A belt is one of the essential wardrobe items you need as a man. Not only is a belt an excellent visual, but it also brings out your fashionable side. The right kind of belt can get you the attention you need even from the ladies. It also makes you feel confident. Imagine yourself making a company presentation. You want to look professional and presentable, and that cannot happen without a proper belt. The correct belt will also hold your pants up well, and save you embarrassing moments.
Leather belts are the best bet, especially the laid back colors when you want to go formal. Go for black, brown, or men’s grey leather belt for official events. These colors are easier to clean and maintain. So, how do you choose the right kind of belt that will make you appear decent and well put together?
Choosing the right size
Selecting the correct belt size is doing yourself great justice. When possible, always try on the belt before you purchase it. Otherwise, get it measured to ensure it is the right size. An overly short bet will make you look unkempt, whereas a short and tight belt can squeeze you up, making you look and feel uncomfortable.
A belt should be at most two inches larger than your pant size. You can also measure the new belt using the old bet you are wearing. Estimate the size you need based on where you usually buckle your belts. Casual belts can have a longer, though not too long tail. For formal or dress belts, the tail end needs to be short.
Formal or casual?
First, you need to decide on the purpose of the belt you intend to buy. Do you want a casual or formal belt? There is a difference in the appearance of both belts. An official belt will have a smaller buckle and will be smooth and shiny. A casual belt will have a larger buckle and can a rough material.
Are you ready to draw extra attention to your waist?
For a formal belt, you need something more low-key but still stylish. The belt should, therefore, complement your outfit. When you want a casual belt, you can choose a statement belt which stands out but still blends with your outfit.
When shopping for a leather belt, look for one which is soft and supple as it is unlikely to crack. Also, check the stitching to ensure that there are no loose ends. It is also good to get one whose buckles are interchangeable. As a word of caution, never be tempted to gouge an extra hole by yourself using a sharp object such as a knife. You may end up destroying your new belt. It is best to take the belt to a cobbler or tailor to do it for you. Always choose your belt carefully as it could make the difference between a great and not so great general appearance.