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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vintage Belts as Eyecatching Necklaces

For quite a while I have loved the look of statement necklaces.  Whether layered or beaded, as far as I am concerned, the bigger the better.  They can make an otherwise uneventful outfit look stylish and fresh.  Big necklaces can even make an outfit more flattering.  For instance, if you are wearing a color that washes you out, adding a necklace in a flattering color makes your face glow.  Or if you are wearing a neckline that isn't perfect for your body type, a substantial necklace can change the visual lines of the outfit.

My least favorite thing about eyecatching necklaces is their price tag.  Stores like JCrew and Banana Republic bring decent quality at an affordable price, but even so, you are usually looking at around $100 for a piece of costume jewelry.  And it only goes up from there.  The other day I was in a vintage shop looking through their massive collection of gold chain belts and had an idea...  Why not use these belts as necklaces?  Certainly they are a bit out-of-date to wear around your waist, but they would look fabulous around your neck.  So I grabbed a few to take home and try out!

My total purchase:

Gold coin belt

Gold chain with rhinestones and a tassel

Gold cording with big gold clamshells

I wore the first two together on Saturday night and loved the look!  Buying them as necklaces would have cost a pretty penny, but as vintage belts, they were less than $10 each!

Here are some belts that I've found on etsy that would look great as necklaces!

eBay has a great selection as well, and these are probably something you could even find in thrift or consignment stores.  Many of them have jewelry-like clasps, so it would not be obvious that you are wearing a belt as a necklace.  And the length is great- wear them as a single strand for a long necklace, or double them to hit around your collar bone.  So what do you think- would you wear a belt as a necklace? 


MerciBlahBlah said...

Yes yes YES! Love it. I have a few belts I wear as necklaces, and I believe they're all vintage as well. those are some GREAT finds on etsy.


Danielle said...

Wish I looked good in jewelry, but my mom has told me for years that I don't because I am not super I look like a dude. So whenever I try I always end up feeling uncomfortable.
Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

What a great idea! I have never thought to do that, but it makes total sense. I love it!

Sarah said...

Such a good idea. wouldn't have thought to do this.

stace said...

love this post today.

traci zeller designs said...

I like it! I got a great statement necklace a couple of years ago (?) at Express of all places (I was shopping with my sister) ... and it was so reasonably priced.

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

This is a great idea MOS! You are so clever. I would definitely do this...thank you for the idea.

Another tip on finding an inexpensive necklace is that a very fashionable lady I know told me that if you buy a faux gold necklace you can take it to a jeweler and have it dipped in gold for a very low price. Then your faux gold necklace will match any other necklaces that you have that are the real thing. And supposedly it only costs about $15?! I have never tried it before but it definitely sounds intriguing!

Beth said...

Wear the jewelery! Don't listen to your mom (whether she's standing right in front of you, or in your head!) If you want to wear jewelery, go for it...I can't think of a better way to look a little more feminine, if that's what you want. Start out with something simple, and work your way up to bigger statement pieces.

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