All About Belts: How to tie, hole punch, and store belts

Per your requests, I’ve compiled my favorite belt tips and tricks into one video. It was nice and awkward lying down while filming the trench-tying tutorial, but hopefully the neck strain and burning abs were worth it : )


Products mentioned: Belt Hole Puncher (a must have!) and Belt Ring Hanger
You can also buy the hole puncher on eBay, or at Michaels or ACMoore. Be sure to look for coupons!
What I’m wearing: Details in this outfit post. Nude nail polish is Zoya Shay.


The half bow loop for trench coat belts and longer fabric belts:


Burberry sz 2 short trench (similar) from this postBanana Republic Mad Men Leopard Pumps


And the simple loop for shorter/thicker fabric belts or skinny leather belts:


Burberry sz 2 felted wool coat (2011 version), Theory slacks sz 00 (similar), Perfect Patent Pumps


Fellow coat lovers, please see my Burberry coat archives including my very first outfit post : )



60 thoughts on “All About Belts: How to tie, hole punch, and store belts

  • Reply I am Khatu October 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    is this what you were doing yesterday? 🙂

  • Reply Julie Khuu October 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Love to see how to's on closet organization! Especially for us petite and tiny gals, that belt hole puncher is a wardrobe staple! You're always so on top of the best ways to save babe…Props!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

  • Reply R.L. October 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Your vids have such personality and are so useful! Many thanks for going to the trouble to film that laying down, lol. I'm direction challenged and didn't get it until seeing it from that angle. I've actually always stayed away from belted coats bec I find the simple knots cumbersome but cinching in the waist makes a world of a difference. If JCrew ever restocks on their townhouse trench in camel 00P, I'm going to have to buy now!

  • Reply Lesley October 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    THANK YOU, JEAN!! going to test the knot on the trench NOW (instead of cleaning house..haha).

  • Reply Mary Ann October 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the vid! This gives me an idea of what to do with a new dress that has a trench-like tie w/ buckle on it!

  • Reply Cee October 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    It's crazy talk, but learning how to tie the cute half-knot may be the final convincing I need to get that Burberry trench, hahaha. Jean! Look what you've done. I kid 🙂 Thank you for always being so helpful with your tips!

  • Reply tiffyama October 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I recently got a trench coat from goodwill a few weeks ago. Will try out the belt tying method!

  • Reply Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) October 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Great video Jean! Love how you are always so informative!

  • Reply Sarah Stright October 31, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I love this and I love your blog! You have such great style and ideas.

  • Reply CL October 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you so much for the tips! I never knew how to dealt with the floppy belt =p I would just keep circling the belt around..

  • Reply Michelle October 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Lol!!! I love your intro pic and was laughing so much at your "unsightly length" portion of the clip! Too cute!!

    Your felted wool coat is gorgeous!!

    Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  • Reply mai October 31, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Great tutorial! I'm going to have to try that with my trench coat!

  • Reply kileen October 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    thanks for the tutorial, Jean!! i always wondered how to properly tie a trench coat and this tutorial was perfect! and the top-down view was definitely the most useful!

  • Reply Alexandra October 31, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Hi, Jean. Just a personal curiosity: how many (and which) of the Burberry coats that you blogged about do you still have today?

  • Reply glo ♥ November 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I'm so glad you posted this video, I've always had so much problems with my belts haha. Love you

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl November 1, 2011 at 12:06 am

    @I am Khatu How'd you guess? : )

    @AlexandraHi Alexandra! In the 7 links of reviews/posts, I have kept: #2 black raincoat, #3 black wool coat, #4 blue/gray jacket, #7 khaki trench, and then I have one super warm toggle coat that I don't think has gotten any blog love yet!

  • Reply The Little Dust Princess November 1, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I love how you tied the Burberry coat. I'll have to see if my Zara one is long enough to do so as well!! It definitely saves all that looping time!

    For more belt (and other fashion) tips, I highly recommend Chriselle Lim. I LOVE this video and have been using the techniques she taught nonstop (specifically the fish & infinity loops). The fish loop is super adorable and the infinity loop is really cool if your belt is long enough. Have fun ;D


  • Reply Edwina November 1, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Your tips are amazing! Love your coats as well!

