I'm not entirely sure how I happened on the site Once Upon A Belt but they have a fantastic selection of belt styles and colours. I opted for this wide obi-style belt by Poltsa as I thought the soft leather would work well with the soft jersey of my dress. Although hot pinks can be tricky to capture accurately in photographs, the pink is pretty close to what I was expecting from their images. Trying to pick out matching pink opaque tights from online swatches was another matter entirely!
Because I am fairly wide around the middle, I am somewhat limited as to how I can tie the belt. I do suspect that the other style of Obi belt that they offer might have been a better option for me as it looks to be slightly longer and the leather is also lined. However, I preferred the pink of this particular belt. It did get a little frustrated trying to tie it so that the red backing of the belt didn't show to avoid the obvious colour clash. I realise this probably makes me sound like a complete fuss pot!!
The belt has a side slit to allow you to wrap the belt around neatly. Because the leather is so soft, I discovered that you do have to be very careful about using the side slit as it can easily tear through the stitches, as mine did. No doubt I did this whilst practicing tying the belt to hide the red! Because I was nervous about causing any further damage, I opted to tie it around myself without bothering to use the slit. I also took care not to fasten it too tight.
Here's a quick look at the belt with the other accessories I wore on the day. The pink bag is the Wei Hai shopper from Oasis, which I previously had my eye on in the tan. The shoes are from New Look and are the comfiest pair of ballet flats I've worn in a long time. Needless to say they are the wide fit version.
The Poltsa belt cost £28.99 and postage was £3.49. From memory, it arrived the day after I placed the order. I will definitely be buying from Once Upon A Belt again and have my eye on one of the wide waist/hip belts in a dark colour and possibly another obi belt in black.