

  6. Richel permalink
    23 August 2008 6:27 am

    you make finding belts look so easy! I always have such a hard time finding one that fits me correctly.

  7. ♥ Marta ♥ permalink
    23 August 2008 6:45 am

    I still can’t find a belt that would fit my wait … so I’ve never had a chance to experiment with the belt trend 😦

  8. Rice and Beans Vintage Clothing permalink
    23 August 2008 11:46 am

    I love double buckle belts, nice pick!

  9. 23 August 2008 9:07 pm

    hmm love the quilted and double buckle belts!

  10. glory permalink
    23 August 2008 10:11 pm

    i`m love belts too but find the perfect ones it`s hard…just have like 3 but go whith everything…saludos

  11. Krissy permalink
    23 August 2008 11:24 pm

    i’m liking the patent belts!

  12. Emma permalink
    24 August 2008 12:14 am

    Skinny belts are so much easier to wear then last year’s wide belts. I’m loving this trend. What a great entry!

  13. GlossyChic permalink
    24 August 2008 8:06 am

    i feel like belts have been in foreverrrr, but i like the look so it works for me…

  14. Fashion Tidbits permalink
    24 August 2008 9:43 am

    so glad that skinny belts are more in this year! they get easier to find!

  15. Sarah permalink
    24 August 2008 7:10 pm

    I think thick boho belts are coming back into fashion… Although skinny belts are forever classics!

  16. STYLE AND THE CITY . COM - PARIS permalink
    24 August 2008 8:31 pm

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  17. The Stiletto Effect permalink
    25 August 2008 7:37 pm

    Hi there!

    Sure lets exchange links 😀

    Luv
    Su

  18. Crave permalink
    27 August 2008 12:01 am

    i’m in love with the horse belt! thank you for sharing and look out while i run to the nearest shop to pick it up!

  19. Sharifa permalink
    28 August 2008 3:08 pm

    Ahaha.My trend senses wre right.Belts will forever be in fashion.I’m looking for a studded,classic black and a weaved brown belt for fall.
    Nice post!
    http://sharifaknows.blogspot.com/

  20. Q8 fashionista permalink
    1 September 2008 12:36 pm

    love that Horse Belt!!

  21. 18 September 2008 1:17 pm

    omg, that horse belt is too cute

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