Did you know ? In the 20s belts were usually made of the same fabric as the outfit and in the 30s belts were frequently included as a fashion accessory to an outfit . In the 40s belts became more of a utilitarian style , usually made with tough material such as leather or suede and by the end of the decade they were worn to highlight the waist .The 50s saw the belts getting wider , being worn with basically any outfit . In the 60s the waistline dropped and belts were worn on the hips . In the 70s belts were made with fabric and chain .