Style Glossary: Help Your Self-Belt Esteem

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The Rose Menagerie Dress.

It’s been one of your eternal questions for some time now, right up there with “What is the meaning of life?” and “Coke or Pepsi?” – what is this term “self-belt” that they sometimes use in product descriptions on ModCloth?

Well happily for you, this is one undying question that has an easy answer. A self-belt is a belt composed of the same material as that of the dress it comes with, and it’s a term that harks back to 1960, a time when dresses with matching belts had been de rigeur for several years. For a visual representation of this decorous detail, check out the Rose Menagerie Dress (seen above), I See a Coat of Blue, and the Avocado Orchard Dress. Ah, there, doesn’t your mind feel at ease now?

Do you like self-belts, or do you prefer to mix and match?

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22 Responses to Style Glossary: Help Your Self-Belt Esteem

  1. Sarah 10/14/2010 at 6:33 pm #

    I love self belts!!!
    Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

  2. Antoinette 10/14/2010 at 6:51 pm #

    i love self belts. you can always use it for other dresses!

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  3. constance 10/14/2010 at 7:11 pm #

    I like to put the self belt of one dress on another — and then trade the next day :)

  4. Sydney 10/14/2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Love me a self-belt dress!

  5. Kelsey 10/14/2010 at 10:12 pm #

    I like BOTH

  6. CAROLYN 10/14/2010 at 10:29 pm #

    I LOVED THE SELF BELT IN THE 50′S, THEY MADE YOUR WAIST LOOK SO SMALL.

  7. Lizzie 10/14/2010 at 11:05 pm #

    So I’m a fan of mixing and matching…
    I have a high waist so usually where the self-belts are placed doesn’t help my figure at all! I like to wear it just that little bit higher. >_>

  8. Kani 10/15/2010 at 1:41 am #

    i think self belts are cute! i have a couple of vintage dresses which came with self belts and a little cute clip in the middle. i also love how with dresses that come with self belts, you can wear them two ways! either with the self belt or with a contrasting belt :)

  9. Cazzo 10/15/2010 at 2:11 am #

    That’s so cute! Though I would probably swap it for a brown belt some times :)

  10. Jenna 10/15/2010 at 4:47 am #

    I like self belts insofar as I get a free belt out of it — as for actually wearing them, I prefer to mix and match.

  11. Amanda 10/15/2010 at 8:59 am #

    I definitely prefer a belt that stands out – mix and match. If a dress comes with a self belt I usually remove it and use something else.

  12. Victoria / Justice Pirate 10/15/2010 at 11:49 am #

    this dress is perfectly up my ally. i have owned a few vintage dresses with self belts and love them.

  13. Katie 10/15/2010 at 12:00 pm #

    I feel very strongly about not wearing self belts with vintage dresses. While they are cute, I think IRL they run the risk of looking costume-y. Wearing a more modern, contrasting belt helps bring vintage dresses into the now!

  14. Ashelle 10/15/2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Self belts can be super cute and slimming. I like them for sweet/50s style dresses. It’s also nice to mix it up once and a while. But I sometimes have trouble finding the right mix.

  15. Sarahnargle 10/15/2010 at 2:19 pm #

    <3 Super awesome self-belts.

  16. Roxanne 10/16/2010 at 9:39 am #

    I think self belts work best on coats, but when it comes to dresses, mix it up!

  17. Rachael 10/18/2010 at 11:04 am #

    I love both! I often make quickie self-belts for dresses that I alter. After chopping up and resewing an old ’80s ugly frock, I’ll just take a piece of the snipped-off fabric left over from shortening the dress and tie it around my waist! Bonus: Flowy fabrics = no hemming required :)
    <3 Modcloth and the blog!
    -Rachael
    http://www.youresewcool.com

  18. Emily 10/19/2010 at 10:49 pm #

    Depends on the dress, but I love self belts!

    http://adelaidestayed.blogspot.com/

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