Belts are worn for both practical and fashionable reasons. They can seem to be a minor detail, but they can have a significant effect on the impression you create. They can either be a piece that brings an outfit together or a diversion that detracts from the overall effect.
Unfortunately, some people do not think much of a belt other than that it goes around their waist.
So today we'll discuss when to wear one, the various styles, when to prefer one over the other, and how to find a high-quality belt that suits you properly.
This is a complete guide to perfecting belts.
Components: Understanding your belt
The buckle and the strap are the two main components of most belts.
Many belts also have a keeper loop or an end tip. The end tip protects the belt's end from damage/fraying while also making it easier to buckle. The keeper loop prevents the free end of the belt from flapping about after it has been buckled.
The strap and buckle on some belts are permanently attached; on others, they can be separated and the buckle replaced. The chape is the part of the buckle that connects it to the strap.
When Is It Appropriate to Wear a Belt?
In general, all pants with belt loops (including jeans) should be worn with a belt. That's why there are loops! It can appear messy if you leave it off. Belts are especially important for formal outfits, where your shirt is almost always tucked in. You may get away with not wearing a belt with more casual outfits when your shirt is untucked, but you might lack its functionality; note, belts aren't just for decoration; they help hold your pants up!
The Dos and Don'ts of Belt
- If you want to be versatile, avoid bright colours and tonal patterns.
- To make purchasing belts online easier, measure your waist.
- Avoid designs with big buckles unless you’re at an 80s theme party.
- Choose a belt with a finish or weave that complements your other accessories.
- Don't wear the same belt colour for every occasion. To cover most situations and dress codes, have a brown, black, and tan option.
- Match the metal on the buckle of your belt to the metal on your watch and cufflinks.
Browns and Tan Belts
When it comes to perfecting casual looks, a brown or tan belt can come in handy. An embossed brown belt is a perfect match for navies and other blues in all seasons.
When it comes to carrying this modest accessory, keep things simple with woven brown and tan belts for added texture and complementing bits in contrasting colours and tones for a well-grounded look.
The general rule of thumb for formal looks is to keep things minimalistic, plain, and elegant, with clean lines and neat textures. Provided its complementation with a classic black suit and other more simple colours, black is clearly the most appealing. Sleek black leathers with plain, slightly rounded buckles are a clean, classic way to hold your professional look together.
Brighter belts in iridescent colours can help to instantly brighten up casual looks. Keep the rest of your outfit simple and diluted so that your belt can make a statement as a focal point. Brighter tones in traditional colours would look fantastic, but keep an eye out for more modern toned belts, which will add an interesting touch.