Belts do a lot more than merely hold your pants up. They accentuate your waist (or hips if you’re wearing the belt around your hips) and add style and definition to an outfit. As in most fashion items, practicality meets visual aesthetics. In addition to the punch and pizzazz that a belt can add to your fashion ensemble, the belt buckle can add volumes to spice up your gorgeous garments.
A belt buckle is a buckle, a clasp for fastening two ends, such as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other. Belt buckles are used on a variety of belts, including cingula, baltea, baldries and waist belts.
Belt Buckle Fun Fact: The word belt buckle enters Middle English via Old French and the Latin buccula or “cheek-strap,” as for a helmet.
Belt buckles go back at least to the iron age and a gold “great buckle” was among the items interred at Sutton Hoo. Primarily decorative buckles were common Anglo-Saxon goods at this time, elaborately decorated and associated only with men. Women’s belts and belt buckles have come a long way, being worn for trendy, vogue reasons as much as for keeping pants and skirts up!
As an element of fashion, things just seem to work better when they look better! Pure belt gold!
Popular Types of Belt Buckles:
- Frame-Style Buckles: This is the oldest design. A prong attaches to one end of the frame and extends away from the wearer through a hole in the belt, where it anchors against the opposite side of the frame.
- Plate-Style Buckles: These buckles are common on western military belts of the mid 19th century, often featuring a three-hook clasp.
- Box-Out Buckles: Usually made with an enduring leather or other synthetic material as the band, these belt buckles are less functional and more fashionable.
- Box-Frame Buckles: A 20th century style of military friction buckle, common on web belts. This buckle consists of three parts: front, back and post.
Buckle up in beautiful belts!
Belts look great whether thin or thick, and can be found made from leather, rhinestones, beads, felt, crochet, chains, elastic. Belt buckles became more popular as fashion accessories in the early 20th century, as the tops of trousers moved more toward the waist.
Western style belt buckles were largely popularized by cowboy movies in the United States and are more often awarded to winners in rodeo events as prize medals or trophies. This custom has been adopted by the Western States Endurance Run and other ultra-marathons.
Don’t walk…run, and put your fancy belt buckle on! Giddy up cowgirl!
Belts look great and spice up an outfit even when worn on garments that don’t have sewn in belt loops. Do you have an oversized shirt or blouse that you want to doll up? Just put on a waist belt. Not only have you added extra oomph to the look of your outfit, but you’ve accentuated your waist and given proportion to your physique. All women are beautiful, don’t hide what you’ve got under baggy clothes (unless that’s the look you’re going for)!
Are you wearing a skirt with a tucked in blouse, or hip hugger pants? Chain belts look exceptionally attractive and alluring when worn around the hips. Sensual and sexy!
Belt Buckle Fun Fact: Decorative buckle sets may contain a metal buckle, one or more matching loops which sit next to the buckle and a metal tip for the opposite, tongue end of the belt. Belt plates are decorative covers for a plain buckle or fittings affixed to the belt itself. Decorative belt loops are sometimes awarded in scouting for participation in or completion of activities.
Add glitz and glam with a brassy belt to upgrade your outfit just because you can!
Buckle up in chic belts and blast off!
“Your shirt is cute but it’s missing something.”
“Do I need to wear a necklace or perhaps a matching ring?”
“No, add an accessory to the top that has style and flair.”
“I’ll put on a rhinestone flower pin and curl my hair.”
“I’ve got what you need to add style and make your waist look thin.”
“This elastic belt was the answer and I don’t need to hold my stomach in.”
Breath easy while highlighting your hour-glass figure in a brassy belt!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846