Men’s belt is one of the most commonly used fashion items that are also most overlooked. Like everything else, knowing how to pick the right belt for your outfit can mean the difference between looking great and stylish and looking like someone without a clue in regards to style. Many guys simply loop the same piece of belt around their waist without giving second thought to style and fit. Belts, like watches, socks, cufflinks or tie bar, are accessories that add stylish finishing touch to a great outfit. It showcases your personality, individual style and taste. Belts are also a reflection of your fashion sense and have the ability to make or break your outfit. That is why you should choose belts considering your dresses.
The black dress belt
It is the most formal belt in your collection. You should never wear a belt with a tuxedo or traditional formalwear, but if there is a badass suit that requires something black and dressy, we recommend a slim leather belt (1″- 1 1/4″) with a simple silver buckle. If you can spring for an exotic skin, like this lizard, it will add a unique texture that is luxurious.
The brown dress belt
This is the one that is popular among most of the people. Guys wear a lot of tailoring, often with brown shoes. Again for a dress belt they like something slim (around 1″ wide) and they prefer the exotics like American Alligator.
The rugged denim belt
For a casual weekend involving jeans or other work wear-inspired pieces, look for a belt that is a little wider (1 1/2″ or so) and cut from a thick, rugged bridle leather that is ready to take a beating.
The smooth suede belt
The key to good design is combining elements that are consistent in their level of formality and purpose. For example- leather is traditionally dressy, but suede is slightly more casual. Similarly, a polished silver buckle is traditionally dressy, but a D-Ring is slightly more casual.
The slim vintage belt
Make sure it’s genuine leather (usually stamped on the inside) and it fits properly (if you’re crafty you can punch extra holes using a leather punch). A skinny vintage belt (just under 1″) is perfect for “casually tailored” looks involving unstructured tailoring, like a linen suit.
The summer fabric belt
During the summer season dress codes lighten up and everything gets a little more casual. Your belt should also have that reflection. Look for something in a lightweight fabric (like the cotton weave or a simple grosgrain) that can be dressed up or down, for all those summer cocktail parties.
So, before selecting your belt, think about your dress. Leather should always match leather. That rule stays with you in dress and casual wear. Brown leather shoes go with a brown leather belt, and black with black. So along with dress choices, consider your shoe colour as well.