Here’s a question for you: What do you do with the belts that are no longer big enough to go around your waist? Let’s see, is there a different way to say this?
What do you do with a belt that you loved wearing but you don’t wear belts that much anymore (perhaps the non-usage has something to do with a new and different waistline)?
Do you purge them? Do you take them to a consignment store? Do you pass them down to a daughter?
Before you let them out of your sight, try them as a necklace. Yes, a necklace.
I bet when you look at this necklace on my client’s bed above, you’re thinking, ‘What a cool leather tassel necklace!’ It is, but it started out as a belt for a lovely dress. A few years back when this belt wasn’t fitting properly around my client’s waist she said, “Well, I guess it’s time to let go of this.”
“No,” I said. “Let’s try it as a necklace first.”
It was fabulous! She had a new dynamic necklace in her accessories wardrobe. Last week I was making some winter outfits for her and wanted a necklace with some substance. “What about your belt necklace?” I said. We pulled it out, put it over a black Tippi sweater, added the brown wool Carlisle Collection vest with ribbed edges and it was only, well, PERFECT!! She planned to wear it that night.
More shrinking belts
I have another client who had a problem with a shrinking belt. It was a metal belt by Chrome Hearts. She was very attached to it because it was Chrome Hearts, a line she’d collected for years. It’s a company that makes things that look very rock and roll. Maybe Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones wear’s their bracelets or leather motorcycle jackets. I wanted to figure out a way for her to keep it because she loved it so much. I quickly saw it as a necklace. In this case she took it to her jeweler to have the belt closure taken off so it would be one continuous circle of cool metal pieces. It’s awesome!
I had a similar problem (and solution) with a belt that I wasn’t wearing anymore. I figured out the reason I wasn’t wearing it was because the padding I used to have on my butt shifted to the front of me and expanded my waistline.
Did I feel bad about that? Not for one second! I loved the way it wrapped gray leather and links together. I didn’t want to give it up. I took it and put it around my neck and said, “There, now you’re a necklace.” It was happy and I was happy.
Today I pulled it out to wear over my white Chico’s shirt and my black Trina Turk leather vest. To give it some company and kind of camouflage the belt, I added bracelets that were either leather or had gunmetal tones. One is a Calleen Cordero black leather cuff with metal patterns on it. On the other wrist I layered my Fitbit with a lovely horn gunmetal bracelet and an organic looking cuff with hematite beads on it. I added a gunmetal Calleen Cordero bag with metal detail. I added some great quartz dangling earrings courtesy of my friends the Sol Sisters to make the look a little softer and then I met a friend for a glass of wine in town at the Girl and the Fig.
Did my friend say, “Wow, why are you wearing a belt around your neck?” No, she did not.
And your friends won’t say that either when you try this in your hometown! With certain kinds of belts, it can be an easy transition. Have fun playing with this idea and let me know how it goes, okay?