You and Your Belt

There are just two types of belts you must know Casual and Formal. And the best way to remember these two is to use a rule of thumb literally.
If the belt is about as wide as your thumb, it’s a dress belt. Anything wider means it’s casual. If you’re not quite sure, you should also know that formal belts usually sport a glossy, reflective finish, while casual belts are more often found in flat, muted shades and textures. To cover your fashion bases, try to own at least one of each

Three Main Colours
Like the simple division between casual and formal, picking out a belt colour is also easy, as there are only three hues you should be concerned with Black, Brown and Tan. Ideally, you should own casual and dress belts in all three colours, but you can make do with a thin black dress belt, and a wide brown/tan casual belt.
There are, indeed, coloured cloth or canvas belts sold by brands like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. While undoubtedly of high quality, take a pass on these. Bright belt colours are fine if you’re a teenager, a champion yachter or a superhero, but for everyone else, they’re a fleeting trend.
There are, indeed, coloured cloth or canvas belts sold by brands like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. While undoubtedly of high quality, take a pass on these. Bright belt colours are fine if you’re a teenager, a champion yachter or a superhero, but for everyone else, they’re a fleeting trend
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.

Buying Belts
Each belt will have a tag on it indicating its size. Take your waist size, and then go one size bigger. This way, your “33” or “34” waist translates into a “36-40” belt size.

Matching Belt To Your Wardrobe
The belt has been on your belt rack all week. Friday is here, and you want to show it off. But wait! Your belt is black, and the shoes you planned on wearing are brown. How, exactly, are you going to wear this bad boy? The simplest rule when it comes to wearing a dress belt is that it should always match your shoes in colour and finish. Shiny black shoes demand a shiny black belt. Simple.
Casual belts allow you quite a bit more flexibility, however. Whether black, brown or tan, a casual belt with a dull,finish goes reasonably well with jeans and sneakers. See, it’s pretty easy… unless you’re wearing boots. That’s where picking out a belt really gets iffy.

Storing Belts
You might also want to know little more on how to protect your purchase. Belts should always hang vertically and away from sunlight, so as not to dry out and damage the leather. Many men get into the habit of wrapping their belt around a pole, or simply leaving their belts in their pants, but keeping belts in this loop for long periods of time will curve the leather and damage its seams.

Basic Belt No-nos
-Leave the garish, extra-large buckles to the cowboys.
-Leave the metal-studded, S&M-style belts in 1998.
-Never wear a dress belt with jeans; never wear a casual belt with dress slacks.
-Never allow society (women) to catch you wearing a shirt tucked into your pants without a belt.
-Never wear a belt with a hole that you’ve punched out yourself. If your waistline is expanding,buy a bigger belt
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Remember: Buying a belt is simple wearing one is hard. So long as you pick one out with the goal of supplementing , rather than dominating your look, you’re on the right track.

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