Obi Belt 2 (Over a Shirt)

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

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!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

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!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

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!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

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!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

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.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

The earrings has all the same colors as the outfit and again we left off a necklace for Nancy.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

We still tied the belt first, but then added the brooch to keep the belt in place and add a little bling!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

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?

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways

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.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

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.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

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!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

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.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Leggings: Apt 9 (similar here)~~Tunic: Mom made it (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here)~~Belt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (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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I found some interesting belts that don’t cost an arm & a leg!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    You validate my comment on Obi 1 – versatile! Equally nice with tops! Again loving Nancy’s outfit. Your shoes and pin are adorable. Charlotte’s scarves are lovely.

  • PetiteOver40

    There are so many details about each outfit that I just love, Jodie! I don’t know where to start! Your jacket and those cute jeans and THE SHOES!!! I have become enamored with the idea of pairing up tailored things to unstructured things and your jacket over your obi-cinched waist is a perfect example of this. Just love it!

    Then there’s Nancy’s cute look. The favorite part of her look for me is the brooch on her belt. The way you have the belt tied combined with that particular brooch is just so charming!

    And your mom’s look is giving me ideas for Christmas gifts for my mom! It’s not to say I wouldn’t wear that exact outfit–I would! I’m a huge fan of tunics and tights and obi belts. But I’ve been trying to think of something fun and updated for my mom. This is an inspirational place to start!

    It looks like you all three were having a good time taking those photos! I especially loved the one of your mom playing in the leaves–leaves that happen to match her outfit perfectly! 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think it’s fabulous to hear that any of us can be inspirational for others Sherry—and I think it’s easier for each of us to relate to a woman our own age. So, if you’re mom would wear it—how fabulous!
      I’ve been knitting away a storm at my knitting retreat this entire weekend, so it’s been so uplifting to read your fabulous comment!
      Thanks for the love!

  • OK wow Jodie, I love the Obi belt! This is the first time I’ve heard of one. I love the way you used the brooch for a little decorative touch xo

    Carla aka Mrs R @

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carla!
      I really have been loving my accessories lately—I have them, so I might as well wear them!!

  • Love this adorable jacket on you Jodie! The pink tones and the brooch on you perfect! The belt is the best with the tops as I love the defining waistline on all of the ladie.s Love the scarf too and the attention to detail you have.
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny because I wouldn’t have added the belt to our outfits unless I was showcasing the obi belt—-but it’s interesting how it can really change the look!
      I just have to remember I have it and wear it now!!
      Happy Weekend Jess!!
      I had a great time at my knitting retreat and got some fun yarn to make a skirt—hopefully you’ll see it on the blog!

  • Anna Parkes

    At last I’ve seen the short version of my woolly winter coat, Jodie, and yes how similar they are! I read about these Obi belts on lots of blogs but haven’t come across one yet. I love the pink stitching on your jeans and that cute little brooch was an absolute bargain. Another great post from you lovely ladies!
    Anna x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Anna!!
      I remember when I first saw you wearing that coat and marveling at how similar the fabric was to the fabric my mom had.

  • Amy D. Christensen

    What fun outfits. I have to say, Jodie, what really drew my attention were everyone’s shoes. Your oxfords are fierce! Nancy’s heels are jammin’ and your Mom’s have that youthful go-go girl look. It just shows how important shoes are to completing a look. I know you love that! Great looks. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the wonderful thoughts Amy!!
      I really believe that the shoes can make such a difference!

  • Really loving your jacket Jodie! And the leaves pictures are too cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara—might as well have fun sometimes, right?

  • I love these outfits my dear, especially Jodie’s jacket, Charlotte and Nancy’s scarf!!! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Eni!!

  • Laura

    These are all so much fun! Adding the broach was such a great touch. And Jodie, your jeans are awesome! I love the burgundy accent to them!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      I’ve been concentrating on using our brooches more lately—it really seems like you can wear them almost anywhere!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Your not suppose to have favorites, but I can’t help myself, lol . I love Nancy’s look and that you dialed it down with no necklace as the color and pattern in her top are enough, I have to say your look with the cool shoes finishing it off is wonderful too and what a neat trick with two scarves in Mom’s look.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s funny you say that about favorites Tracey….because even I usually have a favorite out of the three of us!! It’s so interesting how we can be drawn to one particular styling or combination!!
      Thanks for the love—I’ll let Nancy know about your wonderful comment.

  • Great outfits! I love the looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Dora!

  • I quilted a sash back in the 80s or 90s and wore it a lot. It is like an Obi but sort of a little Americana thrown in. I use to wear it with a hunter green tunic. I really like it. I still have the sash-it took hours but I really don’t know how I would wear it now. I do have parts of real Obi belts. One I am going to turn into a clutch and the other I am going to use to restyle a jacket . I do like your pink and grey combo, especially with the plaid jacket.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s great that you still have that sash Terri—you probably could style it now, don’t you think? Especially with all the tunics & leggings out there?
      You sound just like my mom, who will keep parts of old pieces to reuse for something else!! It’s brilliant!!
      Thanks for the kind words!

  • I was actually just thinking about getting an obi belt, but now that you mention it, it would be super easy to just grab some suede and make one!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Especially since you sew Lydia!! You absolutely should make one!
      For my mom’s first one she double the suede—but then decided she didn’t need that for the other two (it made it awfully thick to sew through).
      I like that my mom’s has narrower ties in the front, but that too was more work to make it that way!!
      I do love the fact that it doesn’t really need to be a certain size—with no holes or buckle to worry about!

  • Great looks, I love the colour co-ordination! have a nice day

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • I actually don’t have a belt like this! But I love the way you styled them & how the belts are pops of colors

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!
      I wasn’t sure I’d really like this kind of belt—but it’s been a fun experiment!!

  • Judy Gramith

    One of my favorite posts!! You all look really cute in your OBIs.
    Jodie this outfit is a knockout. I really LOVE the jacket that Charlotte created. VERY cool fabric; gorgeous colors! Those jeans are perfection with the jacket and the belt.
    Nancy looks GREAT in OBIS and should consider getting more of them!!
    Charlotte steals my heart in the tossed up leaves. She is spectacular both as a seamstress, model, and mother!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it fun to try items that usually you don’t??
      Especially when they really work in your wardrobe!!
      The challenge is remembering that you have it, and putting it on!!
      Thanks for such a wonderful comment!!

  • Emily

    LOVE that pic of your mom in the leaves! So pretty!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Emily!

  • Love yours with the plaid. And that belt from revoke you linked is so cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      I probably wouldn’t have worn the belt with this outfit if I wasn’t doing this series. But I do like how the outfit turned out!!

  • Mother Daughter

    I have been thinking about getting an obi belt to wear with some of my Lularoe Carly’s. I have always liked to buy belts, I have never worn them though. lol Great looks.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think one advantage of the obi is that you can tie it wherever. Thus it should always fit no matter if your measurements change.

  • You know, I’ve gotten away from wider belts of any kind now that my waist has gotten, ahem, a little thicker 🙂 But my daughter left a very wide elastic belt in my room yesterday and I popped it on over a wrap sweater I was wearing. Not so bad! I don’t have an obi, but I get the gist…this may actually work for me!

    Love your Chanel-style jacket, too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly Em! We all think that this or that won’t work, but sometimes experimenting with the items is the best way to really see!!

  • Ha ha, you should never become a minimalist! Stunning jacket! I ordered a few brooches. I’m totally in love with brooches now because of you! So, if I was a minimalist(yeah right) I’m not anymore because of you! Ha ha ha ha

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad I could bring you over to the non-minimalist side, Nancy!!
      Thanks for such a fun comment!