8 Best Belts for Men That’ll Complement Your Style Well

Most men know why they wear a belt – after all, it’s one of the most functional parts of their wardrobes. But a belt is more than just a tool to keep your pants from falling to your ankles.

Belts can also serve a key fashion role, especially when worn with the right clothes, colors, etc. Your belt says a lot about you and we think belts are an important enough subject that we want to devote this article to the best belts for men.

BEFORE YOU BUY: 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A BELT

Choosing the right belt starts with the basics and finishes with your style and taste. It also includes a bit of common sense – as with any buying decision – but let’s begin at the start:

1. LENGTH

A belt’s length is among the most important considerations you’ll need to make. As a general rule of thumb, select a length that’s one size larger than your waist (i.e., the waist size you use to choose pants). Others say you should choose a belt length that’s two, or even three s1izes larger than your trouser waist size.

In any case, selecting the appropriate belt size must take into account how much extra belt length – or “tail” – is left once you’ve fastened your belt. A tail that’s too long isn’t a desirable look, especially with dress pants. You can go a bit longer with a casual belt, but don’t overdo it.

Finding the right belt length is easier if you’re shopping in a store because you can wrap the belt around your waist to get a pretty good idea if it’s too long or short. Shopping for a belt online is a bit more complicated and, again, you should choose a length that’s one or two sizes more than your waist size.

2. WIDTH

Width is particularly important when choosing a dress or casual belt (we’ll discuss the differences in a bit). Casual belts tend to be wider and less formal.

3. BUCKLE

A belt is meant to hold your pants up – we’re forever grateful for that – while the buckle is what secures the belt. That said, there are a few common styles of buckles:

  • Buckles with a tongue – You’ll find buckles with a tongue on countless belts; the belt slides through a loop made of metal and the tongue/prong is placed into a hole on the belt to keep it secure.
  • Buckles with a hook – In this style of buckle, a flat metal or plastic plate has a hook on the back it that attaches to the front of the belt.
  • Buckles with a sliding latch – In this case, the belt slides through a metal latch. A vertical peg inside the latch keeps the belt in place.
  • Note: the bigger your belt buckle, the less formal it is. Dress belt buckles usually have a gold-colored or silver-colored finish. If you wear jewelry of any kind, such as cufflinks, your belt buckle should be within the same color range.

 4. TYPE

Most belts fall into two categories – dress or casual. Which one you choose depends on your clothes and the occasion. You won’t find many belts that are suitable for both dress and casual occasions, but there are some, including a few on our list.

DRESS BELTS

Dress belts, as their name suggests, are more formal than casual belts. You’ll typically wear them with suits and other classier apparel, and you should keep a few things in mind when purchasing a dress belt.

  • The width of your dress belt should be between 1 ¼” and 1 3/8.” Anything more than that is probably a casual belt and not dressy enough for more formal occasions.
  • Leather is the preferred choice of material for dress belts but the belt’s label should say “full grain leather.” Beware of labels that say something like “genuine” leather, because it may not be the real thing. Suede is another material used for dress belts, but it’s not as formal as leather. A suede belt often works in casual situations, as well.
  • Leather belts should have a shinier finish on dress belts than they do on casual belts. A dress belt shouldn’t have any excessive decoration or patterning on the belt. Keep it simple for formal occasions, gents.
  • The buckle on a dress belt should be polished and styling kept to a minimum, if at all. Never wear a cowboy belt to a formal occasion.
  • Polished gold buckles work best with brown or tan dress belts, while polished silver is the right choice for black or navy belts.
  • You can always buy a reversible belt – one with a different color on each side – but some experts claim that reversible belts wear out faster than other types.

CASUAL BELTS

Casual belts, as mentioned, tend to be wider than dress belts and range in width from 1 ¼” to 1 ¾.” The width of belts commonly worn with jeans is 1 ½.”

  • Leather is the most common material used in casual belts and, again, look for a full-grain leather belt. Not only does it look better, but it holds up better to daily use and many people wear their casual belt on a regular basis.
  • You’ll also find casual belts made of suede and cotton, as well. Cotton is the most affordable and considered the most casual of all casual belts.
  • The finish on casual belts is less shiny than on dress belts. They may have stitching, depending on your preference.
  • There are more buckle options for casual belts, while buckle shapes can cover a wide gamut, from square to rounded.

5. COLOR

Black, brown, and tan are the most commonly-used belt colors. Your belt should match your shoes, particularly in a more formal setting; at the least, they should be a close match, if not an exact one.

THE 2 BEST BELTS FOR MEN 2019

1. TOMMY HILFIGER MEN’S REVERSIBLE BELT 

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the Tommy Hilfiger brand by now, after all, it’s one of the leading designer lifestyle brands. The TH list of products is long indeed and includes men’s and women’s sportswear, footwear, but also watches, eyewear – and belts.

Their men’s reversible belt aptly represents their brand’s quality and, in our minds, is the best belt you can buy in 2019. It’s reversible (with brown and black colors on the two sides) and classy enough to wear in both formal and more casual occasions. And, being reversible, you’ll get a lot of use from it because it’s easy to match to your wardrobe. It also has you covered whether you wear a dark suit or khakis.

The Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Reversible Belt is made of 40% leather, 40% vinyl, and 20% polyurethane. The material is durable and has the flexibility that makes it comfortable to wear from the start. It also has a smooth, well-finished look that, again, makes it suitable for a variety of occasions.

The buckle is the traditional single-prong style in which you run the belt through the buckle opening and secure it by fitting the metal prong into one of the belt’s holes. The buckle has a polished look, and is stable and easy to use. The belt’s width is 1.25-inches.

2. DANTE MEN’S LEATHER RATCHET DRESS BELT WITH AUTOMATIC BUCKLE 

What’s a belt without holes, right? Well, a Dante Men’s Leather Ratchet Dress Belt, for one, because it uses a removable buckle and 38 unique adjustments that make it easy for you to get the most comfortable fit possible.

Plus, some men prefer the look of a belt without holes because it, among other things, provides a more custom appearance. To each his own, but you may want to give the Dante men’s leather ratchet belt a try if you’d like a “different” look, and a belt that allows you to adjust to your waistline as needed. In other words, you’re not limited to one-inch adjustments as with other belts.

There’s a lot to like about Dante’s belts because they represent form meeting function. They combine expert construction and craftsmanship with a contemporary style that fits well for formal occasions. Their men’s ratchet dress belt features:

  • Ease of use – The buckle is easy to use as it automatically locks on to the belt once you slide the belt through it. To release the belt, push the lever on the side of the buckle.
  • Durability – You’ll like the metal buckle’s durability, but also the durability of the belt strap – which has streamlined double stitching. You won’t find any loose threads on the edges on the surface or edges of your belt. Meanwhile, the buckle is resistant to rust, corrosion, and tarnishing, and is scratch-resistant. It retains its original look for many years.
  • Style – Dante’s belts have a contemporary style and look that never seems outdated. Their buckles have a sophisticated look that works well with many styles of clothing.
  • Versatility – While this belts name says it’s a dress belt – and Dante makes some of the best men’s dress belts anywhere – it also looks good with a pair of jeans or khakis.

The men’s leather ratchet belt consists of leather and polyurethane that repels moisture, enables the belt to breathe easily, as well as age gracefully.

We also like that Dante backs up your purchase with a full guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with one of their belts, you can return it for a full refund or a free replacement.

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