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Women's Designer Vintage Belts

Long worn for both practical and aesthetic reasons, in the 19th century belts were most notably found as part of Eastern European military uniforms (channelled in Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic 1976 Russian collection). As trouser waists fell lower, men started wearing belts more the way we know it – with loop hole trousers, but also with sportswear. For women, belts started to feature as a prominent fashion accessory from the 1930s onwards. Below is a brief history recap of the most defining vintage belt styles of the decades following.

1930s

In the 1930s, buckles became more decorative as designers started elaborating with their shape – geometric ones like square, rectangles, ovals and circles were popular, from imaginative materials like glass plastic, brass and wood.

1940s

In the 1940s, belts became more utilitarian, possibly because of womenswear becoming more practical and suitable for work. Durable materials such as leather, suede and canvas were used for designer belts.

1950s

With materials carrying on from the 1940s, women’s belts of the 1950s were often worn to enhance the waist and hips. Buckles covered with the same fabric as the belt were common.

1960s

In the 1960s, belts were still worn wide and again became more decorative, channelling the decade’s statement dresses and two-pieces. Vintage belts from this era are often revisited by contemporary designers.

Today, women’s designer belts come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The fashion pack has long trusted in vintage belts to define and enhance their overall ensemble – and we can think of few better ways to personalise your look than through a vintage belt! Whether you’re in for a trending Western-nodding buckle belt in soft leather; a pop colour patent 1960s Yves Saint Laurent waist belt; or an iconic monogram/logo buckle belt from the likes of Chanel, Dior, Moschino or Hermes, you’ll be sure to find your perfect fit from Open for Vintage’s superb selection of vintage belts.

OfV says: Add some attitude to a floral feminine dress with a studded leather belt; bring definition to a fluid blouse with a knot-tie embroidered waist belt; or keep those boyfriend jeans in place with a unisex monogram buckle belt. Belts are the fail-proof vintage accessory – find your favourite vintage designer belt and use it to seal your signature style.

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1970s Castlecliff Golden Eagles and Leather Belt

Style Keyword : Trousers
Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Leather, Excellent. Visible wear on metal only on sides on each square link piece, non visible from front. .
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£338.53

1980s Gianfranco Ferre Black Snackeskin Belt Golden Buckle

Gianfranco Ferre belt vintage 1980s snakeskin, black buckle golden. Colour : Black
Condition : pre-owned
Decade : 1980s
Material : leather
Currency : USD
specification : Black, leather, pre-owned
£210.00

1980's Judith Leiber Gold Tone Chain Link Belt

Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Good
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£297.16

1980's Judith Leiber Maroon Lizard Skin Belt w/ Gold Tone Buckle

Style Keyword : Socks
Style : Modern
Colour : Maroon
Gender : Female
specification : Maroon, Gold, Good
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£146.70

1980s Mimi Di N Golden Leaves Buckle Belt

Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, , Excellent
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£146.70

1980s Unknown Black Beads and Sequins Belt Bows

Colour : Black
Gender : Female
specification : Black, ,
Size : Width: None, Length:34.25 in. (87 cm)
£136.26

40s Gold Bow Belt

Length (inches) : 25.5 in.
Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Good
Size : Width: None, Length:25.5 in. (65 cm)
£319.73

70s Gold Chain Stretch Belt

Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Excellent
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£71.47

70s Gold Oval Stretch Disco Belt

Style Keyword : Sunglasses
Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Excellent
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£71.47

70s Gold Stretch Belt

Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Excellent
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£56.42

70s Leaf Buckle Gold Stretch Belt

Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Excellent
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£71.47

70's Nice Vintage Box Leather Hermes Kelly Belt

Really nice Hermes Kelly belt in burgundy box leather and golden hardware . Material : Leather
Condition : Good
Colour : Gold
specification : , Leather, Good
Decade : 1970-1979
£400.40

70s Western Sterling Silver H. C. Belt Buckle

Style : Western
Colour : Silver
Gender : Female
specification : Silver, Silver, Excellent
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£221.93

70s Whiting and Davis Gold Chain Belt

Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Good
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£131.65

70s Wide Gold Stretch Belt

Style Keyword : Jeans
Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Good. Some slight tarnish on stretch belt. Buckle is not tarnished. .
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£71.47

80s Gold Cheetah Belt

Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Good
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£297.16

80s Gold Metal Mesh Belt

Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Gold, Excellent. There is a leather piece that holds the buckle in place, and the silver toned paint on the leather is very slightly sticky. .
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£146.70

80s Octagon Multicoloured Gold Toned Link Belt/Necklace

Length (inches) : 35 in.
Colour : Gold
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, , Excellent
Size : Width: None, Length:35 in. (89 cm)
£662.02

Alaia - Vintage Belt - 75 - Us 26 / 27 - Black Leather Gold Buckle Dual Notch

Style Keyword : Trousers
Colour : Black
Gender : Female
specification : Black, ,
Size : 75 Womens - US 26 / 27
£150.00

Alexander McQueen Patent Leather Art Deco Buckle Black Vintage Belt

Alexander McQueen black patent belt wit a Deco style antiqued silver tone belt set with rhinestones
£145.00

Balmain Plaited Chain and Black Leather Belt

Balmain belt with a plaited silver tone snake link chain section and a black leather section with buckle.
£175.00

Bluemarine Black Lamb Leather Belt

Style Keyword : Trousers
Waist (inches) : 29 in.
Colour : Black
Gender : Female
specification : Black, Leather, Excellent
Size : Width: None, Length:None
£221.93

Brunello Cucinelli Leather belt

Condition : New with box
Colour : Beige
specification : Beige, Leather, New with box
Size : M
£145.00

Brunello Cucinelli Leather brown vintage belt

Brunello Cucinelli turtledove brown & gold tone hardware belt
£135.00

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