So, I’m sure the big question on your mind (other than how to end world poverty…) is: is street style relevant today? That’s a big question. Whether you think it’s completely contrived and stay well away or lap up every single picture on vogue.com, you can’t deny it influences the way we dress. If you’re a Pinterest nut you’ll know that peaking or not, often the gals have some enviable pieces, where are sometimes even on a real person so you can decide if you like. I myself gravitate towards the more simple outfits, models off duty if you like, which is where (I’m finally getting to the point!) I stumbled across this image of a gorgeous double belt. Let’s just say it was love at first sight. I made up my mind to make it myself, and thats what I did. Best thing? It turned out to be very very easy, so that’s a win.
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DIY Double Belt
- two belts (western/cowboy ones complete this look perfectly)
- a hole punch
The first thing to know is that you’re basically turning two belts into one, which will in fact be two pieces – a piece with two buckles and a piece with two ends. You need to work out the right size of each of these pieces for you, and then join ten sections together. It may look tricky but is actually super easy.
1. First we’re going to work out the right length for the buckle piece – do this by wrapping them around your waist and lining them up in the middle – you want to leave a gap so that your belt end section can fit in. Mark on the back where you need to cut your belts.
2. Cut your belts to the desired length, checking on you if you need to as a way to see if they are the right length. You can do this slowly in stages so that you’re sure you won’t cut too much.
3. Once you have the right length, glue them together. This join will be at the back so shouldn’t be too noticeable – you can also sew if you want to or use a stud to attach them together.
4. Now you have to cut your ends so that you can attach them together to make the single middle piece. If you are using plain belts you can just cut a section, add some holes an away you go. Because we were using these western belts with fancy ends (and we couldn’t get the ends off) we had to attach two together. I first cut mine to a rough size.
5. Slot them into the belt buckles and make a new belt hole if you need to. You can see we haven’t attached them yet.
6. Then, wrap the belt around yourself so that you can check the length is good for the ends. Trim them iff necessary, and then you want to glue them together. In order to stop the join being visible, overlap them so that the join lies under one of the belt buckles.
The second section will end up looking like this – note the join? That’s were the belt buckle covers so no one can see it.
Let it dry overnight.
Photos by Nicola Lemmon