JEANS FIVE: Brown Belt

This is the last post in the series of how I styled my new jeans by using different accessories.  None of the outfits in this series is “perfect.” There is no such thing. They are all outfits I would feel good about leaving the house in, and that is my goal.

It is easy to get discouraged and think that you will never be able to come up with something that looks good and is inexpensive. BUT….that is not true. I felt that way when I wrote my posts LOSERS and BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.

But all it took was a new pair of $12.99 jeans and a couple of hours of trying on clothes for me to get my mojo back. You can do it! Just don’t be afraid to try new things, and don’t be afraid to add some bling.

You might make some mistakes. Actually, you will make some mistakes. But this is not a life-or-death thing we are talking about here!  There is no Great Fashion Judge who is going to give you a failing grade. If you try, you WILL make progress.

You will learn from every mistake. And some of my “mistakes” were better than what I was doing before I started trying.

Okay, enough nagging.  Here is what I did using some brown stuff:

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The belt is the same. I just turned it around so the animal print would show.

And speaking of making mistakes, here is an outfit that I wouldn’t wear out of the house. But hey, five out of six is not bad! 😉

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Here are all the looks in the series:

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Which one do you like the best?

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19 thoughts on “JEANS FIVE: Brown Belt”

  1. Stupid question—but is your belt in the loops? I’m just afraid that I would be fidgeting with it all day is it was just on top. But it looks to be a bigger wider belt than most belt loops would fit.

  2. Hi Paula, not a stupid question at all. I almost never put belts in loops. Most of my belts are stretchy, and there is no danger of them slipping off my big waist. The only reason I wear belts is to fool the eye into thinking there is a smaller waist under my sweater or jacket. I do not need a belt to hold my pants up. 😉 If you have a nice waist, then by all means, wear a narrower belt, and put it through the loops; in my case, it would just not work very well.

  3. Ok-I actually like all 6 but my 2 favorites are the one with the scarf and the one on left-2nd row. I tend to wear longer jackets or sweaters-not sure why. I just gravitate to them more than shorter items. I love the belt you used on my 2nd favorite.

  4. It’s amazing how your look changes with just a few tweeks. It’s great! I must have a similar body/style because I wear similar clothes, just never the belt. I’m afraid a belt would draw attention to my belly area, but now I’ll have to try it and see! Thanks for posting the befores and afters. It’s a tremendous help even if it embarrasses you (tho it shouldn’t cuz you’re giving such great advise)!

    1. Thank you, Kris. It is embarrassing to post the before pictures, but I do it because I could not find anything like that when I started looking for help on blogs. Everyone always looked so put-together, but I wanted to know HOW they got there. I only do it to try to help people. And do the try belt…as I have told others, if you do it the right way, it can fool the eye into thinking you have a smaller waist.

  5. Wow, that’s a lot of takes on what to wear with jeans. I like the long orange cardigan w/scarf best
    and #2 the long grey cardigan. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  6. I like two outfits: the black and houndstooth jacket, and the brown belt (no leopard) and brown cardi outfits the best. But I’m a cardigan girl so that might just be me. 🙂

  7. Orange cardigan outfit is my favorite. Color looks great on you! Working up the courage to try a belt, not there yet but thinking about it.

  8. I can’t pick a favorite! All the looks are great and I would be happy to wear any of them. Great ideas!! Thanks so much for taking the time to share them with us. I’m “pinning” you!! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Pinning is a great way to save outfits you might want to copy. I steal a lot of good ideas from Pinterest!

  9. I like houndstooth jacket and brown belt, brown sweater. Lately I have noticed in some blogs, they just pile on too much “stuff”. Even with the Orange, I think it’s too overbearing. Having said that, I like the way you have started with the top, then added each piece to achieve end result. Really shows the difference a few accessories make. I’m usually the one in top, sweater and jeans. I’m going to add belt, necklace and maybe earrings or watch. Thank you for tips!!

    1. Hi Kandy,
      I 100% agree, that too much “stuff” can be distracting. That’s why I keep experimenting, and keep taking pictures. For whatever reason, some accessories seem to look right, and complete the outfit, and some just don’t do much at all. It is really worth it to try different things.

  10. Many thanks for all your comments! I think I like the gray sweater outfit the best. And by the way, the “orange” sweater is really a beautiful tomato red color. 😉 I have noticed that colors are not always accurate on some devices.

  11. I like the long gray sweater outfit the best. It just hangs nicely with the collar of the white shirt too. I really like how you show the evolution of an outfit, starting out with the white shirt and then adding on to it. It really helps and it takes the mystery out of how to put together an outfit. It is such a nice visual step by step learning moment. Keep it up! Julia

    1. Thanks. That is my favorite too. We do think alike sometimes. 😉 Found a pretty white shirt the other day, and am going to give it one more try, even though I told you I had sworn off white shirts forever! You will see it on the blog if it makes the cut. We’ll see.

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