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How to Buy the PERFECT Belt

Wearing a belt, seems pretty simple, right? However, what if I were to tell you that 90% of men are wearing their belts incorrectly? Seriously, it may seem like a small deal, but wearing the wrong belt size, belt color, and belt buckle type can ruin your entire outfit. I’m going to make it easy for you, I’m going to lay out exactly what you need to know to buy the perfect belt. First up, let’s talk about how your belt should be aligned with your clothing. To do that, I’m going to introduce you to the gig line.
The gig line is an imaginary line

So, the gig line is an imaginary line that can be traced down your shirt placket, the edge of your belt buckle, and down your trousers’ seam. Now, the vast majority of men do not know about this rule. So, where does it come from? The idea of the gig line comes out of the military. Basically, military uniforms are much regulated, so if you went to a military college you served in the military, and maybe you went to Texas. You know about the gig line because you have been inspected in your uniform. And, all of these make sense if you know your history because the wearing of belts was made popular after World War. Basically, the doughboys coming back from World War I liked their belts, they stopped wearing the suspenders, and belts picked up in popularity in the 1920s, 30s, and ’40s.

Now, you’ve got a better idea of how to wear a belt

You’ve got a better idea of how to wear a belt and how to correct that mistake, but what about belt size? What about the material used in the strap? What about the belt buckle types? What are all these belt terminologies? So, let’s dive into the anatomy of a belt. First up, we’ve got the strap. The strap is the flexible non-metal part of the belt that physically goes around the wearer’s waist. Next up, we’ve got the buckle. There’s a wide variety of buckles out there. Some of the most common, first up, the frame
This is actually going to use a bar to attach it to the strap

This type of buckle has a prong that will go through the hole on the other side of the strap. You’ll also see strap loops. These keep the end of the strap in place and occasionally an end tip on a belt for decoration. You’ll also see buckles with a sliding latch. This is where the belt slides through a metal
Latch and inside, a vertical peg presses the belt into place and keeps it there under pressure. You will also see buckles with a hook, very common in the Western wearers. You’ll see a flat metal plate is attached
By slipping a hook on the back of the buckle through the front of the belt. And, last, but certainly not least, my favorite is the micro-adjust style.
Belts like this, have no holes on the strap

Instead, when you turn them over what you’re going to find is a system of micro-adjustments. Now, what’s cool about the micro-adjust system is that you can adjust the fit of the belt by a quarter of an inch, compared to Traditional belts where you’ve got an inch between each of the hole adjustments. In addition, if you use the belt a lot which I know a lot of you guys do, you get that unsightly bending stretch mark right on the hole that you use most of the time.
How does the micro-adjust system work with the buckle?

Well, if you look at the buckle you’ll see there’s a metal catch and so, when you stick the strap in, it’s going to catch and adjust By a quarter of an inch. Now, gents, if you want to grab yourself one of these micro-adjust belts, you need to make your way over to Gucci belts Belt & Buckle, the Paid sponsor of today’s blog.

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Gents, I’m linking to Gucci belts & Buckle down in the description of today’s blog. Use that link. Go check them out, a great company. I’m proud to support them. Now, let’s talk about belt buckle style and formality. A lot of guys make a mistake here, they wear too casual a belt buckle style when they should be wearing something a bit dressier. The classic metal rectangle or square-shaped buckle in silver or gold is going to be the most formal.

This classic belt buckle style has been worn by well-dressed men for over seventy years

It’s appropriate to wear in a suit or even jeans and a button-down shirt. Now, the flat plate style especially with the color bronze here with the strap is going to be more casual. I can wear this with shorts, maybe a polo, I can wear this with jeans and a button-down. Would I wear this with a suit? Probably not. But, you could dress it up a bit. So, notice I went with a solid silver with a dark strap. You could actually pull this off with a suit. It would be pushing it, but most likely no one’s going to say anything. And that leads us to talk about the straps.

if you’ve got a dressy buckle, does that mean you’ve got a dressy belt?

The answer is not necessarily because we need to look at the strap. So, this strap right here is very casual. This entire belt now is going to be casual. Understand the casualness or the dressiness of your belt is a combination of both the buckle and the strap. So, the dressiest belt straps are going to be made from leather and will come in either black, dark brown, or oxblood. So, these straps right here are going to be a bit more casual. Notice I’ve got leather colors, but I’ve also got patterns, a little bit of pebble stone right there.
I’ve also got suede. Patterns bring in texture, all of a sudden making the belt a bit more casual. This will go great with a casual suit, maybe a sports jacket, odd trousers, maybe even a blazer and jeans. Now, the more casual strap styles. we’re going to see out there are going to be made oftentimes from canvas material, are going to use brighter colors, are going to use a combination of brighter colors, or are going to have maybe novelty features on them. When in doubt, gentlemen, remember, that your belt is formal as its most casual piece. Next up, let’s talk about belt size. First up, we’ve got diameter. If it’s 1.25 inches wide, it is a dress belt. If it’s 1.5 inches wide, it is a casual belt.

In case you’re wondering belts that are really wide

We’re talking more than 1.75 inches, those oftentimes work belts. Belts that are less than 1.25, are often women’s belts. Now, let’s talk about belt length. The rule of thumb here your belt length should match your jeans size. So, if you have a 32 waist in jeans as I do, you go for a 32-size belt. So, here’s where the problem comes in. That 32 has nothing to do with inches, so don’t measure yourself with a tape measure. In fact, if you do measure your waist.

You wear a 32, guess what? Your waist is more like 35 inches

When I get when I measure from the end of the buckle down to that center hole. So, if you have a 36 waist in jeans, you want to go for a size 36 on your belt. if you’re not sure you’re between sizes, always go with a slightly larger belt because you can downsize the belt. Now, this next measurement only the pros know about and that is how much of the strap should extend past the buckle. Too much it’s just going to look sloppy. Not enough, well, if you gained a little bit of weight, that belt you’re going to have to throw it out. So, in general, I like to see between 4 and 7 inches. If you’re a smaller guy, you’re 5’3”, guess what? You would go more towards the 4 inches.
If you are a bigger guy, you’re 6’8”, then go out for that full 7 inches. But, if you gain and lose weight, of course, give yourself room to basically adjust the Belt. The point here is you got to know yourself, go for the length that works for you.

And, what about matching?

So, the general rule is metals should match metals, leathers should match leathers. So, with your belt, the buckle right here matches the silver on this read. The leather right here matches the leather on this belt combination. I could pull that off. But, what if I’m going to wear, you know, a different read and it’s not even going to get close to matching my belt or I’ve got a bag and it’s of a different color than the strap here or it’s – what about with my shoes, that’s what most people are thinking? Guys, I think you should complement.
You don’t have to match exactly, but they really, you know, try to avoid a black belt with brown shoes. You can do it, but understand that these rules are there just to kind of bring a uniform look to everything that you’re wearing. Again, you can break these rules, you can have fun, and you can do what you want.

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