Style | Sartorial Soul Mates: A Vintage Skirt and a Clashing Vintage Belt

I find fashion rules tedious — so many don’ts! But there’s one I always abide by: replace the belt a piece comes with. Swapping out the waist-cincher that’s included with your dress/coat/shorts/slacks/whatever lends a personal touch. Besides, the belt a piece comes with isn’t always of the highest quality.

So what do you do with the original belt after you’ve unbuckled it? Keep it!

The pink and black belt in the first few shots came with the vintage secretary dress above. When I reworked the dress as part of The Anthology’s Before and Afters, I cinched it with a vintage Yves Saint Laurent belt and stowed the original.

Until now. With its wonky graphic print, this black-and-white skirt called out for a zig-zag print belt in a bright hue. Just because they weren’t made for each other doesn’t mean they weren’t meant to be together!

[T-shirt c/o Simons. Braided sandals by Elizabeth and James. Coach briefcase. Vintage skirt, belt and necklace.]

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  • Reply lisa July 19, 2012 at 9:54 am

    The pattern clash works beautifully!

  • Reply Kelsey Dundon July 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    It’s so random, but so perfect, isn’t it?

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