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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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I love self belts!!!
i love self belts. you can always use it for other dresses!
I like to put the self belt of one dress on another — and then trade the next day 🙂
Love me a self-belt dress!
I like BOTH
I LOVED THE SELF BELT IN THE 50’S, THEY MADE YOUR WAIST LOOK SO SMALL.
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. >_>
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 🙂
That’s so cute! Though I would probably swap it for a brown belt some times 🙂
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.
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.
this dress is perfectly up my ally. i have owned a few vintage dresses with self belts and love them.
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!
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.
<3 Super awesome self-belts.
I think self belts work best on coats, but when it comes to dresses, mix it up!
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 🙂
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Depends on the dress, but I love self belts!
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