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Tips for Men’s Belt Shopping

Though the early belt was often used for essential uses, belts have taken a new twist, now being not only functional but also stylish. With the its importance to any wardrobe’s usefulness, it is even more important to be properly educated in terms of what makes a good belt.

First off, what exactly do you want a belt for? If the goal is something practical (to keep your pants up), then a hard-wearing belt – traditional leather is a good example – should be a great choice. This is probably more expensive than its faux-leather equivalent, but with its long life, it will surely prove to be your more economical choice.

Another thing to check when you buy a belt is the buckle. There are a lot of different styles and sizes that can dramatically change the total look of an outfit. From the decorative to the regular square, buckles can vary a lot not just in look but also in price. There are specialty buckles can be outrageously expensive. Custom buckles are surely not for all, with some costing as much as thousands of dollars.

Belt Sizes

The most critical part of purchasing a belt is ensuring that you have the right size. Is it’s oversized or undersized, it can affect not only the function and comfort offered by the accessory, but its longevity and general look too. If you take your time to ensure that you have the right belt size, you can spare yourself the hassle of having to get a better fitting belt.

On top of correctly sizing a belt, the width of the belt loops where the belt goes should also be considered. For instance, most formal wear require a width no thicker than 1.5 inches, while casual pants can very easily accommodate anything wider. Knowing this in advance can help you avoid making the wrong purchase.

Color Coordination

A usually unnoticed part of buying a belt is color coordination. According to the general rule, shoes and belt should always be a match. Some can go all out matching particular outfits to particular belts, but as a guide, you can follow the three-belt trick.

> A black belt reserved for black shoes. (The safest is probably leather, which can be dressed up or down.)

> A brown belt reserved for brown shoes. (Same as for black.)

> One casual belt for tennis shoes or sneakers. The material of the belt may be synthetic, cloth or anything in between, long as it creates the look of a casual belt.

Lastly, the idea is to do your research and have a plan. Although belt buying may feel like a trivial purchase, anything worth spending your money on should be taking time out to do some research.
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