I travel light, and it always annoys me to have to carry several belts to fit and match different pants and skirts. My new Invisbelt solves that, and as an added bonus I can wear it through airport security checks.
A pair of tan slacks with a natural waistline, a pair of hip-hugging jeans and a low-riding black skirt are all folded neatly in my suitcase. But the belts to go with all of them Ė an extra long one for the jeans, a short tan one for the slacks, a long tan one for the skirt Ė take up almost as much room as the clothes, and whichever one I wear Iím likely to have to remove at airport security.
Because I wear a concealed body wallet that attaches to a belt, and because nearly all the kind of pants I like have belt loops, I need to wear a belt when I travel. I find myself planning an entire trip wardrobe so I wonít need to pack more than two belts. But that was before Invisibelt entered my vocabulary. Now I wear one and pack none.
The clear plastic belt adjusts easily and the extra length just folds back underneath, held in place by a flat toggle, clear and unseen, like the belt itself. Instead of a traditional buckle, it has a flat interlock in front, also clear plastic. When I wear it with pants that ride low on my hips, I can lengthen it quickly. And because itís clear, it matches anything.
Is this new belt perfect? No. Thereís always a price for anything so handy. Itís not the money Ė the belt only cost me $20 Ė itís the width. At an inch and a quarter wide it barely squeezes through the belt loops on my favorite dressy slacks and simply wonít fit another pair I like to travel in.
And while the buckle itself is very flat, even after Iíve been wearing it quite a while the belt doesnít lie flat in front where it bends around the buckle to adjust. So unless I wear it tighter than I like to, it bulges under close-fitting shirts. That problem could be solved if they had provided a narrow retainer loop that could be slid against the buckle to hold the double layer of belt flat. I'm going to suggest that to the makers.
And it is not especially dressy Ė it is after all plastic, so itís not as elegant as my ostrich-skin belt. But Iím not a fashionista, and it looks really cool with casual wear, so I can live with that for the convenience of one belt that fits all.