Obi Belt 1 (With a Dress)

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Obi Belt for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Worn with a Dress

Quote of the day: “The time is always right to do what is right ” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Another week….another theme for the 3 of us! And this week, I’m tackling a subject item that many older women don’t wear much! And that’s a belt. I know Nancy doesn’t usually wear a belt because she’s short waisted (although Janeane wrote an entire post on the subject-here). And many older women I talk to, say that they’ve gained too much weight in their belly area to feel comfortable wearing a belt.

However, since my mother made the 3 of us an obi belt, I thought I’d work it into a blog series. And even if you normally don’t think about adding a belt to your outfit, maybe one of our outfits, will inspire you to tiptoe outside of your comfort zone! Either that or you’ll say, no way do I want to cut my body in half with a piece of fabric–ha ha!

Thus let me begin with putting our obi belt over a dress.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I wasn’t originally planning to wear my dress over my jeans. But let’s just say the day got away from me, and I had to punt! Needless to say the movie The Dressmaker is fabulous for those of you wanting to see it!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Our obi belts are a reddish color. Not exactly dark red. There’s a pinkish purple cast to it depending on what the material is against. So I thought I’d wear a mishmash of accessories. I put in my bright pink earrings (and wore them the correct way this time—thank you so much to the reader who commented last time to tell me how they should be worn!) and a burgundy necklace.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

This dress is a shift dress with absolutely no shaping. I’ve worn it on the blog for our Animal Print series here, here & here. It’s one of those, I don’t ever just wear by itself, since it makes me look like a rectangle!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

And here we are getting ready for our Spanish class at Arapahoe Community College! For those of you who already know a second language, let me tip my hat to you—it’s so hard but fun!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Dress: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Jeans: Makers of the True Original (similar here a little lighter wash)~~Sweater: Valerie Stevenes (similar here)~~Boots: Shoe Mint (similar here)~~Belt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Necklace: Maurices (similar here)~~Earrings: BaubleBar (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Instead of layering a shirt under Nancy’s dress, I added a fringed jacket that you’ll see more of later this week.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Just for comparison sake, here’s the post when Nancy was wearing the same dress without a belt! Of course, it wasn’t as chilly outside either, so we didn’t need layers and boots!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

I figured since Nancy was wearing her obi belt and there was fringe on the jacket, we didn’t need a ton of accessories. I had her put on her red longer earrings and figured she was good.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

This is definitely a summery dress. In the past, I would never even try to make it work in the autumn months, but I decided to give it a go. What do you think?

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Dress: Liz Claiborne (similar here)~~Jacket: Metrostyle (here)~~Boots: Michael(similar here)~~Belt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom’s dress is a great sweater dress from Charming Charlies. It really has no shaping, but I think it does work without a belt because of the interest at the neck.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

The white furry part is actually a scarf. It’s one of those scarves that maybe you’ve seen on Facebook. Where there’s a woman showing 10,000 ways to wear it, including as a dress.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

I like how the belt color mirrors the fair isle pattern at the top!  My mom wanted to make the cuffs of this sweater tighter against her wrists. So she used a fabric headband from long ago and wrapped it twice under the cuff.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Dress: Charming Charlies (similar here with the fair isle all over or here plain)~~Boots: (similar here in a suede)~~Belt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

If you’re a newer reader to the blog, feel free to check out our prior outfits and themes we’ve shown in the Past Posts tab at the top of the menu anytime you wish! And thanks for reading my family’s styling adventures!!

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If you’re interested in an obi belt for yourself, I scouted out quite a few different varieties and colors!!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I think Obi belts are chic, flexible and versatile. Looks nice in all 3 outfits. I am loving Nancy’s floral dress with the soft green fringe jacket. Brilliant combo and looks great on her.

    • This is one of my fave outfits on Nancy! She’s not much of a belt wearer, so I always have to twist her arm to put one on!!

  • This is the perfect belt for a dress. It adds a nice pop of color too

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!!

  • I saw this belt in some shop lately. They styled a few outfits with it. I can say you did it much better. o) Thank you for linking up with My Red Carpet.

