Picking the Right Belt

Picking the Right Belt

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.

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″ belt size.

Belts should be an accessory, not the centerpiece of your wardrobe. So even though you dream of turning heads with a croc skin around your waist, don’t get suckered into buying a belt that’s more expensive than your shoes or — God forbid — your suit.

Matching belt to your wardrobe

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.

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