Lessons Learned from Years with Belts

How to Buy Men's Belts

Even as the early belt was typically used for practical purposes, belts nowadays have taken a new role, from being just a functional necessity to serving as a tool of style as well. As it plays an important role in any wardrobe's utility, it is even more important to be properly informed on what to look for when shopping for a new belt.

First off, what exactly do you want a belt for? If your objective is something practical (to hold your pants up), then a heavy-duty belt - think along the lines of traditional leather - makes a good bet. This may be higher priced than its faux-leather match, but its extended life definitely makes it the more cost-effective option.

Another aspect to look into when buying a belt is the buckle. There are plenty of different styles as well as sizes that can really change the impact of an outfit. From the decorative to the regular square, buckles can vary a lot not just in look but also in price. Some specialty buckles can be wildly expensive. Custom buckles are undoubtedly not for everyone, sometimes costing up to thousands of dollars.

Belt Sizes

The most critical part of purchasing a belt is ensuring that you have the right size. Is it's oversized or undersized, it can affect not only the function and comfort offered by the accessory, but its longevity and general look too. If you take your time to ensure that you have the right belt size, you can spare yourself the hassle of having to get a better fitting belt.

Aside from properly sizing a belt, you also want to take note of the width of the belt loops where the belt has to pass. For most formal wear, for example, the width must be no more than 1.5 inches, but anything wider will usually go easily with casual pants. If you know this in advance, you can avoid buying the wrong belt.

Color Coordination

Color coordination is a usually ignored part of belt buying. Based on the general rule, shoes and belt should always go together. Though may go all out matching specific belts to specific outfits, a good guide would be to have three belts.

> A black belt reserved for black shoes. (The safest is probably leather, which can be dressed up or down.)

> One brown belt to go with brown shoes. (Same with black.)

> A casual belt to complement sneakers or tennis shoes. The belt's material can be anything, from cloth to synthetic, as long as it produces a casual belt's look.

The point is to do a little homework and make the right plan. Though belt buying may not seem like such an important task, whatever is worth your cash is worth spending some of your time and energy for research.
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