I said I was ditching capsule wardrobes (at least in their purest form) here. But one place where I’m still all in?
I have three belts to cover all my belting needs and have been happy with this three-pack for awhile now. (I have to admit, though, that I could probably do with just one if I had to – I’m looking at you, grey skinny.)
All thrifted, in no particular order, they are:
- Braided leather – the Utilitarian Player:
Leather, no brand.
Great for jeans, darker color schemes and more casual looks. I used to have a black one, too, until I realized I don’t wear black anymore. These are super easy to thrift because they’re essentially men’s belts, so it’s easier to find a non-vanity length (read: will fit around your hips, not just your waist).
- Grey skinny – the Chic Understatement:
Leather, J. Crew.
Great for outfits where I need to hold my pants up but my shirt is tucked in and I don’t particularly want the chunky/woodsy statement of #1. Also great at the waist for subtly-hued dresses; I used a tack to push an extra hole in the leather to cinch it tighter and I tuck the extra end into the main portion of the belt. See it in action all the way back here (when I was still using tiny font to caption tiny photos).
- Leopard skinny – the Fun One:
Leather + pony (?) hair, J. Crew.
The perfect punch to bring a sober outfit up a playful notch. See it in action here.
Just as there are “bag” or “shoe” people, I imagine there are “belt” people. I admit I am not one of these, so I may be biased on how many belts it is necessary to own. What’s your optimum number of belts? Are you one of those curious and fascinating people who is tempted to buy a new (to you) belt every time you thrift, or are you happy with just one or two? Scroll down to comment!