The wanting a belt background story (fade to flashback): We went into a Brooks Brothers outlet store a few weeks ago and something strange happened. The vibe I usually get from BB's menswear (with the exception of their dress shirts; super high-quality those.) is "Oo, people will think I wear this on the yacht I don't have." Not exactly my thing. Until I saw a classy, unstructured blazer paired with a cool, chunky sweater. Suddenly, I was singing (maybe humming) a different tune; a tune that went something like this:
(image from tumblr.com)
I was overcome by a semi-snobby desire to dress like I spent my afternoons on a yacht. I wanted that blazer. I wanted anything like that blazer. I didn't want to spend money on that blazer. Something cheaper. Something like....that belt! I saw a red and blue belt made out of fabric with two D-rings as a closure. I loved it! Now, $25 isn't loads for a belt, but I knew I could do better.
(Fade back into the fabric store scene.)
I found the fabric, bought 1/8 of a yard for $0.50, grabbed a 4-pack of D-rings for under $2 (after 40% off coupon), and shot home. After an hour at Landen's sewing table, I had my belt (a belt of poor build-quality, perhaps, but my belt, all the same). Behold:
I kind of like how casual/almost-improv it looks.
(not crazy about this shot/outfit, but it shows, to an extent, how it can contribute to a look)
I know: it's not exactly ready for the Spring collection, but for only $1.50, I can start saving for that boat.