We have been on the look out for cool belts for some time, and we finally found the perfect ones. Here’s our review of one of our new favorite companies, MangoBay Designs.
Belts tend to wear out fast when you wear them almost daily to the barn. Between our phone cases scratching them up, fading and wearing, staining, and the annoyance at not quite finding the right hole for some of the various waist heights of our breeches…we were really wanting to find something a little more appropriate for schooling. However, we don’t want to look like slobs either and love finding a fashionable solution.
We had seen MangoBay Designs belts in a few places over the last year or so and decided to try one of their products. After looking at their designs and fantastic color combinations we narrowed our choice down to two belts (from about 10 we wanted). Their ordering system is quick and easy and the shipping was fairly quick as well. Our only note on ordering is that you should put some thought into your choice of size. If you tend to be smaller waisted and larger hipped, you probably can go down a size from the size suggestions and have less tail on the belts. We found we had more tail than we needed ordering the Long (we wear a size 10 normally) both on low rise and high waist breeches. We recommend doing some measuring of the length you need in your schooling breeches to order the best size and not have too much tail.
When our belts arrived we were probably a little too excited. The belts came packaged together in tissue paper secured by a sticker. The packaging makes it look special, like a gift. We appreciated that little extra effort.
The belts themselves did not disappoint. The metal rings are solid and high quality. We loved that each belt had a different metal finish (we didn’t even notice this when we ordered them). We think this gives the belts a little individuality we didn’t expect. The quality of the stitching is solid and sturdy and the webbed material is of good, strong quality. These belts worked on a variety of breech types and loop sizes without issue and we love the custom fit this type of belt gives on wearing various rises. They do not stain or get dirty easily and our phone case doesn’t seem to be damaging the webbing even a bit (YES!). Granted, we didn’t spray thrush treatment on them to see if that stains because we know that stains everything…
The designs from MangoBay are incredibly beautiful and eye catching and we have received tons of compliments. It is clear a lot of effort and thoughtfulness went into the creation of of the designs of these belts. Recently re-visiting MangoBay’s page we saw several new design and color combinations that weren’t available before. There are several more that we really want to add to our wardrobe.
Lucky for our readers, MangoBay Designs has offered a generous coupon code of 15% off your order. The code DECIDEQ is valid from June 15th until June 22nd at Midnight EST. Purchase your MangoBay Designs belts here and visit them on Facebook. Be sure to like them so you can see when new designs come out!
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