DIY: Western Belt

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Whether it’s the rough and tumble attire or the amazing use of leather, there’s something about the Old West that makes us go wild! That’s why our first Halloween DIY this year is featuring this classic theme, perfect for a cowgirl (or boy) costume. Our Western Belt DIY will transform you into a modern day Annie Oakley, and nobody messes with Annie Oakley! Western Belt DIY Supplies What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Faux Leather Bias Binding #42143

1 Round Cowboy Buckle #30161

1 Pack of 7mm x  10mm Metal Spikes with Screw #57562

Revolving Leather Hole Punch #55264 Scissors #57470

E-6000

Marker

Leather Trim Western Belt DIY

1. Insert about an inch of the leather trim into the buckle opening, and wrap it around the metal fixture. Glue it down, and let dry it for an hour.

Marking Notch for Western Belt DIY

2. Wrap the leather trim around your waist to figure out where to place the notch in your belt. Mark the area to ensure correct placement!

Cutting Leather Trim for Western DIY

3. Once you know where the hole is going, cut off any excess trim.

Hole Punch for Western Belt DIY 4. Using a small hole punch, create a hole for the buckle closure.

Marking Holes for Western Belt DIY

5. Place the spikes or studs you want to use, and mark the spots as you had for the notch. Stud Placement for Western Belt DIY 6. Then take out your hole punch to create holes where you want your spikes to go.

Metal Spikes in Leather Trim Belt

7. Twist the spikes into place.

Finished Western Belt DIY

8. Put on your finished belt, and prepare to be the chicest gal at the rodeo! Love the look but not feeling the buckle? Or maybe you’re looking for a different style of trim. Switch it out! Explore our Wild Wild West page to find all the Western-inspired materials to make a belt that reflects YOUR style.

Top 5: Western DIYs

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We love Western-inspired fashions and decor, but sometimes it’s a little hard to find something that’s fashion-forward and really resonates with your personality. When you DIY, the finished piece has the creator’s special flare! Here are a few of our favorite Western-inspired DIYs to get your creative wagon wheels turning.

Do you want to add a little sparkle to your neck without the nuisance of a necklace? Create Honestly WTF’s collar tips! They’re perfect paired with a chambray shirt.

DIY Lucky Horseshoe Sign

Do you need a little more luck in your life? Welcome it into your home with this Horseshoe Sign DIY! The little splashes of color add a necessary pop of color to the otherwise neutral sign.

DIY Bolo Tie

You’ve probably seen bolo ties in old Westerns, but these tiny ties can be really chic when set off with a great charm. Find out how to make them on ModCloth’s blog!

Western Shorts FringeThese amazing cutoffs scream Western-wear. They’re simple, but the fringe adds some Western flare.

DIY Buckle Boots

We’re going wild for these DIY boots from Threadcense! Feathers, leather, studs, buckles! What’s not to love?! If you’d like to make it yourself, you can find similar trim styles on our website!

Inspiration: Wild Wild West

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Leather, studs, feathers, and trim. That’s basically a laundry list of some of our favorite things, and they’re all in fashion in the Wild Wild West! That’s why we wanted to show you some of our most-coveted Western-inspired looks and pieces.

Wildfox Spring Summer 2012

These fashionable outlaws are killing it in those amazing Wildfox outfits. They would leave Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid shaking in their leather boots!

James Dean East of Eden

Is there a cooler cowboy than James Dean?  The man definitely knows how to rock a cowboy hat! If you’re looking to emulate cowboy chic, take a lesson from this Hollywood heartthrob.

Leather Cowboy Boots with Gold Embroidery and Teal Cutouts

These leather cowboy boots are amazing. We love the aqua cutouts because they resemble the beautiful turquoise jewelry that’s so popular in the West.

Bohemian Girl in Cowboy Hat and Floral Robe

We’re in total awe of this photo. The warmth of the colors brings to mind the desert heat of the West, and look at those amazing bangles and bracelets! You could definitely recreate the look with some of our leather cord!

Braided Western Beauty with Denim Shirt

This look is absolutely stunning (and pretty wearable). The tasseled shawl, the paper-thin chambray shirt, the leather bag, and the Western charms capture what makes Western-inspired wear so casual and so fashionable. The question remains, are those braids for real?!? Follow up question: What shampoo are you using?

Western pieces will always be in fashion. It’s a celebration of old American style! So whip out those cowboy boots, and pile on the silver accessories because the look is here to stay!

Inspiration: Belts and Buckles

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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.

Neon Pink J.Crew Belt

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!

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This belt looks just like a Ouija board. It’s pretty cool, and also a little creepy. Perfect for Halloween!

Double Buckle Western Belt

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!

Editorial Inspiration: Rodeo Girl

We’re loving the western trend that has been popping up lately – especially in this editorial from Vogue Turkey May 2012. The leather fringe and enormous belt buckles look so chic when they’re paired with edgy studs and sleek silhouettes. We’re definitely going to stock up on western trim and start DIYing!

via Fashion Gone Rogue