Have you ever found an item that you just can’t live without but it either A.) doesn’t fit or B.) doesn’t come in your size? I can’t even tell you how many times that this has happened to me and honestly, it can become frustrating. I think that the fashion lover inside me though doesn’t like to give up the search because I usually end up resorting to the internet for some help. But when my backup plan of looking online doesn’t play out, I then usually let go of the vision of an outfit for the time being and hope that eventually something comes around. In this most recent case I just couldn’t let it go.
I was recently in Austin, Tx for a day trip and this girl was wearing the most amazing vintage Gucci belt that I couldn’t take my eyes off of. She was wearing the most simplest outfit but she managed to look so totally cool and chic (I secretly hate those people that can look so effortlessly cool and put together, I wish I could just take one ounce of their coolness) and I think it was all because of this belt. Long story short, I wanted her belt and I wanted to switch outfits with her, but honestly no normal human being would run up to someone and tell them that you think they should switch outfits with you, right??!! I mean as much as I would love to do that, I think I will have to just resort to my own creative abilities for now. So with my mind set on this belt and the ideas flowing of all the outfits it could be paired with, I went on the hunt. For weeks I was vigorously searching on both Poshmark and Mercari. There were copious amounts of Gucci belts that came up while searching on both apps but all of them were either brand new and at a price that would make anyone just go purchase an unworn one in stores and some that weren’t the style, color and size combo I was searching for. I ended up coming upon the belt buckle I am wearing in this post on Poshmark and at a price that I thought was more than reasonable for a vintage piece (I like things with a little character to them) but it was just the buckle, no belt! I know you are probably thinking, well why would you even look twice at that and how are you wearing it now? With some modifications, I made it work. By purchasing a $15 belt at Target, taking the previous belt buckle off and replacing it with the vintage Gucci belt buckle with some simple seam ripping and stitching back up, I had myself a belt that was customized for the style and fit I desired. It may have taken almost a month to get my hands on one but with some research and some handy dandy crafting I was pleased with the results.
Moral of this long story/ramble is if you have an idea and you can’t seem to find exactly what you are looking for, see if you can modify it to your liking. I wasn’t positive that my idea of taking a cheaper belt from Target and replacing the belt buckle was going to work but it did and I love it. Be creative and if you need some help feel free to leave a comment down below!
Shop This Look