Inverted cross strap belt

Photo: Mette Bassett

Jeg købte dette læderbælte med skrårem i Oxfam-butikken i Chiswick for 8 pund, og faldt for dets utroligt bløde læder og den sjove ekstra rem. Godt nok mindede det mig om et eller andet militæragtigt, men jeg kunne ikke helt placere designet. Så jeg googlede det og til min forfærdelse dukkede disse billeder op:

English: I bought this belt in the Oxfam charity shop in Chiswick for 8 pounds and instantly liked it because of its very supple leather and the extra strap. It did remind  of something to do with military and soldiers, but I couldn’t really place its design. So I googled it and to my horror I found these pics:

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Og ja, det viser sig at både Mussolini og Hitler og hans trofaste Hitler Jugend havde lidt af en forkærlighed for bælter med skrårem…doh! for det vidste jeg jo egentlig godt. Jeg har seriøst ingen ambitioner om at blive high-fivet af en eller anden skinhead-type på gaden, så jeg har besluttet mig for at bære bæltet omvendt. Tag den nynazister! (Og for nu at være fair over for det stakkels bæltes historie, så blev det altså opfundet helt tilbage i 1850’erne af en fyr ved navn Sam Browne.)

Læs min guide til genbrugsshopping i Chiswick

English: And yes, apparently both Mussolini and Hitler and his Jugend bunch loved the cross strap belt. And there’s no way in H** I would risk having neo-nazis high-fivin’ me wearing this on the street. (To be fair to the belt it’s history as a military belt actually dates way back to the 1850s where it was invented by Sam Browne.)

So I’ve inverted it and will only be wearing it this way. I haven’t yet found the perfect outfit to wear it with but it might look good over a skirt with loads of volume.

Read my guide to second-hand shopping in Chiswick

Photo: Mette Bassett

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