Black Belts first surfaced on Chictopia's streetstyle gallery in Spring 2008 seen on Kristiansand blogger Elenita of elenita.no. She wore her black H&M belt with a black Bellapacella hat, white Vila dress, and black Bianco shoes. Since then, Black Belts have grown in popularity as bloggers from Manila, Los Angeles, and New York have discovered them. Black Belts are generally seen in casual, chic, and trendy style. Popular brands of Black Belts are Zara, thrifted, H&M, Forever 21, and vintage.