Goodwill Gems: The Beyond-Basic Belt

Hello, friends and faithful fashionistas!

Today, I’m super psyched because I spotted a real Goodwill gem this week and now I get to share it with YOU!

And today, I have some serious truth telling to do, so I’m just going to come right out with it, straightaway: You’re not wearing enough belts.

What?! That might not be what you were expecting to hear, but trust me — however often you remember to throw one on before you race out the door, it’s probably not often enough. Belts can really be a girl’s best friend, and as basic as belts might seem, they’re an incredibly fast way to add instant shape and a dose of style to pretty much any look.

My latest gem of a find is a fantastic brown leather belt with a truly unique gold buckle detail that will really make it (and you!) stand out. The texture of the leather on this piece is almost like snakeskin, while the buckle is a double-sided piece that juts out from the middle at an angle, making its two sides look something like the two wings of a butterfly. It’s an awesome find that will add an intriguing bit of style to even the blandest of pieces in your wardrobe.

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It looks kinda cool … but how do I wear this? Easily, is my response. Though you could definitely pop this fun accessory on with pretty much anything — jeans, boots, and a favorite tee, for example — it’s easy to take this too-cute belt to the next level and really show it off by using it to cinch the waist of a loose, flowing dress. As much as I’m all for comfy shapes that slide over the body in a flattering fashion (rather than tightly hugging your every curve), every stylish lady needs an ensemble that shows off her shape, and a fab belt like this one is an easy way to a slightly-too-big or just shapeless shift dress and give it an instantly polished and put together feel.

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This simple, slouchy gray knit dress is ideal weekend wear, with it’s soft color and fabric, convenient pockets, and easy fit. But it becomes totally appropriate weekday attire when you pop on this pretty leather belt, along with a great pair of shoes like some knee-high leather boots!

When you #shopgoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

 

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Lauren (aka Lo) has been a devoted thrifter and deal-finder since moving to NYC in 2009, and loves to write about all things fashion and food. Follow Lauren’s stylish and delicious adventures on Twitter @lauren_haslett and on Instagram @lodybode.

 

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