For Men: A Simple Fashion Guide to Buying and Wearing Belts

The right belt is a fashion necessity for every man. Belts are not just for holding up trousers. If worn correctly, a belt can add class and pizzazz to an outfit. Here are some helpful tips on choosing belts and wearing them right:

Types Of Belts:

The Formal Belt

Belts can for the most part be easily sectioned into casual and formal, so certain styles are indicative of particular situations or purposes. For example, a plain, slim, leather belt with a small buckle will be best suited to the more formal end of the scale whilst a coloured, fabric belt will be more at home in casual outfits.

The Casual Belt:

The casual belt is thankfully a much more versatile and variable accessory than the formal styles. You are not tied to a particular uniform so you have more freedom in what you want to wear – what style, what size, what colour and what type you choose is pretty much endless.

The Statement Belt

If you really want to make your belt work for you – as a key feature as well as an accessory – you have to go all out and make a bold statement. Whether you do it with block colours, bold patterns or a mixture of both is entirely up to you.

Tips to Consider When Buying Belts

-When buying a belt, look at the tag, indicating the size. Preferably, you should buy a belt that is a few inches above your regular waist size. For example, if your waist size is 32, buy a belt of size 36 or 40.

-Also, consider the width of the belt when shopping. Belts, one or one and a half inches wide are ideal for formal wear. If it’s over two inches wide, it falls under the casual category.

– The length of the belt before is also an important factor. The length of the belt should be such so as to make it easier for you to buckle it tightly in the middle hole.

-Choose a belt that is around the same price range with your shoes and clothes.

-If you are buying a belt for work, go for leather belts that have a glossy and reflective finish. For informal events you can choose amongst the canvas or cloth belts.

-All types of belts have some types of tightening clamps or buckles. While shopping for a belt remember that flat and long buckles go well with formal apparels. Whereas, the big, bulky and flashy buckles are meant for party wear and casual dresses.

Dos and Don’ts

-If you wear male jewelry of any kind — cufflinks, tie tacs, and so forth — the belt should be in the same color family.  Silver accents should go with a silver belt buckle and gold with gold.  A wedding ring is always an exception.

-Leather should always match leather.  That rule stays with you in formal and casual wear:  brown leather shoes go with a brown leather belt, and black with black.

-Glossy belts should be paired with highly-polished shoes; matte shoes go with matte belts.

-Rare animal patterns can be very expensive, but should still be considered casual wear.  A very high-quality ostrich-skin belt is too ostentatious for a business setting.

-Leave the printed, studded, cowboy belts or the ones in unusual colors for celebrities and fashion models. If you are buying the belt for a party, analyze your personality and choose the belt accordingly.


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