    Anna xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a nice thing to say Anna—thanks for that!!

  • ADA

    I love OBI belts. I own several. I love how all of yours are red and festive. I love the pairing of red with leopard so yours is my favorite look, Jodie. But I must say I also love your mom’s outfit. Her fair aisle sweater dress is the cutest!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ada!!
      Red & leopard seems like such an easy match—so much so that I have to remind myself to try other colors at times–ha ha!
      Happy weekend!

  • I definitely fall into #teamnobelt
    All of you, on the other hand are rockin’ it!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know—Nancy feels the same way. But sometimes, I think it can look good!!

  • I love such belts! They emphasize the waistline, and in such a way emphasize the feminity of the body) Like this post! I enjoied it while reading!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Olya!!
      It’s nice to hear other women say they like belts too!!

  • I think this belt is a fun detail that can spice up any outfit…well done!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!

  • I love how you guys styled the belt, the bow is too cute!

    Don’t forget to join the Fashion Frenzy Linkup this Wednesday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa—-I’ll definitely be there at your linkup!!

  • Hilda Smith

    Great post the styling with the belt on all three.👍

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Hilda!!

  • I love the belt! Great styling! Such an awesome addition to your outfits! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo!!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    This belt looks great! I love a good belt! It can make the perfect accessory!
    Stylin In St. Louis

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jacqueline!!

  • The belt adds such great shape to a dress!! I love it. And I must say that fringe coat is AMAZING!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t the fringe so fun Joti??
      I’ve been on an olive green kick lately too!!
      You’ll see all three of us in it on Wednesday!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Mucho tiempo hay pasado desde hablé español mucho, pero me gusta que tu y Rob lo están aprendiendo! (I’m not even sure if that’s correct anymore! !Tengo que practicar!!!!

    Obi belts are so fun! I like to play with where I put them on my waist to create different shapes. What you’ve done here is fun too! Nancy’s outfit, for what it’s worth, is totally autumn because of the colors you’ve paired the dress with. I’m so impressed!!

    Abrazos, 😘

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ooooohhhhh….we can practice when we’re out visiting. Although I have to tell you when I first see anything in Spanish, it makes me nervous!! Then I just have to slow down and try to figure it out!!
      I do love our obi belts—and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a color I love!
      Thanks for the love,

  • I have not seen the video of the woman wearing the scarf as a dress but now you have peaked my interest. LOL

    Isn’t the Dressmaker a wonderful movie? I loved it!

    Nancy’s outfit is my favourite this time around.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think this is the link: about the scarf worn many ways—I think part of it is the yarn is so stretchy—-although my mother made it perfectly clear that she would not be wearing it as a dress in any way, shape or form! Ha ha—of course when you see the video, you’ll realize the woman is a thin, small thing!!
      We absolutely loved that movie—it made us laugh & cry!!
      Thanks for the wonderful comment—it will make Nancy’s day!

  • Judy Gramith

    I LOVE the fact that it was Charlotte who gave everyone the little gift that caused a fashion adventure for all of you. What a great way to use a bright fabric!
    Those jeans seem to have a “moto” style with the extra seaming near the knees and are very fun paired with the belt and dress.
    Nancy can probably use this belt with many dresses. It looks perfect with this one!
    Charlotte has a festive, warm look for the holidays! She is darling in her fuzzy scarf and cute Nordic sweater dress. The OBI makes it more sophisticated and flatters her curves!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It does make a nice theme when mom comes up with these great idea (and has the fabric too)!!
      Thanks for such nice comments, Jude—-and I can’t wait to see you outfit!!!

  • Jacqui

    I like all three looks. Really fun and stylish.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jacqui!!

  • dan

    Your dress looks really cute with the fuchsia belt! I also like how you styled it with the jeans underneath…a modern ensemble that suits you!

