Obi Belts Worn With a Skirt

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Obi Belt Worn With a Skirt

Quote of the day: “Success should be worn like a t-shirt, not a tuxedo.” Priyanka Chopra

I almost think this is my favorite way to wear our obi belts from this series. My rationale is the belt basically ties the shirt & skirt together nicely. And Jude, my blogette, was able to join us again—so scroll down to see all 4 of us!

My wonderful mother made these obi belts for us with some leftover material from her stash! You can see that they are not exactly the same. Mom first made her belt, and doubled the material for the wide portion. However, she said this was too much work, and thus skipped that step for Nancy’s & my belt! Mom also made her ties narrower. She didn’t do this for our belts because she said she didn’t know our exact measurement. So Nancy & I wrapped it around our waist one and a half times and then were able to tie the ends wherever it fits.

The other two ways we wore our obi belts were over a dress, here, and over a shirt, here. You be the judge and tell me what you think in the comments below.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Ever since I did the post on wearing your ankle boots with dresses or skirts, I have been obsessed with this look. I’m not sure why one style or item will resonate with me sometimes, but I just love this particular look!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

I’ve also joined in on the choker necklace craze. I’m not sure a black one would be as flattering on me with my complexion, so I opted for this red bead one. To me, it’s a little more subtle. Besides, I felt the need to carry the red from the obi belt into the rest of my outfit somehow.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

This sweater was an unexpected find from Maurices a couple of years ago. I love that it’s a mesh sweater, so warmer for the cooler months, yet not too warm. It also has a faux leather trim along the zipper and neck!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

This skirt was absconded from my mother’s closet. She has the matching jacket (check it out in the post from 2 years ago here) which fits her fabulously. The skirt fit me, so we split up the set!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Skirt: Georgiou Studio-thrifted (similar here)~~Cardigan: Maurices (similar here)~~Top: The Limited (similar here)~~Boots: Shoe Mint (similar here)~~Belt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I had Nancy put on her maxi skirt to style with the obi belt.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

 Since we picked a casual sweatshirt cardigan as her topper, I wanted to add in a large necklace. Nancy even pulled out the blue earrings since there are some blue beads on the necklace!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

This is the same maxi skirt that Nancy & mom wore this summer for our Maxi Skirt series here, here & here. And looking back, I can see that none of those outfits involved tucking in the shirt to the maxi. Like I said in the first post of this series, Nancy isn’t a fan of tucking in her shirts. But she actually liked it this time with this belt.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

This day was warm, so we weren’t worried about the slit up the side. But in the colder months, I could see Nancy wearing tights and her tall, grey boots with this skirt.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Skirt: Old Navy (here it’s under $10 now!)~~Cardigan: Land’s End (similar here as a sweater with no hood)~~Top: Cold Water Creek (similar here)~~Boots: Impo (similar here)~~Belt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Necklace: DSW (similar here with lots of colors but not as bulky)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: For mom’s obi belt outfit with a skirt, I had her put on her faux leather skirt. You know the next sentence will be, and my mom made her skirt–ha ha!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

I can see how the earrings get a little lost in the print of mom’s shirt. She did point that out when we were styling this outfit. But then again, it’s nice to style outside the rules at times!

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Just like with these obi belts that mom made for the 3 of us, it’s the same with the leather skirt. Mom made us each a skirt so we could do an entire series around the item. If you missed that series last March, you can check it out here, here & here.

Obi Belts Worn 3 Different Ways.

Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Blouse: Sigrid Olsen (similar here)~~Shirt under the Blouse: Rafaella (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here)~~Belt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Jude (Blogette): Jude has a black obi belt that she used to tie together her two different prints! See….it’s not just us bloggers that mix our prints!!


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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For those of you who would consider an obi belt too wide, I found some skinny belts for your shopping pleasure!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I liked the Obi with dresses and over tops, but I think I like it with skirts the best! Love all the looks above. Nancy’s necklace is gorgeous and I covet Charlotte’s skirt every time I see it. Your little leopard skirt is darling.

    • It is a great way to tie together (pun..ha ha) the skirt & top, I think, Kathleen!!
      I was just trying to make my obi belt lay better, because it overlaps in the back—that’s why I haven’t worn it much since these photos…

  • I love yours knotted – it almost looks like a sweet little bow! I have a red obi belt that I bought from a boutique in Savannah, and it has super long ties so you can tie it in a variety of ways. You can even twist and wrap the ends into a rosette! I agree that obi belts are a great way to pull a top and skirt together and make it look like a dress. Yours really pulls that solid tee and printed skirt together, and the red just pops against that backdrop.

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really should get into the habit of perusing my belts more when I put together an outfit—they really can tie together the pieces so well!!
      Thanks for stopping by Liz and happy weekend!

  • d c

    Love all of these creative looks, and am in awe of your mom’s sewing skills!
    Also, it really is amazing how you have shown that one small, special accessory can really make an outfit stellar!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words!!
      My mom is so talented, and I’m finally at an age when I really appreciate it (I’m a slow learner–ha ha)

  • Anna Parkes

    I still haven’t got myself an Obi belt yet, but am always on the look out when I go charity shopping. I love these wide belts as they really pull a look together don’t they? And a final word on Judy and her styling – fab to see your blogette stepping into the limelight again!
    Anna x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it a fun piece Anna?? I probably wouldn’t have bought one myself before blogging, but they really can be styled so nicely!!
      I love having Jude work with us—it’s fun to see how other women will style the same category!
      Thanks for stopping by and happy Monday!

