News For This Month: Fashions

Pointers for Choosing the Right Men’s Belt

If you consider yourself an average guy, you likely don’t have the cash or time to track down a nice ostrich belt. You shouldn’t be discouraged however. You will easily find a belt rack in any quality department store you check out.

Of course, there will be a size tag on each belt on display. Buy a size bigger is the rule of the thumb. That means if your waist 33 or 34, you should aim for a 36-40 belt.

Belts are only an accessory, so don’t make yours the focus of your wardrobe. Even if you fantasize about being a head-turner with zebra skin wrapped around your waist, don’t be tempted into getting a belt that’s more expensive than your shoes, or worse, your suit. A decent range for a belt is around $30 to $100.

Choosing a Belt for Your Wardrobe

So you have a belt that has been hanging on your rack for a week. It’s finally Friday and you just feel you need to show it off. The problem is the shoes you were planning to wear are brown, and that belt is a blackie. How do you solve something like this? Most basic rule to remember in terms of dress belts is that they should be worn with shoes of the same finish and color. A shiny black belt will only match shiny black shoes. Very simple.

Casual belts though make for a little more flexibility. Any color and finish will do with jeans and sneakers. It’s definitely easy, except when you’re wearing boots. That will make things quite iffy.

No matter how much they cost, boots are generally casual. But as they are made from leather, the dress belts rule holds – same color, same finish. It’s complex, but shiny black boots require a shiny, black casual belt. And don’t forget to consider the size of the buckle. The bigger the buckle, the more casual the belt becomes.

Belt-buying Don’t’s

Belt types, buckles, leather finishes – confused yet? The following are basic guidelines to keep in mind:

> Forget garish, extra-large buckles, including metal-studded belts form 1998, S&M style.

> Forget belted shorts, unless you’re sailing, golfing or having lunch at a country club.

> Dress belts never go with jeans, and casual belts should never be worn with dress slacks.

>Don’t wear a belt with a hole you actually punched yourself.

> If your waistline isn’t getting smaller, buy a bigger belt or start hitting the gym. If you’ve just lost weight, buy a new belt.

How Store Your Belt

Belts should always be hung vertically, as well as kept away from direct sunlight to keep it from drying out and cracking. Most men would leave their belts in their pants or wrapped around a pole. This isn’t a good practice because it keeps the belt in a loop, which will curve the leather and break the seams.
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