The Secret to Picking The Right Men's Belts
The Secret to Picking The Right Men's Belts
Men's belts are probably the second most important accessory
in a man's fashion plate, trailing only behind the all-important pair of
shoes: over the years we've been taught that shoes are an important
indicator of who a man is, but a man's belt goes with his shoes in
almost every respect.
It's not only an indicator of a man's style, either. The
belt-and-shoes combo pulls his whole look together like nothing else
can. Otherwise, we might as well all still be wearing suspenders (which
is still an option, more on that below).
Men's Belts: The Secret Fashion Weapon
Yet even as men's accessories leap back into the forefront of men's fashion, most of that boom has gone to shoes, jewelry, and even luggage. We barely think twice about grabbing a belt off the rack and being done with it.
A good belt does a lot more than hold up your pants; it brings your
whole look together -- and places attention where you want it, while
taking attention away from where you don't.
Check out some of the secrets to shopping for men's belts.
Size Yourself Up
A good rule of thumb when buying men's belts is to add three inches
to your pant size when sizing your belt; this is to ensure your belt
will consistently loop on that coveted third hole.
Any shorter than that, and you'll be constantly unbuckling it every
time you sit down or have a big meal. Longer than that, and you'll have
that unsightly "tail" effect that does no one any good.
Men's belts start at about 27 in American sizes, which is usually
known as a Small, and each size goes up three inches from there, so that
a 30 would be a Medium and a 33 would be a Large. After that, just
start adding those X's.
Match the Shoe Material
This is the most important part of buying a belt. A cheap plastic
belt with leather shoes is pointless: you may as well not have the
shoes, to begin with.
If you really want to tie your outfit together, you should always
make sure to be wearing a belt made from a material that at least
somewhat matches your shoes. The number of fine leathers that go into
belt craftsmanship today is pretty impressive.
Similarly, there's no point in wearing a leather belt with crocodile boots when crocodile itself is available.
You can go with something casual but not too distracting. You can even
go with a cloth, denim, or woven belt if you're being really casual.
Match the Shoe Color
This is another important component, and it's an absolute must for formal wear: match black to black, brown to brown, etc.
Unless you're working with a fashion model level of swag -- and most
people who think they are, usually aren't -- white belts are probably
out. Find some other light color to work with.
Wide or Skinny?
This is another important aspect of fashion that men don't think of often enough.
Men's belts should be skinny when formal, wider when casual. In fact,
wear any belt wider than 1.5 inches, and you're already in casual
territory, whether you like it or not.
Belts as Fashion
A lot of people like to experiment with belts, and that's fine, but make sure you have the physique for it before you start.
The belt is literally the centerpiece of your outfit. It will draw
attention to your waist if it doesn't mesh perfectly with everything
else. This is why awesomely fit fashion models can wear outrageous, even
ridiculous, belts and get away with it.
Most of us need to remember that a belt with a lot of personality is
going to draw attention to your midsection -- which may not be where you
want eyes to land first.
Here's a trick a lot of guys don't know about: what color metal should your belt buckle be"
We usually don't even think about this when factoring in men's belts,
but we should. The buckle stands out from the rest of the belt, after
all, which makes it more an accessory than anything else.
A good rule of thumb is to match the metal in your belt buckle with the metal of your watch -- or, failing that, your rings (or cufflinks if you're going formal). Whatever sort of man jewelry you're sporting, you look better if you match the buckle to it.
As far as size goes, here's all you need to know: the bigger the buckle, the less formal you're being.
Usually, most men buy belts off the rack and think about them only as
a last minute accessory, like a pair of dress socks. But there's
nothing that says you can't get a good tailor made belt that'll go with
almost any outfit you have.
If nothing else, you can be sure that it'll fit you properly -- and a
really good handcrafted belt will last you for years and years.
Yes, suspenders! They're forever going in and out of style, mainly
because they have a classic sense of Americana to them, but they only
tend to look good on guys with a great physique. Get a little pudgy,
they'll just make you look like an old man.
They're forever going in and out of style, mainly because they have a
classic sense of Americana to them, but they only tend to look good on
guys with a great physique. Get a little pudgy, they'll just make you
look like an old man.
If your body is nice and tight, however, knock yourself out. You can
go with a strappy classic white American T, or short-sleeved collared
monochrome shirts. These look great with other retro accessories, like
straw boater hats, but again, you need a fashion-plate body to pull this
Men's Belts Are As Important As Men's Shoes
Far from being a last-minute add-on at the haberdasher's, the classic
American men's belts can be the cherry on top of a perfect outfit, a
style choice that brings the whole look together while affording you a
good bit of comfort as well. but
But don't wait until you need a new suit! You can start experimenting
with different types of men's belts right now if you're looking to
craft a new look.
Whether it's tailor-made or off the rack, it can make a subtle but
very definite impression at your very next guy's night out or social get
together. The classic man's belt is the secret weapon in your fashion
arsenal, and at Bickering Shop, we have the belts to bring out your true
style. Just look around!