Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Belt Up

I am, as you may have noticed, a big fan of belts. They can often be had for small money in charity shops, and are a great way to add interest and ring the changes in an outfit. Happily, interesting belts are also perfectly vintage, as these scans (mainly from the Sears catalogue) show. I love seeing the variety of belts available through the years!

Extravagant belts from 1915

Straight-up simplicity from 1932

Bodacious buckles in 1935

Variety in leather, 1945

Studded and Alpine styles are popular in 1946

Leather, braided and "New Look" belts in 1948

Smart and casual styles, also from 1948

Wide variety in 1949

Ideas for home-made belts from Everywoman, 1950

Waist cinchers from 1954

Leopard print, chain link and silk sashes in 1959


  1. I definitely don't own enough belts, they're such a quick and easy way of adding interest to an outfit. I was surprised by how modern some of these look too!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  2. Great post- fab inspirations!!!

  3. I love belts. It's amazing the difference they make to an outfit!

  4. Being quite short I need to wear thin belts but I do envy girls who can wear those gorgeous ruched cummerbunds.

  5. So fascinating looking at those catalog pages. It really does show you how so many styles of belt you might otherwise consider "modern" would indeed be quite vintage, too!

  6. This is fantastic, and fascinating! A handy way of checking to make sure that my belts aren't completely incongruous with my dresses too.

  7. It surprises me how modern the belts from 1915 look! They could be by some young indie designer. I love belts, too, this post gave me great delight!

  8. I'm a bit of a belt addict. It's quite excessive: I have 3 collections (waist, under-bust and hippy-hipster belts) stored in 3 bulging cases. I'm such an addict. It's just as well these catalogues are vintage or I'd be ordering some more!!!

  9. I own over 5 plaited leather belts, and have no idea how I came to get so many! I think they must have come with skirts and pants I purchased. What I am looking for at the moment is really bright belts. I do love the belt pictured here that looks slightly like a waistcoat!

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    Lovely post Charlotte, I hope you don't mind if I share it on my blog. I think these images are amazing ~ I wouldn't have known that bow belts and leopard prints are perfectly acceptable otherwise!

    bonita of Depict This!
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