I posted about this Talbots belt on Instagram but wanted to do a more detailed review. My vintage Hermes belt is undoubtedly one of my favorite and most versatile pieces, so I was ecstatic to find this dupe. I get lots of requests on a “look for less” with that belt, but previously the only version I’ve found was by Ferragamo, which is very similar and good quality, but not too much less at about $400.
In terms of quality, compared to my vintage one the leather on this one (listed as genuine leather) definitely feels stiffer and not as supple. The hardware has good weight to it without being too heavy. I feel you get what you pay for, so this can’t really to be compared to one that costs over 10x more. I think it’s worth it if you’ve had your heart set on this hard-to-find style belt, plus you get 2 in 1 with the reversible feature.
Fit-wise, I am wearing an XS which runs big so I have extra holes punched. If you don’t have a leather hole puncher yet, not sure what you’re waiting for because I use one to get a perfect fit on nearly all my belts, and sometimes handbag straps and shoes too. The site lists the XS to fit 29″ – 33,” so I expected having to punch new holes if I wanted to wear it higher at my natural waist. It did fit fine without extra holes when worn lower at the hips with jeans and pants.
Before signing off, I wanted to share some pairing ideas for a belt like this one. See below for just a few of the many ways I’ve worn my Hermes version! I could only wear mine high at the natural waist because the belt size is so small, but the Talbots one fits lower and will be more versatile for wearing with pants/jeans.