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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.


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.

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CHANEL 1984 Vintage CC Signature Chain Belt One-Size

A classic Chanel statement chain belt from 1984 made of countless artfully intertwined gold-tone metal rings and a masterly executed delicate CC signature buckle.

ALAIA Vintage Leather Belt Brown Sky Blue Size XS-S

A fabulous vintage Alaia belt made of dark brown genuine leather featuring decorative cut-outs with sky blue leather insets.

Dolce & Gabbana Black Eel Unisex belt

Size : M, Colour : Black, Condition : Excellent

Hermes Collier De Chien Black Leather and Gold-Plated Hardware Belt - 1986

Vintage Hermes Collier de Chian Black / Medor Leather Belt.

Salvatore Ferragamo Floral Print Silk Wrap Blue Vintage Belt

Salvatore Ferragamo belt made of a draped silk floral print piece like a scarf and fastened with a double Gancini and black leather buckle

Roberta Di Camerino Velvet green & red Waist Belt

Roberta Di Camerino Green Red Blue Velvet Waist Belt with logo buckle

Chanel Black Leather Medallion Chain Belt

This vintage 90s Chanel black medallion chain belt features gold-tone hardware with woven leather and a hook

Moschino 1980s White Cow & Heart Leather Belt

A Moschino Vintage White & Gold Leather Belt with Cows & Hearts, 1980s NWT

Christian Lacroix 1980s Gilt Medallion Snake Chain Belt

Vintage Christian Lacroix gilt belt with a round medallion buckle and 4 strands of snake chain belt

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Wide Peasant Brown Corset Belt

An iconic Yves Saint Laurent wide peasant corset belt from the late 1970s, approx. 1976/77 - Russian Collection era.

Gucci Black Leather Belt

Gucci black leather belt with a rectangular narrow steel buckle plate

Lanvin Lotus Flower Jewel Buckle Black Belt

Lanvin elasticated black belt with an enamelled and jewelled silver tone lotus flower shaped buckle

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.

Vintage Art Nouveau Silver Tone Metal Link Belt

Metal belt with exquisite iris and dragonfly decoration

Gucci Black Leather belt

Condition : Excellent

Gucci Cream and Light Blue Canvas Belt

Gucci belt in cream and light blue canvas with a bamboo buckle.

Alaia 1990s Dark Green Leather Vintage Belt

A fabulous vintage Alaïa belt made from thick genuine leather in a very dark shade of green

Louis Vuitton Clear Vinyl & Brown Cowhide Vintage Leather Ladies Belt

Authentic Louis Vuitton belt in vinyl x brown leather.

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

Salvatore Ferragamo 1990s Plaited Silk & Beaded Brown Vintage Belt

Vintage 1990s Ferragamo tie belt made from plaited and knotted silk with long tasseled ends.

Moschino white clouds blue vintage belt

Pale blue belt with white cloud motif by Moschino

Ralph Lauren Buckskin & horseshoe brown vintage belt

Metal & leather horseshoe motif belt by Ralph Lauren

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