Buckle Up with Raina

The belt is the single most underestimated accessory.

A belt can aid in flattering your figure, adding a chic touch to your look, and keeping things in place. Think of it as the cherry on the top of a sundae.

Choosing a belt and knowing how to use it can be a little overwhelming, so I sat down with THE belt expert Raina Goldenberg of Raina Belts to help you learn how to buckle up this season!

Q: With so many styles of belts how do you know which is right for a particular look?

RG:  The right belt can instantly transform your style.  A belt with color and texture  can really pop on a monochromatic look and a stretchy belt can sartorialize a otherwise baggy fitting dress. But many women have a difficult time choosing the right belt for the right look.

The Obi Belt style is perfect for wearing with tucked in shirts to hide the division of bottom and top and stunning when cinched over a long jacket.

(above: Obi Belt  Gucci)

(above: Raina Barburry Obi belt)

 Leather Belts are great slung around the hips or fitted at waist over loose fitting dresses to create a Bohemian look.

(above: from O Magazine Raina Leather belt)

(above: Raina leather belt)

Wide Belts look amazing over skirt and top combos giving them a retro wow factor.

(above: wide belt  Alice & Oliva)

(above: Raina Vixen wide belt)

Thin Belts make a stunning exclamation point over a light cardigan.

(above: thin belt Alice & Olivia)

(above: Raina Coco thin belt)

Embellished Belts a chic combination of soft leather and faceted crystals ensures it’s a striking yet versatile choice for day or night.  Pair it with a dress or high-rise denim for a more casual approach.

(above: embellished belt Elie Tahari)


(above: Raina  Firecracker embellished belt)

Knotted, Braided or Woven Belts.  Go for a relaxed, bohemian look with a versatile knotted, woven or braided belt, perfect for pairing with anything from skinny jeans to maxi dresses.

(above: Knotted belt Roksanda Ilinicic)

(above: Raina Firecracker Knot belt)

Stretchy Belts.  Cinch your style!  Wear this silhouette-defining belt over a dress to accentuate your waist.

(above: Stretchy belt Balmain)

(above: Raina Bazaar stretchy belt)


Raina Belts are Available at Saks Fifth Ave and Nordstrom.


Raina Belts wants to help you Buckle Up this season.  1 Lucky winner will receive a stunning Love Knot belt from Raina.

To Enter:

First, if you havent already, subscribe to this blog.  You can subscribe VIA EMAIL at the top right of sidebar.

Then, leave a comment on this post between Jan. 15 and 21st  telling me your favorite style of belt and how you wear it.

Good Luck and Thanks for Reading!

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Last weeks lucky winners are: Ann Payne for Miss America Tickets and Samantha Brandt for Cambodia Clutch!  Congrats!

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  1. Christie!!! Joanne, Charlie, Bill and I had a wonderful time at the Miss America Pageant last night. Thank you so very much for the great tickets! We had a great view from our seats. It was a great performance and I would love to go again next year! You’ll be getting a thank you note in the mail!
    I just finished reading Nina Garcia’s “The One Hundred” I have been thinking about my belt collection since. She says if the belt is big and bold, keep jewelry simple. So, if I win the eye-catching Love Knot belt, I will follow this rule. If trousers are low-slung or high waisted, wear a skinny belt.
    “A waist is a terrible thing to waste!” -annonymous.

  2. As a guy, I always wear a belt. I feel naked without it.
    I have a cool seatbelt buckle belt I like to wear occasionally.

  3. Love the leather belt! Especially for spring, I would wear it with a simple white tee and jeans shorts or a floral dress.

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