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The Belt Guide – How to Choose a Belt

The Belt Guide – How to Choose a Belt

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Choosing a belt is pretty straightforward but there are a few things every man should know.

 

Most men think of a belt as a functional item. Undeserving of too much attention. And yet….

 

All too often it’s these little details that betray us. Outfits let down by unpolished shoes. A black leather belt on a pair of pale summer chinos.

 

Giving a bit of thought to your belt – and crucially replacing belts before they get too shabby– is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.

 

How to Choose a Belt

There are two main points to note in relation to belts. Firstly, fit. And secondly, context and occasion.

 

Fit – How to Measure a Belt

 

Regardless of occasion, smart or casual, a belt should always be fitted to the middle hole. Nothing says bad grooming and declining standards quite like a belt hanging for dear life on the last hole.

 

 

So be certain that your belt is a good fit. The standard method for measuring belts is from buckle to the middle hole. The short video below explains how to get it right.

 

Right Belt for Right Occasion

 

Certain belts are suitable for certain occasions and there are a few things to be aware of:

 

Smart, Formal or Business Belts

 

If you’re investing a few hundred pounds in a suit, it’s good advice to take a little care of the belt you wear with it.

 

 

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When choosing a belt to wear with tailored trousers, or a suit, less is definitely more:

 

  • The smart belt should reflect the quality and character of the suit or trousers,
  • Stick to plain, simple classic styles in black, or brown leather. Possibly a dark charcoal, or carefully selected grey,
  • Patent finishes should be worn with care. Appropriate for evening, black tie, or the sartorially confident,
  • Never wear crocodile or snakeskin with formal wear, unless you’re a Texan oil baron,
  • Match belt and shoes, briefcase or leather accessories, and watch strap too if you can,
  • Avoid contrast stitching or elaborate patterns,
  • Never be tempted to play with colour or novelty,
  • Stear well clear of logo belts.
  • Extra style points for matching belt buckle finish with your watch.

 

Belts with Tweed

 

If you’ve ever wondered what belt to wear with tweed, the sound advice is that the belt dress code with tweed is similar to that for formal dress.

 

 

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  • The belt should reflect the quality and character of the jacket or suit: a black belt is suited to blue and grey Donegal tweeds, a brown belt works better with mossy greens.
  • Stick to plain, simple classic styles in black, or brown leather.
  • Never wear a patent leather belt with tweed,
  • Match belt and shoes (not a concern in casual dress),
  • Avoid contrast stitching or elaborate patterns,
  • Never be tempted to play with colour or novelty,
  • Only wear a logo belt if wearing tweed in a casual context.
  • Extra style points for matching belt buckle finish with your watch.

 

 

Casual, or Weekend Belts

 

There’s a bit more scope for self-expression in casual contexts.

 

 

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  • Enjoy both colour and pattern, but beware the ‘novelty’ belt,
  • No need to match shoes and belt,
  • Logo belts and big buckles make a bold statement,
  • Waffle belts are great weekend belts, adding textural interest,
  • Fabric and webbed belts are perfect for casual wear particularly in summer.

 

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