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Turning a man’s tie into a lady’s belt

Turning a tie into a belt

All smiles about my tie belt and seeing my pal, Keva in J.James in Sonoma!

 

It was a hot Saturday in Sonoma. I knew I wanted to wear linen and cropped jeans. I also thought I wanted to wear a belt. But when I went through my selection of leather belts, I was not satisfied. I don’t know if you’ve experienced this or not but wearing a regular leather or metal type belt on a hot day feels all wrong! It looks too heavy. Even if it was comfortable, it looks out of place when it’s 90 degrees or higher.

My simple outfit consisting of jeans, a white linen shirt, and slip on sneakers still needed a little somethin’ somethin’, like color, like a patterned fabric belt, maybe. Now there’s an idea!

 

Tie in pocket

 

After trying all my belts, I felt dismayed, stuck.

I wasn’t asking for much, not like a designer bag, although I was planning to wear my vintage Louis Vuitton bag which I bought at SAX consignment. I wasn’t desperate for diamond earrings. My SAX consignment narrow beaded dangle earrings were light and breezy, the same way I wanted to feel. I wasn’t aching for a magnificent necklace. Even that sounded too hot. I was happy to fasten my thin pearl necklace around my neck, the one with the pearl pendant that looks like a dragonfly or a cross to me. No, I was satisfied with everything, just not the empty loops on my jeans.

Not one to give up, I got the idea to go to Russ’ closet. The sleuth in me decided that one of his ties could be my belt for the day. I liked the idea of pattern and I liked the idea of a fabric belt rather than a leather one.

 

Turning a tie into a belt

Using Russ’ tie as a belt

 

I slipped the tie through the loops. I didn’t want it poking out at the center of my body so I slid the knot over a tad. I decided I wanted the thinner end of the tie to be what sticks out. It looked daintier. I tucked the thicker end of the tie inside my jean pocket.

I can hear you now: Brenda, but what happens when you need to use the bathroom?

Good question! I tested this out before leaving the house. These jeans hit just below my waist. I was able to slip them down and pull them back up without having to loosen the tie. Fab-u-lous-o!

 

Tie as belt in pocket

 

 

Now I’m thinking of my dad’s ties. Wouldn’t it be fun to wear one of his ties? I think so!

Have you tried this trick before? How did it work out for you?

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    tam
    August 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    cute shoes! what are they? need some!

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Wellfeat is the company name.

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    Rose
    August 14, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Brenda–I like the tie as a belt idea but what happens to the tie after it’s crumpled up a bit thought the hoops and knotted? I would think that’s the end of using it as a tie. I hope Russ didn’t mind (he he).

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      I don’t think Russ even noticed! I had it in the loops and tied for a couple of weeks I bet and just took it out while I was on vacation in Minnesota. I wanted to use one of Dad’s ties instead. I’ll post a pic soon. Ties are pretty hardy. I really don’t think they’d be harmed by this at all. All you have to do is steam them out if they do leave any crinkles. Most men’s closets I see are filled with unused ties, so good for us!

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    Kathy
    August 15, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I have used ties (bought at consignment or Goodwill) and scarves as belts. I like wraping them into a rose. They do add a little punch at your waist!

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 16, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Oh, I love that look too! I’ve done that with scarves. Could be cute as a belt with high waisted pants.

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    Isabella
    August 15, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Fred Astaire would do this, if you watch his movies, you will see it. looked so cool then and still does

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 16, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      I have got to watch for his films on Turner Classic Network. If you have a specific movie in mind, let me know. Best to learn from the best!

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    La semaine d'une gourmette
    August 15, 2017 at 4:06 am

    It looks lovely on you, Brenda, but I see two problems with this for me :
    1) I would have to untie it every time I go to the loo (I have *that* kind of a waist/butt ratio…)
    2) I would be afraid of ruining the tie – am I right?

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 16, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I don’t think you’ll ruin the tie. Or if you’re nervous about it, get one that has been abandoned already and not in use. The loo part would take some time for untying. But really, not that much time I don’t think! I just wouldn’t wait last minute. Tying it up would be what takes longer. I think this would look fabulous on a pant on a woman with curves!

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    Sandi McDougall
    August 15, 2017 at 5:43 am

    And to think I just gave Goodwill 5 of Paul’s ties before our trip. He got rid of them all and bought two new ones for our trip. Darn!

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 16, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Well, they may still be there when you get back from your trip to Prague!

  • Reply
    KATHYSUE
    August 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Brenda, you look fresh and adorable very current, love it!! I was going to look for a scarf to tie around my jeans but this might be a better idea! A visit to the thrift store might be in my future!!! Love it!!

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 16, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Yes, and I will say, scarves are fabulous belts. I did look through my scarves first but they were all too wide or too much fabric. That’s when I headed to the tie section in Russ’ closet!

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    Kande Hall
    August 15, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I think this is BRILLIANT! And, it does look feminine and lighter weight for a hot day. My hubby has a lot of ties (that he never wears), I’m going to peruse his collection tonight 🙂 Thank You Brenda for this terrific idea.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      August 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      You’re welcome, Kande. Hope you found some great ones in his closet!

  • Reply
    Katherine Cramer
    August 15, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I love the print on Men’s ties. Those graphics thrill me. Back in the 80s, I worked for a bank in the Advertising Dept. I occasionally wore those lady ties in a bow at the neck of a demure collar with tiny lace trim. An eggplant vest and long matching pleated wool skirt. Oh, my remembrances date me…yet, I can nod to that time with your belt trick of 2017.
    Brava Brenda!
    Annie Hall comes back for a visit and sips tea while reminiscing in her chic men’s tie belt and distressed jeans.

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      Brenda
      August 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Don’t you just love that look on Diane Keaton in that movie? I loved it the first time and I’ve loved it every time I watch that film. And I agree, the print on men’s ties need to see the light of day more now that they aren’t wearing them as much. It’s such an art. A friend of mine created designs for men’s ties. They were so cool! Long, thin works of art.

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