On The Streets: Belts to make an outfit

by jennine on June 23, 2011

I love belts, but why are they so expensive?  Ah, well, a girl could have an infinite array of belts and still be searching for the perfect one. This waist cinching tool also pulls together outfits either in texture or as a mid-body jewel. I love my feather belt from Urban Outfitters worn here with green pleats, and on the streets by the locals.

The only thing stopping me from investing in more belts is lunch… then I guess that’s what notches are for. ;)

Get the Look!

  • Vintage Southwestern Belt on Etsy $17.00
  • Black and White Woven Belt $12.99
  • Gold Feather Belt on Etsy $11

Photos by Nando Alvarez and Rocky Jacob

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Nubiasnonsense June 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

They are expensive! The first belt is lovely and so is yours in the last photo. Finding belts is so difficult if you have a small waist as well. I usually end up making extra holes in mine. Some belts can make a whole outfit… *sigh* I need more belts after reading this haha

jennine June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Oooh I think a cobbler can punch extra holes in a belt! That’s what I hear anyway.

Lindsay June 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

My latest obsession is neon belts. It’s a great way to bring color into neutral outfits, without being to over-the-top.

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veronica June 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

yep, belts tend 2 b pricey - they kinda the same as bras…….. -
great post,
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jennine June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

omg, i can’t cheap out with bras…. it’s too crazy.

Josie June 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Hmmn, I love belts but I’m just not sure I’m a belt person. Or a scarf person. I always just look a bit awkward in them. Top one is rather spectacular though.

TheStylist LA June 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Completely agree with this. We have so many belts, but still have a hard time finding the perfect one for each outfit. Love how much an outfit can be spruced up with a belt.

TheStylist LA

Jessie June 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

i love a great belt. super chic and make a look up a notch.
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SACRAMENTO June 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I love belts. I never have enough, as you very well said.
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shannon June 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Belts are style-savers, body-shapers, and wearable pieces of art…i think that’s why designers capitalized them :)
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Pam @over50feeling40 June 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

These are so affordable!! Love the feather belt from Etsy! Etsy vendors provided several items for our wedding!! I am so glad I knew about it!
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free de lulu June 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

love it .is good pics.

Joy June 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

This is just super gorgeous and amazing. Love all the little details.
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Audi June 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Actually I can tell you why leather belts are expensive, at least. For one thing it’s because if they’re made of thick, belt-weight leather (rather than sewn layers of thinner leather, which is cheaper and less durable), that leather is both difficult to obtain and expensive. Not only that, but you need to have a long, continuous piece for many of the designs, and that uses up a lot of leather — think about trying to cut straight pieces from a cow-shaped hide. With clothing and shoes you can minimize waste because you’re cutting smaller pieces that you can fit together like a puzzle, but with long strips it isn’t possible. You can only cut so many 30″ strips (for instance) from one hide before you get towards the edges and the leather isn’t long enough anymore. And finally, many belt makers also use custom hardware, which is pricey. And that’s your leathercraft lesson for the day! Love the belts!

jennine June 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

ahh… that makes sense…

however, why is a belt like this

which is basically rope… $121?

Audi June 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

That one I can’t answer. Especially when you can get a curtain tie-back from the fabric store for probably a tenth of the price, and have exactly the same belt! Like anything, you have to make sure you’re paying for quality and not just brand name. But as you say, a good belt can make the outfit!
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BeLighter June 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

My favourites are the first and the last ones! just like a piece of jewellery around your waist!
This post just reminds me, I really need more belts…
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GRIT & GLAMOUR June 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

I’m a belt addict! I do have some pricey ones, as well as low-end ones (though there are actually a lot of styles out there that are very affordable). Waist-cinchers are my faves. With your lovely figure, you’d look super in them, Jennine!
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For Those About To Shop June 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

Go for vintage: price is a little more do-able and so many interesting choices!
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Belle de Couture June 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Yes, they are quite expensive… that’s why I buy all my belts at thrift and vintage stores! I not only get them for really cheap {which allows my collection to be endless}… but I get some of the most unique belts {designer ones too!}. Great post! :)



Lisa June 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I just found a really fantastic place to “shop” for belts-all of which I got for free! My mom’s closet! I was shocked at how many amazing belts she had and was willing to part with.
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Melanie July 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I’ve always been a belt fan. I like them up high on my waist or down at my hips. Luckily, my hip to waist ratio isn’t too great so most of my belts tend to work both ways. I do work at a cobbler shop so if I find a vintage or even a new belt that isn’t quite my size, there are so many ways to make it bigger, smaller or pretty much whatever you need.
The next logical step was making my own belts which I did for myself for years before I started selling them on etsy in custom sizes. I literally have a belt for every outfit. And when someone needs to borrow one, they know where to come. I also go hunting around for vintage belt buckles to make belts for. Glad to find this post and know I’m not the only one who loves them!

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