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Womens 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

At Open for Vintage, we consider everyone as a collector with a desire to possess beautiful things with a story worth living on. Our curated edit of unique and contemporary vintage and pre-owned fashion pieces are hand-picked for their individuality, relevance, and of course, style appeal.

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Louis Vuitton Clear Vinyl & Brown Cowhide Vintage Leather Ladies Belt

Authentic Louis Vuitton belt in vinyl x brown leather.

Louis Vuitton Black Taiga Leather San Tour Classic Unisex Belt

Authentic Louis Vuitton San Tour 30mm classic belt 85/34 in black taiga leather and silver tone buckle.

Louis Vuitton Gracieuse Brown Monogram Empreinte Leather Belt

Authentic Louis Vuitton Gracieuse belt in brown monogram Empreinte leather

Louis Vuitton Ceinture Classique Blue Epi Leather Thin vintage ladies Belt

Authentic Louis Vuitton blue epi leather belt and gold color buckle

Hermes Red & Brown Leather Gold Tone Thin vintage ladies Belt

Authentic Hermes thin belt in leather

Vintage 1970s Leaf Buckle Gold Tone Stretch Belt

Vintage 1970s stretch belt in gold tone metal with a leaf buckle.

Louis Vuitton Vernis Leather Flower Cowhide brown & beige Leather Belt

This is Louis Vuitton leather belt with flowers.

Vintage 1970s Western Style Sterling Silver Belt Buckle

Vintage 1970s Western style belt buckle in sterling silver.

Blumarine 1980s Quilted Lamb Leather Black Vintage Belt

Vintage 1980s Blumarine belt in quilted black lamb leather.

Alexis Kirk 1980s Enamel Buckle Snakeskin Black Vintage Belt

Vintage 1980s Alexis Kirk belt in black snakeskin leather with a gold tone metal buckle with red and black enamel detailing.

Vintage 1970s Oval Buckle Gold Tone Stretch Belt

Vintage 1970s stretch belt in gold tone metal with an oval buckle.

Whiting and Davis 1970s Gathered Front Mesh Gold Tone Belt

Whiting & Davis 1970's belt with a bowed shaped front covered with mesh and gathered in the middle with a a rhinestone set bar.

Judith Leiber 1980s Multi-Tiered Gold Tone Metal Vintage Chain Belt

Vintage 1980s Judith Leiber chain belt in gold tone metal with three chains at the front.

Judith Leiber 1980s Snakeskin Gold Tone Vintage Belt

Vintage 1980s Judith Leiber belt in gold tone snakeskin with a textured buckle.

Gianni Versace Faux Snakeskin Silver Rope Black Vintage Belt

Vintage Gianni Versace belt in black faux snakeskin with a sillver tone rope detailing.

Vintage 1980s Square Buckle Gold Tone Mesh Belt

Vintage 1980s belt made of gold tone meh with a rolled edge and a large gold tone square buckle

Vintage 1970s Gold Tone Stretch Belt

1970's snake link gold tone belt with a rectangular faux buckle

Chanel Beach Ball, Heart and Fish Charm Black Leather Necklace

Chanel silver tone and leather chain necklace or belt hung with beach ball, heart and fish charms

Gucci Patent Leather Elongated G Logo Buckle Black Vintage Belt

Narrow Gucci patent leather belt with a solver tone buckle in the shape of a long and narrow G

Gucci Narrow Leather G Logo Buckle Brown Vintage Belt

Gucci narrow dark brown leather belt with a platinum tone G shaped Gucci buckle

Prada Studded Leather Square Etched Buckle Black Vintage Belt

Prada black leather belt studded along its length with hoops, metal studs and faceted black stones win star and diamond shapes

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

Prada Woven Leather Oval Buckle Black Vintage Belt

Wide Prada belt made from multiple strands of woven leather with a large oval gold tone buckle

Burberry Leather and Gold Tone Buckle Brown Vintage Belt

Burberry brown leather belt with a large leather covered gold tone buckle

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