Men’s leather belts basicsIf you have been wearing the same belt since your college or even secondary school years… please, please take a read at this for your primary education on style. Nothing is worse than seeing a man wearing a leather belt that does nothing for him and his oversized pants (another topic altogether). You’ll be surprised at how simple these rules can be to do it right and feel great about how you put your look together.
Skinny vs. Fat leather belts for menThe width of your men’s leather belt says a lot about the persona you are trying to deliver to the audience you meet. There are many width sizes of belts to choose from, but generally, the easiest ones to find are 1½ inches (3.9cm) to 1¼ inches (3.4cm) belts. Hard to believe, but that quarter inch (0.5cm) difference can alternate your look from casual to professional.
Wider belts are better suited for casual settings and casual pants such as cargo pants and lighter coloured jeans.
Narrower belts look great with darker coloured jeans, dress pants, and chinos.
Colour coordinate with your shoesThis is a rule that only really applies in formal and semi-formal wear, but still is violated quite often. When suiting up, the colour of your men’s leather belt should always match the colour of your shoes, perhaps not an exact match, but you should be relatively close. Black shoes go with black belts, brown shoes go with brown belts, and if you want to get precise like one of my best friends, cognac coloured shoes should be matched with a cognac coloured belt!
There are no compromises in this arena, it’s either you colour coordinate, or you end up looking a lot less stylish than you'd planned on.
Match the material of your shoes to the material of your beltThis third rule usually gets neglected based on how specific it gets and let’s face it, most men do not pay that much attention to the nitty-gritty details, but to do it right, we recommend that you take this seriously. It’s not as complicated as it seems.
Men’s shoes generally come in these three materials so it’s not going to be a huge investment to make sure that your shoe material matches your belt material. The big three are leather, suede and canvas, it’s as simple as that.
Buckle Designs?With leather belts for men, simplicity is better. As a rule of thumb and as I mentioned before, if you are out of secondary school, you should get rid of all of your novelty belt buckles that promote your favourite sports team or comic book superheroes. They are cute with kids, but as an adult, they shouldn’t be worn even if it is a casual look you are going for.
The same rule applies to designer belts, where if the buckle is obnoxiously obvious, it is recommended that you pass on them. If they have a streamlined and easy design, you might as well get a plain buckle, they’ll be cheaper and easier to match with your shoes.
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