A Guide To Men’s Belts
Holding up trousers? Sure. But there’s more to it than that. They can be used to make a style statement, add a personal touch to formal wear, create a clear distinction between your top and bottom half, tie an outfit together, and much more.
In order to make the very most out of this classic accessory, your choices should be informed, reflect your personality and, in the end, improve whatever you’re wearing.
With this in mind, We bring you the complete guide to men’s belts…
Your formal belt – the one you’ll wear with tailored trousers and suits, and nothing else – should be completely understated.
For increased wardrobe versatility, pick your favourite metal finish (gold or silver) and stick with it throughout your hardware selection, including jewelry and watches.
You can express your personality and be more experimental with your casual belt.
Buckle or Strap? Either part can be unusual, eccentric or loud, but never both at the same time, which is a good feature of men’s belts.
You don’t need to match it with anything. In fact, try to avoid matchy-matchy shoe and belt combinations – they can appear contrived – and stay away from conflicting branding.
Remember that rule about not wearing a belt with braces? It’s 100 per cent correct. If you want to hold up your trousers with your shoulders, the belt stays at home.
Obviously, clip-on Men’s Belts braces are relatively inexpensive and can be picked up in many shops on the high street – a convenient option for those wanting to try something different.
Yet those that want a slightly more authentic/vintage take with men’s belts should start looking for tailored trousers that feature braces straps instead of belt loops. It will take commitment, but embracing (no pun intended) the look with consistency does pay off.