    I can’t imagine a single piece of clothing which makes you look a rectangle!! It’s impossible on your perfect silhouette!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I always said I should try wearing jeans under a dress—I just didn’t think I was going to do it for this post! But it’s definitely a different look!
      Thanks for such a nice comment, Dan—but really—if you saw this dress on me without any belt or jacket—it’s a little humorous!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Well, thank you for teaching me something new. I never heard of an Obi belt until I read this post. I have seen them, but never knew (or cared to find out) what they were called. But these outfits look great and I think it is in part to what you have done with the belt. I love your dress over jeans (have you seen that somewhere else, ha, ha.) But yours works and I think the part I like about it is how you cuffed the jeans to show off your booties. It just makes your whole outfit fun! Nancy’s outfit is a perfect transition to fall and I think the jacket and boots add texture and interest. Mom’s is so cute. She looks so youthful and ready for a fun day out! Great post Jodie! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny, because I vacillated over whether to retake these photos with no jeans under my dress. I’m certainly not used to the look, and it doesn’t seem as nice. But I decided to just go with it—I mean I wore it to class that evening and no one gasped and laughed, right?
      I really appreciate your wonderful comments and kind words Amy!! Thanks and happy Monday!

  • Lorena Lorena

    Yay for your obis !
    I am an obi belt fan – they are usually comfortable to wear and make a difference in an outfit.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They really are nice! Since this is my first one, I really didn’t know much about them. But what I really like is they basically fit no matter what! I don’t have to worry about a hole for the buckle!

  • All three outfits are great!



    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Floortje!!

  • I really love this look on everyone. The belt is very flattering. I too, don’t often wear belts, although I find myself recently looking for a wider cognac of leopard belt. Jodie, OMG, I think I have the same shift dress coming to me, Is it LOFT? I just bought a leopard shift from AT Loft on PM, and it looks like it might be, Great minds… Love the colors on you all!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!
      This dress is probably basically the same (of course—we are so alike!!). I did get it at Ann Taylor’s probably 2 years ago on a final sale. And it’s been a fun buy—I definitely have gotten my value from it! Can’t wait to see yours!

  • This is so cute!! Looks great on everyone 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Keri!!

  • Good timing, I just tried one on last night and really loved it! Love the leopard print with it.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are a very fun accessory—now I just need to remember to wear it!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    I am still looking for an obi belt.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do like my mom’s design a little better—with the narrower ties. Both Nancy’s & mine are the same width for the entire belt!!

      • Nicole Mölders

        I prefer wide belts as I have a long torso. Smaller ones are better on a short torso.

  • These pops of red are beautiful in each outfit. Love the belt!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mary—I probably wouldn’t have bought one of these belts myself. It’s so nice to have a mother who loves sewing her designs!!

  • This belt is so pretty, you ladies look great!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Aracely!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Dear Jodie, you all look great with this belt. This color is amazing and perfect to outfit and jewelry.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tina!!
      I do love red as a pop of color—besides then it really ties in my glasses!! 🙂

  • RedTagChicLA

    Awww you ladies all look adorbs in your outfits!!!!

    I’m officially back to blogging after a 2-week hiatus – please check out what I’ve come up with!

    Happy Monday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rebecca!!

  • I always look forward to seeing what item you’ll be styling this week. Love the bow belt and the color. It will be fun for holidays. It pairs perfectly with eat outfit! Well done.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hmmm…that’s a great idea about using this belt for the holidays!! Thanks for the suggestion Amy!!

  • Nancy s fringe jacket is great and what a beautiful combination with her dress! The Touch of red looks very nice on all of you!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Well, MAYBE, after reading this post I will get out my Eileen Fisher Obi Belt. It cost a fortune and is gather dust.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly right Bernadette. You have it, so might as well wear it.
      And sometimes, with a little experimenting, you’ll find many perfect outfits that really benefit from it!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    A fun punch of red in an obi belt, what’s not to love? I have 3 obi’s in black, cognac and light blue. I adore them! i do like making every item as versatile as possible so like the idea of extending Nancy’s dress for Fall/Winter.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think so too Tracey!
      Maybe it’s because we are accessory maximalists…and a belt it just another fun accessory, right?