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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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Ralph Lauren Plates belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Ralph Lauren Colour : Brown Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M
£100.00

Ralph Lauren Buckskin belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Ralph Lauren Colour : Nude & Neutrals Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : L
£130.00

Ralph Lauren Buckskin belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Ralph Lauren Colour : Nude & Neutrals Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : M
£130.00

Ralph Lauren Alligator belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Ralph Lauren Colour : Brown Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : L
£175.00

Ralph Lauren Leather belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Ralph Lauren Colour : Brown Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : L
£120.00

Dolce & Gabbana Eel belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Dolce & Gabbana Colour : Black Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£150.00

Lanvin Jewel belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Lanivn Colour : Black Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : L
£170.00

Alexander McQueen Patent leather belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Alexander Mcqueen Colour : Black Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£150.00

Crocodile belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Na Colour : Blue Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£170.00

Ralph Lauren Alligator belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Ralph Lauren Colour : Black Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£175.00

Moschino Logo Charm Belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Moschino Colour : Red Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, ,
£275.00

Christian Dior Multi Strand Gold Plated Belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Christian Dior Colour : Gold Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, ,
£180.00

YSL Red Leather Belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Yves Saint Laurent Colour : Red Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, ,
£220.00

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.
£440.00

Moschino 1980s White Cow & Heart Leather Belt

A Moschino Vintage White & Gold Leather Belt with Cows & Hearts, 1980s NWT
£120.00

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.
£335.00

Salvatore Ferragamo 1990s Plaited Silk & Beaded Brown Vintage Belt

Vintage 1990s Ferragamo tie belt made from plaited and knotted silk with long tasseled ends.
£190.00

Vintage 1970s Wrap Tassel black belt

Thin faux leather belt that ties around the waist with dainty tassels
£50.00

Vintage snakeskin pattern brown leather belt

Classy chocolate snakeskin pattern leather belt from the 1980s
£125.00

Gianni Versace 1980s rhinestone silver mesh vintage belt

Spectacular rhinestone embellished waist belt by Gianni Versace
£415.00

Vintage 1920s Beaded & Embroidered Belt

Stunning 1920s Beaded and Embroidered Belt
£90.00

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s suede Rope Tie black Belt

Soft black suede YSL belt with rope tie and trim detail
£160.00

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Lizard Skin red vintage belt

Narrow, deep red smooth lizard skin belt by Yves Saint Laurent
£110.00

Vintage 1930s Paste Green Belt Buckle

1930s Paste belt buckle, maker unknown. 100mm wide when closed x 52mm high.
£160.00

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