As a general rule belts should be an accessory, not the centerpiece of your wardrobe. So even though you dream of turning heads with a diamond studded ostrich skin belt around your waist, don’t get suckered into buying a belt that’s more expensive than your shoes or — God forbid — your suit.
Sizing belts requires a little extra room. Take your waist size, and then go one size bigger. IE: Your 36” waist translates into a 38”-40″ beltsize.
There are only three belt colors you should be concerned with: black, brown and tan. Ideally, you should own casual and dress belts in all three colors, but you can make do with a thin black dress belt, and a wide brown/tan casual belt.
The simplest rule when it comes to wearing a dress belt is that it should always match your shoes in color and finish. Shiny black shoes demand a shiny black belt.
Casual belts allow you quite a bit more flexibility, however. Whether black, brown or tan, a casual belt with a dull, matte finish goes reasonably well with jeans and sneakers.
Keep the buckle under control!The bigger the buckle, the more casual the belt; small, sleek clasps are usually found only on dress belts.