If, like me, you’re a teensy-weensy (read, a lot) bit obsessed with Instagram, you will have seen any fashion blogger worth their salt posing in all their little-square-photo-finery in their Gucci leather logo belt, the double G proudly on show, wrapped around (often high-waisted) jeans, top tucked in for maximum opportunity to show it off. It’s a thing. It’s quite an expensive thing though… this black leather beauty will set you back £290 from Net-A-Porter, ouch:
I mean it’s lovely, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not about to drop almost £300 on a belt now am I? Especially not these days, when my ‘stay-at-home’ mum status doesn’t exactly leave me with the money rolling in. I’m not even sure I’d want to go down the somewhat now ubiquitous logo-belt route even if I was willing to splash that cash. I think I might feel a bit too, well, try-hard. Really this is probably just me trying to convince myself I don’t want or need one of these beauties, even though they are pretty bloody awesome.
Anyway, it has however got me re-thinking the whole belt thing. I don’t think I’ve really worn belts on jeans since sometime in the 90s, but I’m beginning to think I could get back involved in the belt game, so I’ve been doing bit of research. Here are a few of my favourite belts you might want to bag right now, that is if you’re not in the game for a £290 Gucci one.
Étoile Isabel Marant Zap Leather Belt – £65Crafted in France, supple black leather with polished silver buckle, this ‘Zap’ belt from Isabel Marant is a versatile wardrobe essential that you could wear with everything from jeans to floaty dresses. Also available in a rather gorgeous caramel/camel colour, I’m tempted by both, naturally.
Prada Striped Canvas Waist Belt – £125I didn’t necessarily realise that what was missing from my wardrobe was a pale pink and green striped canvas and leather belt. BUT on scrolling through ‘window shopping’ Net-A-Porter, this really Prada number jumped out at me. I’m already imagining all the ways in which I could wear it – with jeans, on dresses, to add interest to a skirt, hell maybe I’d even throw it on wearing a plain swimsuit (but remove before going in the water, natch) – and now I’m wondering how I’ve lived my life without it thus far… Shallow yes. But it is rather gorgeous is it not?
Oscar de la Renta Studded Leather Waist Belt – £188Oh god, I know really that I was meant to be shopping for cheaper alternatives to the double G Gucci leather belt and yes, £188 is cheaper than the £290 price tag that comes with the Gucci, but really £188 is hardly a sane amount of money to spend on a belt now is it? And a pink studded belt at that… BUT, but, but, bear with me now – isn’t this just a work of art? AND it is reduced, REDUCED I tell you, from £470, yes £470, that’s 60% off, on The Outnet. I am just in love with this – imagine this thrown on a pair of jeans and worn with the obligatory tucked in Tee, swoon, or worn on a boho floaty dress or even a shift. Oh so much to love about this one, plus it’s Oscar de la Renta and made in Italy. Need I say more? I think not.
Next Navy Striped Belt – £5Now I’m going from one extreme to the other I recognise, but isn’t this rather stylish and only a mere £5 – yes, you read that right, £5!! An elasticated waist band with a gold clasp, this has to be the best belt bargain out there and it’s no surprise then that it’s currently not available online, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled in-store and online for it to come back into stock. This would look great with jeans or a denim dress, definitely a brilliant bargain buy.
J.Crew Skinny Metallic Italian Leather Belt – £34.50It’s metallic gold. Enough said. Oh, and it’s £34.50. There is literally no reason not to buy this belt immediately.
Karen Millen Skinny Leather Belt in Tan – £45This is rather lovely isn’t it? Another versatile belt that could be worn just as easily with a dress as it could with jeans, I love the tan colour against the silver buckle. For me, this skinny leather belt from Karen Millen (available on Selfridges.com) has a touch of the Hermes about it, thanks to the shade of tan, but without the insane Hermes price-tag thank goodness (err, who spends £670+ on a belt?!?!).
Gap Striped Leather Belt – £19.95Perfect for a monochrome look, this striped leather belt from Gap in black and white with silver buckle is an absolute steal at £19.50 and would make a great wardrobe staple. It also comes in a red/navy colour-way which looks rather lovely too, love me a bit of red against denim, so would be perfect for accessorising jeans.
New Look Black Floral Embroidered Belt – £7.99Ok so this is leather ‘look’ rather thank leather, but c’mon what do you want for £7.99, the thing to focus on here people is the embroidered detail. Nice. I am loving the embroidered trend right now, but I’ve yet to find quite the right thing to invest in that doesn’t make me look like I’m trying too hard to be Sienna Miller and failing miserably. The perils of ageing, sigh. Anyway, this would be an easy and chic way to dip your toe into the trend and at less than a tenner to boot. Happy days.
I’m going to sleep on it, while a plain black leather is obviously the better choice as a wardrobe essential – plus I don’t have one, so there’s a hole that needs filling there – I can’t deny, it’s hard to get the pink ones out of my mind. Probably never going to be able to justify spending on the Prada or Oscar de la Renta though and my birthday isn’t around the corner sadly (or not sadly, hello turning 42, gah!), but there are a few high-street ones in there that are frankly a steal, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing me in belt but not braces very soon. Watch this space!