  • Reply Anonymous November 1, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Thanks for the video! I really appreciate your blog. I was just dealing with belt issues this morning, so the timing is perfect. 🙂

  • Reply Megan November 1, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I've ALWAYS wondered what to do with my too-long belts on my coats! This is a life saver for this winter season! Thank you, Jean!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Reply La Professionnelle November 1, 2011 at 2:23 am

    My belt hole punch is one of my favorite "tools" because I secretly punch holes into my boyfriend's belts without him noticing and then wear them with hipsters 😉

  • Reply happyroach November 1, 2011 at 3:03 am

    i'v been DYING to figure out how to do the trench coat tie! thank you so much for demonstrating it (especially at the lying down angle! genius ;p)

  • Reply PetiteLittleGirl November 1, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I am so in love with your felted wool coat. Thanks for the review, Jean. Your tips are always helpful and informative.

  • Reply lin November 1, 2011 at 8:02 am

    great video and thanks for the tips. i'm gonna try the trench coat tying method once i receive my coat. lol. you have some nice burberry coat collection there…..i'm still on the lookout for mine. 😉

  • Reply dietingfashions November 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Thank you for this video. It is very helpful. I have always seen those belt hangers and I probably have one somewhere. But I never knew what they are for. Also I need to run out and get belt hole puncher.

  • Reply withloveshmon November 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

    awesomeee! very helpful 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous November 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Jean, your videos are always so helpful. Thanks for taking the time…

  • Reply Anonymous November 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Jean, great video! I bought the belt punch after you showed it in a past post. I love it and have used it several times. Just recently to help my son with a Halloween costume that needed a belt around his head. Ha Ha Also, a tip I learned somewhere for that extra belt material, is to put those teeny tiny hair rubber bands around the belt and simply slip the extra through it. They come in packs of about 100 and come in clear, black and brown. I find they work really well. Patti

  • Reply Gini November 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    AWESOME video! Thank you!

  • Reply Anonymous November 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Do you have any tips on how to find the perfect trench coat for a petite woman who is 5'1? Thanks!

  • Reply My Dressy Ways November 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Jean, you always have the most useful tips! Thanks for all you do!

  • Reply Itsher November 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Jean,

    Can you do a blog entry / video about wearing business clothes during the winter season? I'm having a difficult time dressing for the colder weather 🙁

    Thank You!

  • Reply Sue C. November 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Off to Michael's to purchase a belt hole puncher in my nicely tied trench coat. Thanks for the great informative video.

  • Reply Meg November 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    So simple and so chic – thank you!

  • Reply Anonymous November 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for this great video! I have several skinny belts that do not fit properly and the belt hole punch appears to be a must have. I am adding it to my list of things to get ASAP. Thanks again!

  • Reply Sarah November 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! The belt-tying tip was super helpful, and I love that it's simple to do and looks so chic.

  • Reply Melissa E. November 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Love your blog! Just came back from the mall & wanted you & other fellow petites to know that The Limited just started carrying dress trousers in Size 00 Short! They have got to be THE BEST fitting pants I have ever tried off the rack, which is pretty darn exciting for someone who hardly ever fits anything "as is", especially pants (I'm 5'3" & about 110). The price was a little steeper than what I'd typically pay ($74.90), but I had a 25% coupon & Limited has sales all the time & there was no way I was going to pass them up. When I asked the SA for any other pants in that size fully intending to buy them all lol, she informed me that they only came in that 1 color & style (Black, "Drew" fit). She said they're doing a kind of test run first to see how well they sell before deciding whether to offer 00 in other colors & styles.

    So I figure we petites are always saying how we wish retailers would cater more to people our size- so here's our chance to show them that we are out there & more than willing to buy well made, attractive clothing that fits! I know it sounds like I work for the company but I promise I don't lol! I would just be really sad if I went back 6 months from now & they say that they stopped carrying that size b/c there wasn't a big enough market for it. So hopefully the pants work for some of the other ladies out there 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous November 2, 2011 at 1:31 am

    General alert – I have snagged some GREAT petite finds in the Target girls department lately.

