Choosing a Belt

Laura Tolentino

Belts are one of the most essential accessories any man can own, representing either their sense of style or lacking it entirely. A belt can either give away your sense of fashion, or show its lack thereof loud and clear.

Consider when selecting a belt its material, size, color and buckle. A dress belt must match up with its respective belt loops on your pants for best results.


Size matters when purchasing a belt. Men and women both come in various waist or hip sizes, so knowing yours will ensure the ideal fit. Most belts measure from where the fold at the buckle end meets up with the middle hole at the tip end; each belt comes stamped with its size in inches (for instance 32, 34 or 36).

Belts can serve multiple functions, from accessorizing clothing items to functional apparel pieces. When shopping for belts, there are numerous styles, colors and materials to select from; finding one suitable to your needs and size requirements is also key for an optimal experience.

An accurate way of determining belt size can be found through using a flexible tape measure and threading it through the belt loops of pants or jeans that you regularly wear and marking where the measuring tape circles all around your waist or hips exactly once before using a regular tape measure to measure this distance.

One effective approach for determining belt size is simply adding 2 inches to your off-the-rack trouser or jeans size – this method tends to work for most people and best works with pants worn at standard height, closer to their natural waistline. If you plan on wearing low-rise pants or jeans with belt loops, adding three or four sizes might be more suitable.

Some retailers provide belt measurement charts based on waist circumference or pants size, but these measurements can differ between brands and models. It may be more accurate to take measurements without clothing on, especially when dealing with natural materials like leather that stretch more than synthetic ones.


The color of a belt depends upon its place within an outfit. If it will be worn with menswear neutrals, any color can work; otherwise it is best to stick with brown as an easy go-to choice – an old rule but one which works effectively!

Students advance through various belt levels as they gain proficiency in martial art. Each color represents something new: yellow stands for early morning sunlight and represents starting over as a fighter; black belt symbolizes increased responsibility and expectations from one’s instructors and peers.

Matching belt width and colour prior to material can save time and frustration when searching for the ideal belt for your next outfit. By following these simple guidelines, you should have no difficulty finding your dream belt quickly! We wish you the best of luck – Team Anson.


Style should always come before material when selecting the perfect belt. You want something that complements both your outfit and shoes – to find it, do an in-depth inventory study of what clothes you wear most often: suits for business attire should pair nicely with refined leather belts while jeans wearers should choose rugged nylon or canvas styles that complement their casual wardrobes. A belt can also help create the illusion of proportion by contrastd against your pants in terms of shade – in this instance choosing darker hued belts would create this effect more effectively.