Single Layer and Laminated Belts
Some belts were made with just a single layer of PVC but just as often this was reinforced with a backing layer by gluing or stitching it to the surface sheet. Ideally, both sheets were welded together but those examples have to wait for another section!
Neat wide white belt made from thick extruded PVC that has been given a slightly embossed surface pattern and perforations that accept two pins. The large welded buckle is covered in embossed vinyl.
Neat medium width red belt with a gold pinned welded half buckle and two belt loops. A red PVC layer with a slight texture is stitched to a skin colored textile backed inner layer. A previous owner has shortend the belt and added some holes to it.
Smallish black belt with a welded buckle that has a covered pin. The belt strap consists of two similar layers of soft PVC stitched together. The previous owner has shortend the belt with a bit of crude cutting and riveting.
A neat wide white belt with a welded single pin buckle. The thick shiny top layer of PVC is textile backed and stitched to a thinner sheet with a textured inside.
This medium width black belt has a thin shiny layer of black of PVC stitched to a slightly thicker skin colored textile reinforced sheet with a smooth inside. It features a neat rectangular welded buckle with a single pin.
Very small black belt that consists of two very thin layers of PVC bonded together. The thin top layer is shiny black and the somewhat thicker inside layer has a skin color. This belt has a tiny welded half buckle with a pin.
A brown belt made from thin shiny PVC stitched to a thicker sheet with a leather pattern. The round buckle without pin is welded, of course.
Neat blue belt in thick textile backed PVC with a discreet surface pattern. The stitch is mostly decorative. It has a welded buckle without pin and a belt loop.
Thin black belt backed by leather stitched to the shiny PVC front. It ha a self covered buckle with a single golden pin.
A skinny patent leather belt with a welded half buckle. The surface is a thin soft PVC sheet stitched to a thicker PU backside. This may have appeared in the seventies.
Pretty green belt where the decorated front PVC is backed by leather. The welded buckle is somwhat oval in shape.
A wide wide dark blue belt with thin PVC backed by stitched pleather. It has a round welded buckle with no pin.
A wide black belt backed by an PVC sheet with an intricate embossing pattern. It has the classic welded buckle and nice pointed end. No wardrobe should be without a similar shiny accessory.
Red belt with white bands stitched on. A thin red plastic sheet is stitched on top of an inner skin colored and textile backed PVC layer. It has a large welded half buckle in red plastic.
Sturdy red belt where the base consists of laminated red and skin colored PVC with a textile sheet in between. In addition, a blue PVC strip has been stitched to its edges. The square welded buckle is also blue.
This wide red belt is backed by leather stitched to the shiny PVC front. The two pin buckle is self covered with thin red plastic.
Medium width black belt with patterned PVC backed by stitched leather. It has a half buckle with welded plastic.
Medium sized shiny red PVC belt with a leather backing. The cute little welded buckle features a covered pin.
Shiny black PVC double stitched to a red lining. It has a nice little welded buckle with a single silver pin.
Unique golden PVC belt with a leather backing. It has a half buckle with welded plastic and two belt loops.
Thin red patent belt with two layers double stiched together. The slightly textured top layer is textile backed. It has a small welded almost square half buckle.
Another simple belt with a shiny brown PVC layer stitched to a thicker pleather backing. It has a small almost square welded buckle.
Handsome green belt with a leather backing held in place with a decorative double stitch. The full welded buckle has a nicely rounded shape. This belt has probably not seen much use so the pin still has its cover in place.
This neat medium wide belt has a shiny plastic surface and a velvet inside held together with a stitch along the edge. The welded buckle is nicely rounded.
A brown belt where the shiny PVC surface is glued to a thin leather backing. It has a welded oblong buckle.
Medium wide black belt with a nicely embossed surface and a velvet back. The square buckle is pleasantly rounded.
This wide black belt is backed with thin leather stitched to the front PVC.
Another fine leather backed belt with a smooth blue vinyl surface. The welded buckle is small with one half only. To compensate, there are two thin belt loops, one fixed and one than can slide along the belt.
Another type of stitched belt with a second layer of smooth beige PVC sandwiched to its inside. The buckle is the usual welded type while the end of the belt has an unusual asymmetric shape.
Stitching can also be decorative as in this beige belt with a smoothPVC doubly stitched over thin leather. The buckle is the usual welded type.
A leather backed belt with a brown PVC surface and a welded squarish buckle with a golden pin.
This belt is a very simple one, just one layer of PVC. The typical buckle has two layers of PVC welded around a stamped metal shape. This looks great but prolonged and heavy wear will cause the plastic cover to break around the edges. The belt is also prone to breaking around the pin holes, even if reinforced by tape on the back. Nevertheless, it features the shiny black wideness that we all love, and the thin and soft material easily adapts to the waist of its proud wearer.
I may have bought this new in a department store in the seventies, so it could be the last example of the genuine PVC belt that was sold here.
The shiny black PVC is here laminated to a thicker foil with a velvet inside. A more durable design but not so supple as the previous example.
Another laminated belt, slightly thinner but rather stiff. This belt is wider in the middle than around the buckle.
A thin brown laminated belt that features a nice rounded buckle with a gold colored pin and oval holes.
In this belt the two layers has been stitched together around the edges. The PVC has a slightly textured surface.
This brown laminated belt has a fake stitch around its edges, probably made by running a sewing machine needle without the thread along the edge. The large welded buckle has an uncommon shape and is held to the belt with two clips rather than the usual grommets.
Another two-layer belt with a stitched edge. Off-white or light beige in color, it has a square buckle with a covered pin. The open end tapers slightly towards a blunt finish.
This class of belt is backed with a textile-reinforced PVC that is stitched to the top layer. This gray sample from France has a contoured edge and a PVC-clad buckle.
A somewhat similar black belt that is a bit of a mystery pinwise. The part holding the buckle actually have two holes that might have had pins in them and the belt have six pin holes but these are quite far away from their usual place. My guess is that it originally had no pins but that someone added them later only to remove the probably crude contraptions again.
This neat French belt features a leather backing glued to the PVC for added strength.
Another leather backed PVC belt, stitched instead of glued. In medium width black it would have looked great on a slim waist. The buckle only have one large side and a long pin. Despite the leather backing, the plastic is broken in one of the holes.
A beautiful beige belt with the slightly textured plastic attached to a leather backing with a decorative stitch. The large single buckle is clad in welded pvc, of course.
Another handsome leather backed belt with a decorative stitch. The PVC clad double buckle features two wide pins that go into unsual elongated holes.
Yet another smooth leather backed beige belt with the typical PVC covered double buckle that makes it very similar to some of the stitched belts in the next section.
Only great minds can afford a simple style.