  • Wow – all FOUR of you have owned this style now! I love the way the belts pull the styles together. Thanks for linking up, xox


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s fun to play with accessories…they certainly add a pop to the outfits!!
      Thanks for your kind words Patti!

  • PetiteOver40

    I’ve enjoyed all three posts on the obi belt, Jodie, but I think I may be with you and really appreciate this last one the most. I love all the colors you’ve chosen to work together and there is something about all three outfits that have an edginess to them, sort of rocker chic. And, of course, Jude is a rocker as well! Love all of these.

    PS: I think a black choker would look magnificent on you. I like the one you chose here, but you could pull off black for sure, especially if it has a little dangly jewel on the front.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well—I may just have to try a black choker then. It would be wrong of me to hope other women try things out of their box, and not do it myself, right?

  • Fun post! I love your mom and her sewing skills, the skirt is fabulous!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom is quite talented!!!
      Thanks for the kind words, Brooke and happy weekend!!

  • So much fun Jodie.
    Your mum is clever, isn’t she?… what skilful fingers she has!
    This Obi series has been great.
    I loved them “over a shirt”…or a top, here in Scotland.

    I love an Obi belt too.
    There is something very sexy about them. I’m not sure what, but it works!
    Your outfit is something I would happily wear tomorrow (although, I would need tights and some thermals! Hahahaha) and probably a polo neck too.
    I love the colours in Nancy’s outfit and everyone’s texture mixes.
    Judy did great too, mixing her patterns.

    Bravo ladies!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for stopping by Samantha! We have been incredibly lucky with our weather lately—and you don’t hear me complaining!!

  • I totally agree with you that the belt ties the shirt and skirt together. It reminds me of a design technique I use to tie two things together. You ladies with your smiles always make me smile! Julia

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such an uplifting comment Julia!!

  • Loving the looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dora…and happy weekend!!

  • Rosy Flynn

    These are all pretty ways to wear a belt with a skirt, everyone looks amazing 🙂

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Rosy!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    You all look amazing. More ideas for my obi belt.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad you think so Bernadette!! It’s just trying to remember it and working it into an outfit!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Well, I have my outfit laid out for going to see a play tonight and it;s a black dress with a cognac obi belt and a emerald green cardigan. Not sure I will get photos because it wlll be dark by the time I get dressed. This has been a fun series and right up my alley. It is so special that your mother made yours.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really love the belt especially over a dress—now, I just need to remember to wear it more!!
      I hope you had a great time at the play!
      I was at my knitting retreat this weekend, and was knitting up a storm!

  • Judy Gramith

    Another successful OBI posting. I loved being a part of it!
    Jodi your boots and jacket are darling with the Obi. The jacket is especially cool.
    I really like Nancy’s colorful necklace and the blue earrings pop the blue of her baby blues!!
    Charlotte is quite the funky gal! She is really killing it in her faux leather , Obi and boots. Please tell her for me, “you go girl!!”

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so fun having you as my “blogette” Jude!!
      I really appreciate you joining in with us!!

  • I love, love, love it all!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!

  • I love this Jodie! The leather trim on your cardi and the leopard print skirt. Of course I love the booties, that is understood! 🙂 Your mom is an amazing seamstress, looks great in the leather skirt and love Nancy’s leopard booties. I really like the thicker obi belt on and the color!
    have a great weekend!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jess!
      I think the color of our belts make them certainly unique.
      I haven’t really been in the habit to wear belts much, so this has been great for getting me to style them!

  • Very nice to wear it over skirts! It s a beautiful shade of red!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!!
      I hope your having a fabulous weekend—I was at my knitting retreat this weekend, knitting up a storm!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    I’m not one for wide belts but I really like the look of the obi belts…and of course Mom made them…lol! She is a sewing genius. You’re outfit is fabulous, one of my favorites!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit that I certainly appreciate my mother’s sewing skills more now than I ever did!
      Thanks for such a lovely comment!!

  • Gorgeous looks! You all three look stunning! Jodie, your outfit is so nice, so well-thought, I love the combination of your yellow top, printed skirt, and cardigan, and the obi belt balances, and adds the touch of feminity. I love Nancy’s and Charlotte’s looks as well, their outfits are very sophisticated and refined. I love this post

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Olya!! You are always such a trove of positivity!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Love these, Jodie. Your Spicy Mustard tee works so well with the leopard print skirt, and the belt is a great way to create a different pop of color. I really like the skirt and bootie look too! Especially with tights. Love Nancy’s booties…leopard print again. You should have had Mom carry a leopard print clutch. Ha ha. I know the theme wasn’t leopard print, I’m just obsessing that you all are so on trend!! Jude is hitting that print mixing and monochrome look, spot on! Great posts on these belts, Jodie. I really love your series, as they make me anxious to come back and see what you do next! Have a great weekend, lovely! -Amy

    • Judy Gramith

      Thank you for your very kind comment Amy. It must be fun to follow Jodi and company with your own dear mom!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oh, Amy—-you must be able to read my mind (and my blogging schedule calendar….)!! I have animal prints coming out the end of November!!
      Thanks for the lovely encouragement—it’s always such a pleasure reading your comments!!