They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but we’d like to make a case for belts. They are a great way to spice up a plain outfit, a tool to flatter the figure, and obviously a device to give baggy pants new life! Have you been converted yet? The pictures below might help you make up your mind.
Here’s an amazing belt we found on the BSOUP blog. Although this bejeweled belt from Anthropologie is no longer available, it’s easy to recreate with some jewels and ribbon from M&J Trimming!
Veronika, formerly of Girl and Closet, used this belt to cinch the waist of her dress and pull the look together. We love that bold closure, and check out that background scenery! Beautiful.
Imagine rocking this skinny J. Crew belt with a crisp white shirt and slim camel trousers. It’s simple and sophisticated, but the color will wake up any outfit!
This belt looks just like a Ouija board. It’s pretty cool, and also a little creepy. Perfect for Halloween!
We are loving this Alexander McQueen double buckle belt! The embossed leather is amazing, and we are particularly fond of the Western-style buckles. Why? You’ll just have to tune in to find out!
Spring is finally here but don’t pack up your winter gear just yet…well your leather that is. Leather is in for Spring. Designers such as Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta, Versace and Rodarte have incorporated leather into much of their Spring collections. Below are some of our favorite pieces that we’re looking to recreate.
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Prabal Gurung delivered an amazing collection during Fall 2013 NYFW. It had a very strong military vibe that we love! Every harness and buckled shoe that walked across that runway left us inspired to create our own! Now it’s time to head over to our collections of leather and buckles and start getting creative!
images via Vogue
With NYFW well under way, we’ve been grabbing major inspiration from some of the biggest collections to grace the runways. BCBG continued to use lace cutouts in their FW 2013 collection on silk and leather. This inspired us to use our extensive lace and leather collections to create a headband!
1/2 yd leather trim
1 yd lace trim
headband (in store)
1. Cut the amount of leather trim you will need to cover the entire headband.
2. Glue the leather onto the headband. Make sure to smooth out any ripples the glue may cause.
3. Cut the amount of lace trim you will need to cover the headband. Our lace trim was thin so we cut out 2 pieces to place onto the headband.
4. Add a tiny line of glue along the leather and place your lace trim onto it. The glue will leak through the top of the lace trim but it will dry clear.
5. Let dry for 2 hours and you will have a chic and edgy headband!
Over at M&J Trimming, we are starting the year off on the edgier side. We are completely inspired to spike up our wardrobe with some rock and roll style! Leather, spikes, chains, and studs … everything needed to add some spark to what we do best – DIY!
Inspiration & Realisation is one of our favorite DIY blogs, and we’ve really been loving Donatella’s latest project. She used round leather cord and braided leather bolo from our store to create this lovely Bottega Veneta inspired leather bracelet. Doesn’t it look even better than the designer version? See the full tutorial at Inspiration & Realisation.
The collections at Fashion Week are always a major source of DIY inspiration, as we love scouting out the upcoming trends and thinking of ways to create them ourselves. This season definitely didn’t disappoint, as there were plenty of over-the-top embellishments, leather accents, and bold accessories. We rounded up a few of our favorite shows and the different ways they’re inspiring us. Which collection did you like the best?
Gucci – We loved the bright necklaces at Gucci, which mixed together flowers, gems, and spikes for an incredible combination. We’d love to recreate one with flowers and gems from our store. The embellished collars were also to die for.
Alexander Wang – This collection was full of sleek leather accents, strategically placed cutouts, and clothing that seemed to float in mid-air. You could easily DIY these looks by adding long leather straps to your favorite pair of shoes, or by cutting apart a t-shirt and adding a transparent panel.
Rodarte – The leather fringe accents are definitely DIYable, but we especially loved the elaborate chain belts. Secure some chains together, add a few brooches, and you’ve got a chic, Rodarte-inspired belt!
Dolce and Gabbana – Like always, Dolce and Gabbana showed an incredibly elaborate, intricate collection. The shoes were detailed with bright braided raffia, and we adored the fun earrings. You could definitely DIY these looks by stitching some bright thread onto a natural bag, or by adding braided cord to a simple pair of wedges.
Jason Wu – This collection was especially lovely, with sweet little embellishments on some shoes and tops. But there was a bit of added edge with sleek leather harnesses and metal accents.
Lately we’ve been dreaming about making a DIY embellished cuff; it’s a great statement accessory that will jazz up every outfit. You could use rhinestones, leather, gems – anything goes! The only problem is that we can’t decide what we like best: minimalistic leather with metal accents, or a colorful gem-filled bracelet. Which cuff do you like best?
via Dannijo / My Theresa / Etsy / Ssense / The Blonde Salad
We’ve whipped up collar DIYs before, like our lace collar, but lately we’ve been lusting after a more futuristic look. After spotting some silver faux leather in our store, we knew it would be perfect for a sleek, simple metallic collar. And we’re really loving the industrial look of the metal closure. Follow our instructions below to make it yourself!
1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need: scissors, a needle, silver thread, a metal closure, 1 1/2 ft silver faux leather trim
2. Trim your silver trim into a long trapezoid for your collar. You may want to use a real collared shirt as a template, or simply wrap the trim around your neck and eyeball it. Angle the edges a bit – our trim was 16 inches long at the top, and 17 inches long at the bottom.
3. Thread your needle with the silver thread and tie a knot at the bottom of the thread. Place one end of the metal closure over the top corner of the silver trim, and begin sewing around it to hold it in place. Once it’s secure, tie the thread in a knot in the back and snip the ends.
4. Repeat Step 3 by sewing the other side of the metal closure to the other side of the collar.
5. You’re all done! Simply unclip the metal closure to put the collar on.
The best way to jazz up a simple piece of clothing? Add a pocket! They’re functional and trendy, especially if you create a lace or neon pocket. Some of our favorite bloggers have been DIYing pockets onto their clothing, and we love what they’ve been coming up with. We picked out our top 5 favorites below, so check it out and let us know what you think!
DIY Sequin Pocket by Glitter N Glue
DIY Beaded Pocket by P.S. I Made This
DIY Floral Pocket by Urban Beings
DIY Lace Pocket Shorts by Chictopia
DIY Leather Pockets by Court + Hudson