    In particular they have some fabulous detailed cardis right now that are very well-proportioned and whose grown-up versions would be significantly more expensive.

    I picked up this today in a girl's large. Just adorable and really nice detailing…fit perfectly.

    I may go back and do some more plundering.

    They also have some adorable coats for rock-bottom prices including some well proportioned if low end trenches.

  • Reply Anonymous November 2, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Thanks jean for the knot tying video. I have always intrigued by the half knot on J Crew catalog and I finally got the tip. I immedately tried it on my trench and it looks fantastic. Thank you so much, you are always so informative!!!

  • Reply Café Bellini November 2, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Brilliant, thank you! I have a couple of Burberry trench coats so I'll be trying out the 'bow' method!

  • Reply Tara D November 2, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Jean, do you have retailer resources for belts that are meant to be worn at the waist? I'm okay with punching holes, but most of the belts are nowhere near the length I want, and that's especially awkward when the belt is a little bit wider than skinny. I tried on this dress at LOFT, loved it, but sadly left it because I thought it looked silly without a belt, but there were no belts at any of the stores that were small enough.;=89923252&catid;=catl000054&productPageType;=saleProducts&defaultColor;=8880

  • Reply Imogen November 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Excellent post, I've wanted to know a lot of stuff about belts especially how to punch additional holes in them.

  • Reply Candy Apple Fashion November 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I used your video this morning to tie my trench 🙂

  • Reply SewPetiteGal November 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks Jean! We all really appreciate the ab burning to give us first-person perspective on the belt tying – very helpful!

  • Reply rolala November 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the great tips! I tend not to wear the belts on my coats cause I usually don't know how to deal with them but I'm looking forward to trying your bow method now.

  • Reply just tututiny November 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Love that belt hole making tool – hahaha. You look so silly holding it. My usual techinical is to use a hammer and nail – I know I know, it's just faster and easier for me than to run out and buy another tool that will take up space in the house 😉

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl November 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you everyone so much for watching, and for taking the time to leave a comment! I can't take credit for coming up with most of the ideas, just trying to pass them along because I've found them to be so helpful : )

    @Anonymous@La Professionnelle So many unexplored alternative uses for this hole puncher! ; )

    @Anonymous Decide on what style you want (single breasted, double breasted, khaki vs. black, etc). As for fit, make sure the shoulders fit you. Total length I prefer to hit above the knee. If the sleeves are long, you can have them shortened to fit. Fellow petites have had luck at Banana Republic petites, Ann Taylor also had a petite trench, and Old Navy has petite sized trench coats as well.

    @Itsher Hi Itsher, I usually just wear a suit, or skirt with blazer over opaque black tights (bought at H&M; or Target) and then flats to commute. If it's precipitating I'm in my black rainboots. Really nothing changes too much from summer except darker colors, thick coat layered over plus scarf, and the tights.

    @Sue C. LOL!

    @Melissa E. Thanks for sharing the news! I get so many recommendations to try the Limited. Fellow petite women have had luck there even without their 00 Short, so I'm sure this well be a welcome surprise for them. I'll look online to see if they exist on the website, and tweet to spread the word.

    @Anonymous Thanks for sharing with us! The lace cardi is cute.

    @Tara D Hmm…my shortest belts amongst my collection are from Banana Republic outlet (they have some XS) and also the stretchy elastic banded ones that I find at H&M.; If you don't want extra length hanging out, give those a shot, or take your leather belts to the cobbler to get them shortened.

  • Reply Suziee November 3, 2011 at 12:44 am

    You are too cute, Jean! I loved how you flopped around your belt (2:57 mark)- you made my day! =]Thanks for your super insightful post!

  • Reply Anonymous November 3, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Jean, you should do a blog on what to wear on rainy day. I am 5'1 and I do not know what type of rain boots to buy.

  • Reply anjali November 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    You are gorgeous…am also petite but like you I manage to style as per my wish

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