Although it is every men’s dream to look stylish and fashionable, but most men are still annoyed and irritated by shopping, especially for accessories. If you are one of those men, I’m sure you will find your reason to shop for accessories, especially belts after reading this article.
First off, what exactly is a belt? A belt is an accessory that is worn around the waist to hold and support your clothing. But in fashion, the role of a belt is more than just that. They are used to make an obvious distinction between the top and bottom of an outfit, accessorize formal wear, portray the style and personality of the wearer, and many more. So before you start hunting for your belt, here are some tips on how to select the perfect one.
Know Your Style
Men’s belt can be broken down into two main categories, which are formal and casual. If you’re one of those guys that are always busy at work or a guy that frequently attends formal events, then the formal belt is a must-have for you. A formal belt is usually made of leather and do not have any added extras on it. The simple and classic design of these formal leather belts will ensure that you get an elegant and timeless look. Just like most leather accessories, the leather belt comes in colors like black, brown and other subtle colors. It is also important to keep it simple when wearing a formal belt as its role is not to steal the show, but to act as a support for your outfit. Keep away from leather belts that are too flashy and complicated as you will draw unwanted attention to it, which is the exact opposite of what a formal belt should do.
Moving on to the next major category of men’s belt, casual belts are very versatile and can be worn with any outfit that is non-formal. There is a huge variety of casual belts available in the market. They come in countless different styles, colors, designs, embellishments and materials, from fabric webbing to printed straps. The options are just endless! Also, avoid putting on formal leather belts when wearing casual wear. You definitely don’t want to be tagged as a fashion disaster right?
Explore And Experiment
Don’t just stick to wearing and buying formal belts. Once you have a decent amount of leather belts in your wardrobe, it’s time to search and experiment for different types of belts. Try out a western belt! The western belt gives the wearer a classic cowboy look, and also offers a manly and trendy appearance. There are many choices when it comes to western belts, like models with embossed buckles, tooled leather, and many more.
Other types of casual belts include fabric belts with horizontal stripes. The best selling color combinations of these belts are red and navy-blue, and white and navy-blue. These two choices are the most recommended ones because they are incredibly trendy and versatile.
Know Your Belt Size
All belts come in different sizes and it is important to know the ideal size for you. Belt sizes are usually measured in inches, from the middle hole to the end of the buckle. The standard waist range for a man’s belt is around 34 inches to 36 inches. Besides, there are also some manufacturers that prefer sizing belts from S to XL, the same way clothes are sized. So, it is wise to try them out before purchasing to ensure that the belt you bought is of the perfect size. On the other hand, the usual width of a man’s belt is around 2.5 centimeters to 3.5 centimeters. So, you definitely have to think twice before buying a wider belt because there might be a possibility that it won’t fit into the loops of your pants.
Always remember that belts are far more than just for holding your outfit together. They are supposed to reflect your style and personality and in the end, improve your appearance. Hopefully, this article has given you enough information about belts, and that you have an overview of what your collection of belts would look like.