Spring 2015 Trend: Obi Belts


One of the more surprising trends to come from the Spring 2015 runways? Is the obi belt, or—to use the less official name—karate / judo belts.  A number of designers including Karen Walker, Marni, Alexander Wang, and Tome rocked the obi belt on the runways.  Forget your skinny leather belts or your traditional buckled styles, the obi is feminine, minimal, and actually easy to pull off.

Obi belts = wide strips of cloth wound around the waist, were first worn by Geishas in Japan to call attention to a woman’s curves.  Today obi belts as just as subtly sexy, and an ideal way to shape your silhouette.

Here’s how to wrap yourself up in spring’s newest feminine accessory:

If you want to fake an instant hourglass shape or break up a long torso, wear an obi belt to cinch in your waist and make your figure more shapely.

If you want to look fabulous in an obi belt, it’s important to give it the spotlight. This means no busy prints, big accessories or super-loud colours in the rest of your outfit. By letting your belt be your statement piece, you achieve a pulled-together, chic look with an artsy edge. Remember- less really is more.

Half of the fun of wearing an obi belt is finding the perfect way to tie it. There are dozens of choices. Check out this video to see all the ways to tie an obi belt, and get started on a fab new spring look today. Shop my picks below.


1.   Mango LEATHER OBI BELT R449.95
2.   Asos Warehouse Suede Obi Belt R555.00
3.   FOREVER 21 Twist Buckle Wide Belt
4.   Eloquii Obi Belt
5.   Nordstrom 'Ana' Leather Tassel Obi Belt R234.62
6.   Asos Leather Obi Waist Belt R420.00


Still feeling unsure of this trend, not sure how to add this belt to your wardrobe. Check out below for street style looks.

Do you like this belt trend? how do you wear your obi belt? tell us by leaving a comment below

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  1. Thanks for sharing this nice post. A belt is an easy, versatile way to really make your outfits look unique and interesting. Imagine a beautiful lady with the right trouser and top or the right long skirt and again with the right top, but still you feel that something is missing in her dress. It is most likely that the lady would have forgotten to tie around her waist a nice fashion belt. Here a fashion belt can add a extra beauty in that dress. Fashion belts are great accessories for women. Keep blogging like this.





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