Fashion 101: How To Custom-Fit A Belt

January 17th, 2009 § 7 comments

We love belts for their form and function. Not only can they hold up your pants, they can also define a waist or add a splash of color to any outfit. We’ve recently discovered how to repurpose belts previously worn low around the hips as waist-defining accessories. All one needs is a simple tool – a leather hole puncher – easily found at craft or fabric stores (Thank you, T., for this one!).
The Tool: 


Leather hole puncher, originally uploaded by academichic.

The Belt in Question:


The belt in question, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Determine where the new hole(s) should go by wrapping belt around the smallest part of your waist (remember to wear the outfit you plan to pair it with)
  • Select the hole punch diameter by comparing it to existing holes in the belt
  • Test the hole size on a practice piece of card-stock  (paper tends to be too thin)
  • Position the tool and use (extreme) force to punch the new hole
  • Try out your new belt!

The hole punching process, originally uploaded by academichic.


§ 7 Responses to Fashion 101: How To Custom-Fit A Belt"

  1. [...] coffee shop after a quick morning TA meeting. I love the soft suede of this belt but I had to create an extra hole to make it fit around my waist.  Thank you S. for your awesome belt-hole-puncher!  A. [...]

  2. [...] Maroon Belt – Target (custom-fit) [...]

  3. [...] Red belt – TJMaxx, custom-fit by me with belt hole puncher  [...]

  4. [...] Belt – Banana Republic, altered by me. [...]

  5. [...] my waist. Rather than purchase a whole bunch of new belts, I got this awesome tool from T. that allowed me to custom-size several of my longer belts to fit smaller parts of my torso. I highly recommend this little tool if [...]

  6. [...] for some nail-related punishment, a memory flickered through my ailing brain. It was a memory of this post from the now-defunct Academichic blog. And I thought, “One of those leather punch tools would [...]

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