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All I want for Christmas is…

Two nice belts…

My belts have worn out or ceased to fit, probably a function of buying cheapies at Target and eating a bit too much good food. Have you noticed—if you’re of the female persuasion—how difficult it’s gotten to find an attractive belt that’s also utilitarian? The department stores are full of various flights of leather, plastic, and chain fancy, none of them designed do much other than make you look like you went on a fugue instead of a shopping trip. They have holes. They have hooks. They have chains. They have rhinestones. They have animal hair. They have dangly charms. They have hinges. But they don’t fit through the belt loops of a normal pair of bluejeans!

The ones that do are plain beyond plain, flat unembellished uninteresting strips of leather with buckles made of base metal. Good for holding up your jeans while you’re shoveling weeds out of the garden, but not something you’d wear to be seen in public.

So, I’ve raised my sights above the Target sale rack:

Yes: Brighton belts. And yeah, I know they cost three times what Target is charging. But my experience with these better-quality belts has been that they last for years, not just months. Either of the ones in the top left image would be perfect for jeans or other casual slacks. I need both a black and a brown belt, and that style, the Denver Diamond, comes in both colors. I think the Dakota Chevron Diamond,on the top right, would be great with jeans, too, but Amazon seems not to have it in women’s sizes. And I don’t know whether a men’s 36 is the same as a women’s 36—Brighton women’s belts tend to run small, so there’s no way of guessing how they compare or whether a fat old lady could wear a men’s version in the same size.

Brighton does carry some dressier women’s belts. Below the cowgirl numbers, for example, Brighton Classics Womens Brown & Silver Belt is extremely nice but not gaudy. Alas, they don’t have it in my size.

I like the hardware on this Brighton Classics Womens Silver & Black Snakeskin Belt, too. But it seems to be available only in 28 inches. They also have it in red, in a size larger.

The Brighton stores in the malls here have a slightly larger selection of women’s belts. Some are way baroque. But a few are very nice, along these lines. If you don’t mind crowds and disconnected salesladies.

6 thoughts on “All I want for Christmas is…”

  1. Oh, I just got one for my daughter at the thrift. Send me your size and I’ll keep an eye out (of course, now I’ll never see another one). I bet the stores will have sales after Xmas–less than 2 weeks.

  2. I’ve always liked Brighton merchandise. I’ve had a couple of their key chains (key fobs?) and somehow managed to lose both of them. I’m been on the lookout for a small wallet; now I’ll take another look at their belts. Thanks for your post.

  3. Go to Ross Dress for Less and head straight for the men’s section. That is where I have bought my last two belts. You would never know they are a man’s belt. They are nice quality and last a good long time. Now in the women’s section, nothing but silly looking belts. I paid under $10 for a belt that according to the tag retailed originally for more than $25. Another factor… I had about four extra inches around my waistline the last time I bought a belt, and it’s difficult if not impossible to find a woman’s belt with a longer length. You’ll have to let me know if you do check out Ross. The last time I went, my boss asked me if I’d pick one up for her husband, it was a reversible belt. Black on one side, brown on the other. $6.99. Very nice quality belt, too. Oh shoot. I totally glossed over the part about the ugly belts. Well. Okay. Maybe someone will find this handy. 🙂

  4. Go to their website, call customer service, and ask anything you want about sizing. But, 36 inches is 36 inches, so I cannot see how men’s and women’s could differ in length. It won’t be like arbitrary sizes in shoes. I don’t wear belts or jeans, so I know nothing of belts except for quality men’s belts.

  5. Oh, I just got one for my daughter at the thrift. Send me your size and I’ll keep an eye out (of course, now I’ll never see another one). I bet the stores will have sales after Xmas–less than 2 weeks.

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