It isn’t enough to own a black belt and a brown one, and believe you’re good to go. Not that we expect you to have belts in every shade! However, a man’s knowledge of his clothes can at times be determined by his choice of belts.
Why you ask?
Belts are like the one thing every man must have in his belongings. What’s more, you’ve been made to wear it since your primary school days so if you can’t master the art of selecting the right belt, something you’ve been wearing for ages, why then should we trust your knowledge on any other other part of your wardrobe?
Not to be confused, a belt isn’t the most important part of your outfit. You can call it an accessory if you will, which is why you shouldn’t feel the need to spend a fortune on one (well, except you’re spending even more on your outfit or shoes).
The good thing is, grasping the basic about belts isn’t such a hard nut to crack seeing as it involves your personal taste and logic.
Here are factors to consider when buying a belt:
Have you ever seen someone wearing a belt so long it goes around their waist twice! That is just not cool. It is often advised to err on the side of shortness than wrapping your belt around your waist multiple times. Tip: There should be just a few inches of leather left after tucking it in the buckle and through the first belt loop of your pants. Better yet, pick a belt a size or two longer than your trouser waist length for a good fit.
Your buckle is the first thing we see which is why it is essential to match your belt to the occasion. Buckles come in different styles; tongue, hook, sliding latch, or braided. The bigger the buckle, the more casual the belt. Dress belts worn for more formal occasions have small and typically flat buckles in either gold or silver. Causal belts buckles are usually bigger and come in a myriad of shapes and sizes. Tip: If you’re going to wear any jewellery (except wedding bands), as much as possible, ensure your belts is the same colour shade. E.g. Gold cuff links with gold buckled belt. Colour
Either corporate or casual, your belt should in most cases match your shoe in terms of colour. In most cases because some people are quite adventurous with colours. Colour comes to play when considering the occasion. You don’t want to draw too much attention to your midriff at a boardroom meeting which is why a black, brown or tan belt will do.
When it comes to leather, shoes should be matched with belts. However, clothe shoes don’t necessary have to be paired with belt in the same colour.
Tip: Matte shoes will go with matte belts, brown leather shoes with brown leather belt and a well shined shoe with a glossy belt.
Whether you’re buying your belt in a high end store, or from your regular aboki these tips will help you pick a good belt:
The quality of the leather will determine the price of your belt. Calf skin, ostrich skin, snake skin, the list goes on.A good belt will have soft and supple leather. Flex the belt to check for cracks.Don’t just go for popular names, quality also matters.Don’t punch a hole in your belt yourself, you either buy a new one if it’s gotten too snug or get a professional to punch it for you if it’s too big.
“Confidence, is like a belt worn around the waist. Wear it too tight, you come off cocky and arrogant, wear it too loose, you come off timid and a walk over, but wear it fit and snug, it will uphold you in every step of the way.” – Anthony Liccione