The Guide To Men’s Belts
When it comes to piecing an outfit together, it’s often the little things that make all the difference. Fashion meets function when accessorising your outfit with a belt so it’s important to get it right. Holding your trousers up is key but why not make a statement with your choice of belt because trust us, they’re a big deal when adding the final touches to your outfit.
Whether it’s for a casual day out or a more formal occasion, belts are a simple accessory but are sure to make an impact. From black and brown leathers to bright colours and materials, there are a whole host of men’s belts on offer and picking the right one can end up being a laborious task. So, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to ensure you pick the best men’s belt for your style.
How to Wear a Belt
You may think that wearing a belt is as simple as looping it through your trousers and fastening the buckle tight enough so that your trousers don’t fall down however, you are sadly mistaken.
There’s a lot to think about when choosing the right belt but particularly, matching the style and colour to your outfit.
The first (and probably most important) question to ask yourself when choosing a belt is “does it match my shoes?” Usually, a brown belt matches brown shoes, a black belt matches black shoes – you get the picture. But, if you opt for a novelty belt, or decide to be more outlandish with your colour choice, you could continue the theme and opt for a pair of funky trainers. With that said, going for neutral tones for the rest of your outfit will ensure there’s no chance of clashing colours.
Types of Belts
You’ve probably been there before, lurking around the accessories stand in a store, questioning whether to go for a skinny, thick, formal, casual or canvas belt while wondering which one would look best with the outfit you’ve been planning for weeks. Fear not, despite there being lots on offer, choosing the best men’s belt doesn’t have to be difficult.
Men’s Formal Belts
Formal belts are usually worn for occasions such as weddings, work, romantic dates and posh nights out.
The best formal belts for men tend to be either black or brown leather as this will match any suit or smart trouser in your wardrobe. Subtlety is key here as a formal belt is simply there to piece your outfit together.
Men’s Casual Belts
A casual belt will be your best friend. It will see you through season after season and will blend well with most garments. A medium sized brown belt (or thick depending on your style) looks great with casual denims, chinos and smart shorts.
The best men’s casual belts can also come in black. A thinner black belt would work with skinny jeans (if you need it), and a slightly thicker belt looks good with looser cut jeans and casual trousers.
Men’s Canvas Belts
Canvas belts look great with a pair of quirky trainers, depending on the colour you go for. Ideal for casual settings, men’s canvas belts look great with both chinos and jeans, particularly during the summer months or on holiday.
Men’s Belts for Jeans
Wearing a belt with your jeans can really help to break up an outfit. It cuts your body into two halves which means that doing this right can either make you look taller or smaller.
Matching your belt with your trousers or shirt can make the divide less pronounced, therefore making you appear taller.
Matching Belt and Shoes
Black Belt, Brown Shoes
We would avoid going against the golden “matching” rule here. It just somehow never looks right to blend brown shoes with a black belt (or vice-a-versa).
Any well-dressed gentleman knows that you should dodge mix-matching your colour themes like the plague.
Brown Shoes, Brown Belt
This is a great combination when black just won’t do. Wear your brown shoes/belt with a black suit and add some extra detail to a usually simple look.
Another great trio would be to match a navy suit with a brown belt and shoes. This really helps to set the colours off against each other and creates a great summer outfit (and would look perfect at a wedding!)
Owning a brown pair of shoes and brown belt is a great way to mix up a formal wardrobe!
How to Wear a Belt
- Treat your belt like an accessory.
- Match your belt to your shoes.
- Better quality belts will last longer and look smarter.
- Make sure you buy the correct size.
- Black or brown belts are most versatile.
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