For fashionable men, the humble belt is more than just a tool to hold up pants. It is also a stylish accessory that can accentuate and complete outfits for a stylish look. As such, choosing the right belt to wear isn’t just about coming out first in your wardrobe. From color coordination to choice of texture, choosing which belt to pull on requires some thought. Luckily, we’re here to make the process a whole lot easier. Below, our men’s belt guide will show you exactly how to choose and wear the perfect belt for every occasion.
Belt Size Guide
First, you’ll need to understand that knowing your belt size is integral. As obvious as it may seem, you need to make sure to go for belts that are not too long and certainly not too short. After trying on a belt, you should have a few inches left to push through your remaining buckle, keeping things aligned and tight appropriately.
Use a belt size guide to indicate which belt size will fit you best. Keep in mind that brands tend to use inches or general sizes for their belt lengths, so make sure your pants size matches your belt size.
Materials and Textures
Of course, leather is usually a go-to, which keeps things sleek and polished, especially for formal occasions. But an appreciation and ability to pull off belts in a variety of textures and materials will add dimension to looks, especially for casual outfits. Keep an open mind with woven belts, suede belts and other textured/embossed belts that come in a variety of other hues to jazz up looks in the easiest way. Keep things classic with versatile colors like blacks, browns, tans, nudes and whites for timeless pieces that can be worn endlessly and don’t be afraid of brighter pieces for each respective season.
Brown and tan belts
A brown or tan belt will provide versatility when perfecting casual looks. Perfect for all seasons, an embossed brown belt goes well with navy and other blues, bringing a warmer touch to looks. Keep it simple with brown and suede woven belts for added texture when wearing this humble accessory and opt for accent pieces in complementary colors and tones for a grounded look.
For formal looks, the general rule is to keep things minimalist, simple and elegant with clean lines and simple textures. Black is obviously the most appealing, given its complementarity with a classic black suit and other more basic tones. Opt for sleek black leathers with simple, slightly rounded buckles for a clean, classic way to underline your look. Remember that more formal aesthetics favor simple additions, so keep your belt relatively understated, but still on-trend.
Brighter belts in iridescent colors will be useful to simply brighten up casual looks. The important tip for trendy belts? Keep the other elements of your look relatively diluted and simplistic, which will allow your belt to create a statement. Brighter tones of classic colors will work tremendously, but also be aware of more modern toned sashes that will add an unexpected touch.
Belt Style Tips
A belt can divide your body giving the appearance of a flattering shape. When going for more proportion, opt for a contrasting hue to your clothes for a well-balanced look. Alternatively, for those who wish to appear taller or more elongated, opt for a belt that is the same color as the other tones in your look and can be concealed without sewing. This will give the illusion of increased proportion, working to make you look taller and neater.
Alternatives to the belt
Otherwise known as suspenders, suspenders can be a creative alternative to belts. For a vintage aesthetic that alludes to ’20s references, keep an open mind when choosing to accessorize with suspenders that can come in a range of textures and colors. Opt for contrasting straps to your shirt for a more dimensional look and make sure your shoes go with your overall palette.
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