After a short break, we’re back with Five Take! The idea behind Five Take is pretty simple. One theme, five people… resulting in five different looks. The only restriction is having to shop from our closets. Sounds easy enough, right?
Lately I’ve been stressed – school, work, missing home and my family… besides, July is not exactly my favorite month. Which I’ll get into later… but it is nice to get back to blogging with a challenge that is right up my alley – belts!
Shirt – Ross, 1x
Skirt – Vintage, via Cupcakes and Muffintops
Cardigan – Talbots, 2x
Shoes – Clarks, 11
Belt – Talbots, 2x
Belts are my favorite accessory. I’m a belt junkie. I have WAY too many. They can be functional or decorative, add a pop of color, change a shirt into a dress, help with “fit” and much more.
I’ve come full circle – from not wearing belts, thinking I couldn’t wear them… to wearing them with everything. And now, I’m actively trying to avoid the knee-jerk reaction to belt, belt, belt. I only succeed half the time, but that’s okay.
One thing I’ve learned is that a belt can be a great accessory, but it is just another styling tool, and not necessary for every outfit. The most common reasons I wear a belt are – for a pop of color or “fit”.
I’ve been dying to wear this (ridiculously expensive, just a warning) cardigan from Talbots that I got on a shopping trip with my friend Julie a few weeks ago. Today it was unseasonably cool, so I thought I’d wear it over a simple black base, to highlight the sweater, and drove to matchy town with the shoes, belt and lipstick.
I’ve gone the way of the Land’s End dress with these belts – I picked up multiple colors in their summer sale. Non-elastic, patent leather belts in bright colors? Kryptonite.
Tonight Chris and I went out for dinner with one of his long time friends. Our companions said it was their first double date as a couple – ours too! Actually, I was informed that we’re apparently “past dating”. Should that end since we’ve lived together for a handful of months? Hmmm… debatable!
Since our outing went well past sunset, we tried to think of a place that had enough light to take pictures for today’s post. I broke my flash on the 4th of July (first a lens, now the flash, what’s next?) and there aren’t too many places to take pictures after dark!
Nearby there is a parking garage that seemed pretty well lit, but taking pictures in public spaces after dark is kind of risky – especially in Texas. Which turned out to be true. A security guard approached us and asked what we were doing, but was surprisingly nice about it. I think he would have given us a few minutes to finish up but both of us felt kind of guilty and left.
It is a shame, the lighting was pretty good!
My favorite belts have always been the 2″, elastic variety. One problem I have with elastic belts is that they migrate. No matter what, the belt moves up until it is what my brother deemed a “boob belt”. Thanks Mitch!
As I got more comfortable, I started experimenting with more non-elastic belts but they can be difficult to find in plus sizes, especially in bright colors (my favorite). I have less “migration problems” with traditional belts because I can tighten them up. When the skinny belt became a trend, I wasn’t sure it would work for my shape because as belts do… they move up and skinny belts have a tendency to disappear. Poof!
Moving and my ever-changing sartorial preferences have made me realize that I’ve outgrown my collection of belts. I used to alternate through many, but now I stick with a handful of favorites.
Looking to start (or augment) your own collection? Here are a few of my favorite places:
Torrid – elastic/non-elastic, styles and colors vary, sizes 1-5
Re/Dress – elastic belts, black and 4 colors, one size (works best for 2x-4x)
Fashion To Figure – very similar (if not identical to Re/Dress), several colors available, one size
Talbots – various fashion elastic/non-elastic belts, some leather, 1x-3x
Target – XXL belts can be surprisingly stretchy
And of course… always check out the thrift store, if that’s your thing! I have a few that are fantastic. The 80s was a great time for elastic belts with amazing buckles. You can even replace the elastic if it is worn out or gross – I’ve done it.
Check out how the other Five Take ladies wore their belts:
Do you wear belts? What is your favorite belted outfit?