Obi Belt for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Worn over a Shirt
Quote of the day: “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” Dan Millman
An obi belt by definition is considered more of a sash than a leather belt. But even if you don’t have one of these types of belts in your wardrobe, you could certainly substitute a regular belt or even a piece of long ribbon instead.
My reasoning for touching on this subject in the first place, is because my wonderful mother had to use up some leftover suede like material from one of her projects. Thus all three of us got an obi belt!
I started off pairing it over a dress, in the last post, here. Now I tried putting it over a shirt. I didn’t want to use it with pants like you would with a belt in your belt loops. I figured that would be a lot of work when you needed a pit stop. Thus I experimented with outfits that you wouldn’t have to untie and then retie the belt for that event!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I put my belt over a turtleneck sweater, but then layered a jacket over it. The jacket is not fitted, so I was hoping to make it look like there was a waist under there somewhere!
I found this whimsical brooch at a thrift store in Michigan when we were there visiting last month (for a mere $1). I added my pearl earrings since there were small pearls on the pin too!
I’m sure Coco Chanel would say I didn’t need earrings, a brooch, a belt AND 3 bracelets. But since I’ve never been much of a minimalist, I wore them all anyways!
My jeans have this burgundy tint on the seams and pockets. The brand is Second Yoga, and they are the most comfortable jeans, I really have to admit!
Jeans: Second Yoga (similar here in an all over burgundy)~~Jacket: Mom made it (similar here in a different material & longer)~~Turtleneck: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Shoes: Mix No.6(similar here)~~Belt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s belt over the shirt look, I went with a longer sweater than mine. But it’s still not a tunic like I had mom wear.
The earrings has all the same colors as the outfit and again we left off a necklace for Nancy.
We still tied the belt first, but then added the brooch to keep the belt in place and add a little bling!
I realized that the belt and jeans aren’t exactly the same shades. It sorta reminds me of a post Rena just did about Crimson & Burgundy! How do you all feel about this? Does it look okay, or does it hurt your eyes?
Jeans: Fabrizio-Gianni (similar here with tummy control, no less)~~Sweater: The Limited (similar here)~~Shoes: Aerosoles (here)~~Belt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here same colors, different shape)~~Brooch: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom and I experimented with turning her belt backwards, but she hated how the width cut her in half. That’s why we added in the scarves and kept the ties of the belt in front.
Mom’s first reaction was to pick out red or garnet earrings, but I wanted to add in a different color from the scarf. You really don’t see the green earrings from far away, but I like how they sparkle and pick up the green in the scarf.
I saw this method of using 2 scarves tied together on Brenda Kinsel’s blog the other day. Since mom has a plethora of scarves, I figured it would be a perfect way to start showcasing more than one at a time!
I had mom wear her leggings since her tunic covered her tush! And it helps that mom’s leggings are more like a pant in that they aren’t really tight.
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I found some interesting belts that don’t cost an arm & a leg!