Any woman will tell you the importance of accessories in terms of finishing an outfit. However, did you know that they are just as important for men too? Accessories such as the simple belt can really help to make or break your outfit. They don’t just play a practical role; they also add style and finesse to what you are wearing.
One thing you’ll notice when you hit the shops, however, is that there are quite a few different types of belts available. So how do you know which one to choose? Below you’ll discover everything you need to know about the different types of belts and the occasions they fit in.
If you’re looking for an everyday belt then the casual designs are the ones to look out for. These can be worn alongside jeans or casual trousers. There are a huge amount of designs available; the key is to find one which best highlights your personality.
Don’t be afraid to experiment a little. However, there are a few rules you will want to stick to. For example, choose a belt with a buckle that is either loud or unusual. Don’t try to pull off both at the same time. You also don’t need to worry about whether the belt matches your shoes or any other part of your outfit. In fact, the best look is achieved when the belt slightly contrasts with everything else you are wearing.
The widths of casual belts vary significantly. The very thin ones, for example, should only be worn alongside skinny jeans.
The suit belt is typically created with fine leather and measures 2.5cm to 3.5cm wide. Designed to be worn with tailored trousers, the thing that sets these formal belts apart is the subtle, plain colouration. The most common tend to be black or brown, though other colours such as grey are also available.
There are a few rules to follow when choosing a formal belt. Firstly you need to avoid large, attention grabbing buckles. Contrasting stitching and quirky patterns should also be avoided. After all, you’re looking to maintain a professional image which leaves no room for quirkiness.
Subtle patterns are fine if you want to add a little personality. A patent finish or fine weave for example could actually look really smart and stylish. When choosing a suit tie, be sure that it matches your shoes. This will help you to pull off the best look.
Every man should own a signature piece. For some it’s a watch, for others it’s a fragrance. It is basically something that sets you apart from everyone else. Your belts, if chosen wisely, can become your own signature piece. So what exactly would a signature belt look like?
There are a few things you need to focus on when choosing a signature belt.
- Timeless designs
- Value for money
Ideally you want your signature belt to have a timeless design. Look at styles that have stuck around over the years. Are there any which really stand out? It is also a good idea to focus on belts that have been worn by somebody significant in the past.
It could be a politician, celebrity or famous criminal. There are some famous faces who are more known for their sense of style than others. For example, Steve McQueen is one of the most famous names known for his iconic accessories and clothing.
The belt should also have character. This could be unusual engraving in the leather. Not only will it provide you with a great story, but it will also help to get you noticed. The character of your belt should match your own personality.
Finally, value for money is important. Now this doesn’t mean you need to look for the cheapest belt out there. In fact, you shouldn’t be afraid to spend a little more on your signature belt. The initial cost is paid back by the belt’s wearing opportunities. Of course, you can’t put a price on a custom-made classic.
Ideally you should have a selection of belts to go with any outfit. A novelty belt would look great in times when you really want to stand out, while a fabric belt with a Double D buckle would look great in the summer with cargo trousers. For a belt that really fits in with your own personal style, it is worth getting one custom made by a professional tailor.