The woven stable belt is commonly associated with the post-war British Army, however it was also rapidly accepted into use by the RAF who issued it in their own traditional colours of light blue, red and dark blue. The earliest pictures of the RAF stable belt seem to come from 1947 and were initially used by the RAF Regiment before the design trickled out to the rest of the RAF. The design has changed over the years, however today we are looking at an earlier example in use up until the early 2000s:
This earlier design had a pair of leather tabs at one end:
And matching buckles on the other:
A silver slider is fitted to allow some size adjustment to the belt:
The belts are worn either as a trouser belt, or over the woolen jumper. They were never issue items, but they were commonly purchased by servicemen. Today these belts have been replaced with a design with a large chromed belt buckle as seen in this image of Air Marshall Barry Thornton.
One former RAF serviceman recalls the patchy acceptance of the stable belt over the post-war period:
And they then (stable belts, I mean) seemed to become very low profile outwith the Regt, especially during the RAF NS era, when BD morphed into tailored No2 dress, and eventually made an (outwith the Regt) reappearance in the early ’70s in time for Shirts, Collar Attached, and the Star Trek zippy No.2 jacket. I have a feeling that when they came ‘back in blues’ (though they probably never went in the first place) they were initially only worn with the short-sleeve shirt. Now, at that time, like the stable belt, short-sleeve shirts were personal purchase only, and there was an absolute ban on them being worn off-station (in fact, probably just home station only).