The next group represents the perhaps most common form of PVC belt, usually with a single layer of thick shiny plastic that is folded and stiched along the sides. Some belts were made of two layers of plastic stitched together at the edge, however. The inner layer is often skin colored (or even made of leather, but those belts have their own group).
New Somewhat stiff stitched shiny black belt. It has a rather large rectangular welded buckle.
New Medium width soft stitched purple belt with a textile base. The end has a decorative welded stitch pattern (not visible). The round buckle is welded, of course.
New Rather stiff black belt with a thick PVC sheet stitched around a back that looks like parchment. The welded buckle has no pin.
New Wide black stitched belt with a rounded welded half buckle and two belt loops.
New Very wide soft stitched violet belt with a somewhat undersized oval welded buckle.
New Very soft stitched black belt with an embossed surface and a shiny smooth inside. It has a small welded buckle.
New Another soft stitched blue belt with an almost smooth surface. It features a unique quadrupel edge stitch. It looks as if the belt has been shortened by a previous owner. The large buckle is welded.
Very soft stitched blue belt with a slightly embossed surface. The buckle is welded, of course.
A soft stitched blue belt. The welded buckle has an irregular and unusual shape.
A soft stitched gray belt. The welded buckle is slightly smaller than required by the belt width.
Unique thin stitched belt with a rectangular welded buckle that has three parts but no pin.
This black stitched belt has a thin backing and is decorated with several sewn on white PVC patches. It has a squarish welded buckle.
A black stitched belt in textile backed PVC. The welded buckle is round and somewhat smaller than the belt.
Another stitched belt in light gray embossed soft PVC. The welded buckle has a very irregular shape and is narrower than the belt proper.
This stitched belt has a smooth surface in bluish gray. The slightly stiff material must be folded inside the undersized welded buckle.
A thin stitched black belt with a metal buckle and grommeted holes.
This white stitched belt with a metal buckle but no pins or holes could only be worn loose.
Shiny red belt with stitched edges. The round buckle without pin is gold metal.
Magnificent red belt with a Swiss embroidery. This is stitched on top of a PVC belt that has its shiny red surface on the inside and the edges wrapped to the front and secured with stitching. The large handsome buckle is welded, of course. The same design where made in different colors, I have a green one too and found a blue specimen on the web.
Highly unusual stitched green belt embellished with a bow and a button. It has a common rectangular welded buckle.
Here the black PVC cover is folded over a lighter backing layer and stitched edgewise. It has a nice square welded buckle.
Still very supple, this stitched white belt features a slightly textured surface while the back is wonderfully smooth. The unusual welded narrow buckle has a romboid shape.
Narrow stitched red belt with a small self covered buckle.
This shiny green belt has a folded and stitched design. The welded buckle is nicely rounded.
Soft red embossed belt with a stitched edge and a narrow welded romboid buckle.
Red belt with a slightly embossed textilbacked PVC folded double and stitched along the edges. It has a nice welded buckle.
This thin brown belt features an embossed surface made to look like leather. This includes the welded buckle.
Medium wide red belt with stitched edges and the typical welded buckle.
A black version of the red belt below with shiny textile backed PVC folded and stitched along the edges. It also sports an undersized round welded buckle.
This thin belt has shiny black PVC folded at the edges over a beige backing and then stitched together. The welded buckle is rectangular.
Wide red belt in textile backed PVC with folded and stitched edges. Unusually, it has a large round welded buckle.
Beautiful vintage red belt in leather backed PVC. The stitching is here also decorative. The holes are reinforced with grommets. It has a fine welded buckle.
Fabulous stitched black belt with geometric decorations sewn on. The very long rectangular buckle is covered in welded white PVC.
Wide belt in light brown textured PVC that is folded double over part of its length before stitching. At its widest, this magnificent belt is a full four inches wide. It has the classical welded buckle, here without a pin.
Four examples with slightly different widths and buckles. Although common enough in their days, they are not so easy to find now as they were likely to be worn out by their users or damaged when found by a younger generation.
A fine not so wide example of the stiched belt with a neat looking squarish buckle.
Another thin belt with an unusual oval buckle.
A wide belt in dull black pvc with eyelet reinforced holes, a useful idea, even if I think the belt looks smoother without the eyelets. Only the front of the buckle is covered with PVC held in place by sheet metal on the rear - the self-covered buckle.
Another black belt with eyelet reinforced holes, and a similar type of self-covered buckle, although single-sided. The thick shiny PVC foil is backed by a synthetic fabric lining held in place by stitching on the folded edges.
This soft white belt illustrates a common fate – extra holes have been punched to fit a smaller waist. The original five rows of oval holes have been extended by the same amount of not so regular round ones.
A slim red stitched belt with a rectangular buckle that features a covered pin. You can see how it looks on my model Anika here.
This type of white stitched belt was probably quite common. The PVC is embossed with a texture that looks like a woven textile. Apart from the novelty, the plastic belt may have been cheaper that the textile version.
This shiny dark blue stitched belt features an unusual pointed end.
Another example of the self-covered buckle, here without a pin. A nice and probably common belt that would have been worn rather loose.
A shiny black version of the not uncommon wide belt with a narrow buckle without the pin. It looks as if these were popular, despite being rather cumbersome to don. It is not easy to pleat the rather stiff plastic through the buckle and make the finished product look nice. Belts using PVC coated canvas with this design may have been more practical.
Another stitched black belt with the narrow but elaborately shaped buckle. The buckle does not give much hold on the belt so this was probably worn rather loose.
But wait, this belt offer another unusual feature, the buckle comes loose completely and is normally gripped by the hook in the extreme end of the belt. An interesting but probably not entirely practical design.
Another unusual example of the narrow buckle belt. This one has a pin in the strange metal buckle, and eyelets on a reinforcing strip of plastic.
Medium wide black textile-backed PVC belt of a type that probably was quite common even in the seventies. This specimen features an injection molded buckle and was probably made later than ones with a clad buckle.
A beautiful red PVC belt, still very supple, despite being fifty years old. The unusually shaped buckle has no pin.
Style is primarily a matter of instinct.