Your guide to men’s belts

If you need a bit of fashion advice when it comes to picking the perfect man’s belt, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re wondering about anything to do with belt length, belt buckles or belt colours, then allow us to take the guesswork out of properly accessorising with this must-have wardrobe staple.

Picking the right size belt

Normally, men's belts will be sized in inches - this number is the length of the belt strap, from the buckle to the middle hole, which is generally where you will fasten it. You should aim for your belt to go under the first belt loop after the buckle. If you have to choose between a longer or shorter belt, go with the shorter option, as having a belt with a tail that sticks out will ruin the look of a good pair of trousers. In terms of ideal thickness, it should be between 2.5cm and 3.5cm wide for a formal belt, however a casual belt will be more flexible in terms of width.

Colours

Stick with black and brown leather when it comes to formal belts, and match to your shoes for a co-ordinated look. You might be tempted to buy a reversible belt with black on one side and brown on the other – trust us, this isn’t a good look and what you save in money you’ll lose in style. Calfskin leather is normally a hugely popular choice for men's belts, as it is soft yet supple. For casual belts there are less restrictions, after all, you wouldn’t wear a formal black leather belt to a summer picnic with shorts, would you? Feel free to experiment with some colours and fabrics here – we love this blue suede belt by Barker for a subtle colour injection. Cloth belts are also a really popular choice, but remember – the brighter the colour, the more people will focus on it and this part of your body.

Buckles

There is no need ever for a novelty belt buckle. Ever. Men of great style don’t wear them, and you shouldn’t either. Think small, flat and subtle here – anything novelty or over the top will cheapen your whole look. For casual belts quite often buckles don’t even feature – it’s very common to have just straps. The buckle tends to be single or double pronged, and casual belts can be a D-ring style, but these will only ever be used in a casual setting.

 

When you’re not wearing your belts, you need to store them properly so that they don’t get damaged. You can either store them curled up in a drawer, or invest in a belt hanger which will keep them flat. This wardrobe staple is a great way to complete an outfit, and with so many styles of men's belts available you can try a few different looks and find what works for you. If ever in doubt however, going beltless is better than going over the top!

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