On Belts…

This was one of those no-brainer outfits.  Take a neutral dress and throw on my current-favorite-of-the-moment green belt and call it an outfit.  
A lot of you ask about my belting, particularly with this belt because of how I loop it.  Like, do I buy belts extra large just so I can loop them?  No, I buy them so that they fit around my hips which is larger than my waist, so I loop the belt because it’s too long for my waist.  But it’s makes for a fun effect, doesn’t it?  
Here’s another tip though:  Get a leather puncher for $8.  If you look closely there are two different types of holes in this belt because I used a leather puncher to create more holes to help with sizing.  I do this with most of my belts so that I can wear them around both my hips and my waist.  Or you can look for a belt like this one or this one that already has holes all the way around.
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Dress: H&M (similar, similar, similar**)
Jacket: Target (exact, similar)
Belt: Target (exact, similar, similar)
Sandals: Target (exact, similar)
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    pretty little things
    August 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I love adding belts to outfits but never experimented with colored ones yet! xo


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    Kelsey Wilburn
    August 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    gorgeous! love the stripes with the colorful belt

    kw ladies in navy

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    August 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I've been meaning to buy a leather puncher for forever haha…you look great!

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    August 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I seriously need a leather puncher. I didn't realize they were so inexpensive!

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    Nicole Underwood
    August 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Cute! That pop of green is so fun!

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    Elizabeth @ DogFur&Dandelions
    August 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Any chance you could do a few posts on how to wear belts sometime? Not the regular old through-the-belt-loops, but how to add them to dresses and wear over tops… how to pick the best widths and colors (etc). I'd love to know how to wear them with pizzazz!

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    Autumn Rosenbaum
    August 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I got a couple of braided belts from H&M, those work great, too! 🙂 Love this outfit!

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    August 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Love this casual look Audrey. Definitely one of my fav's. I need to get a leather puncher as I have belts that I don't wear because I have to add holes to them.



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    August 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the leather puncher, that's going right onto my Amazon wishlist! I would also love to see a post with tips for belting different types of outfits. I have been trying to add belts over tops and dresses, but I never feel like I'm quite doing it right. And yours always look perfect with your outfits!

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    August 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I've used my "Crop-a-Dile" from scrapbooking to punch holes in shoe straps and belts before when I need some more holes…it works perfectly! Love all your cute stripe picks! =)

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    Mary Kate
    August 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I do the same thing where I add additional holes to my belts to be able cinch them tighter except I use the lazy girl's leather puncher – a hammer & a large sized nail. 🙂

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    August 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    i never realized that your belts were longer. this is a great idea to be able to have one that works at your hips and waist.

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    Inge Jane
    August 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Wow, thanks for including the link to the leather puncher, I'll definitely be getting one!

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    August 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    A leather puncher! Why didn't I think of that?! I have the same problem with belts needing to be longer for my hips, and shorter for my waist.

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    August 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I like how the belt adds a pop of color to your basic outfit. I need to get better with belts… so lazy.
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

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    August 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I love how you made such a simple, classic striped dress into a really interesting outfit, with the accessories. Love the colored belt and sandals.

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    August 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I need a leather puncher so bad! Way too many belts sitting idle without that one necessary punched hole! Thanks for sharing Audrey 🙂

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    August 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I love the simple color of this belt and how it can make such a difference in our outfit!

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    August 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Oh the leather puncher sounds like a great idea! I'm often sitting in the kitchen with a chopping board and a pair of scissors trying to put an extra hole into a belt when I decide I want to wear it on my waist and not my hips, haha!

    Away From Blue

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    Jessie P
    August 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I find a hammer, nail, and work bench also does the job of adding extra holes to the belt. 🙂

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    Lauren O'Neill
    August 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Belts are awesome. They add a level of interest, color, and waist-definition AND can be tied countless ways!

    Exploring My Style

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    August 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I never knew such a thing as leather punchers existed! Where has this nugget of knowledge been all of my adult life?

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    August 20, 2013 at 12:25 am

    My leather hole puncher was the best money I've ever spent! I fixed all my belts to fit me perfectly. Such a great product

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    Brandy Hackett
    August 20, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Leather puncher=best tip ever. THANK YOU!

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    August 20, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Great tip on the leather puncher! I'm just now starting to build up a collection of belts, so this post was so timely for me!

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    August 20, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I've never heard of a leather puncher – great tip!


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    Clothes and Creativity
    August 20, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Stripes + Denim Jacket = Cute outfit! 🙂


    Clothes and Creativity


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    August 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I immediately clicked on the hole-puncher link and one is on its way to me now 🙂
    I have a gorgeous leopard print, calf-hair belt that I can only wear on my hips because the holes don't extend far enough. I was hesitant to use the hammer and nail method, lest I ruin the belt. Now I don't have to worry and I can buy any belt I want! Thanks, Audrey!

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    August 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Who'd have thought it was as simple a leather puncher. I never would have thought of that. Brilliant!

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    August 21, 2013 at 1:10 am

    haha, i've used a regular paper hole puncher (not the 3-hole one) to add extras to my belts. glad i'm not alone.

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    August 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I have learned so much from your blog! Thank you so much!

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    August 22, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Yes! I use a leather puncher for my belts as well – but I need to get a few more belts in a larger size to fit around my hips. i'm not usually a hip belter (usually, I just belt my dresses at the waist), but I'd like to try the look out as well. I'll need to hit up the thrift store or Target clearance to see if they have anything that will work! 🙂


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    August 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I bought a leather puncher and it changed my life! I love that thing!! Super cute color belt with the striped dress!


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