Men, unlike women, have very limited choices when it comes to fashion accessories. The belt is the most commonly used men’s clothing accessory and there are various styles of belts to choose from. It can be difficult to choose a belt or even narrow down the options from the type of material to modern ones such comfort click belts. Here are the things you need to know in choosing the right kind of belt for someone else or for yourself.
Check the size
Most men’s belts can be bought according to the size of the waist but sometimes they are available in sizes small, medium or large. The belts sold in small, medium and large format have corresponding waist sizes such as 38-40 for large, 34-36 for medium and 30-32 for small. It is necessary to be certain of the waist size if you are planning to give someone else a belt as a gift. Remember that you should choose a belt a little bigger than the waist size. So if you are giving a belt to someone with a size 32 waist, choose a medium size belt which is equivalent to 34-36 inches. Remember that a belt should not be too big as well as not too small. You or someone will risk looking bulky if the belt is too big or too long and the excess strap will have to be tucked into the pant’s belt loops. A too tight belt does not only look unsightly but it also will the person very uncomfortable.
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Look at the width
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Belt width is also a very important consideration when choosing the best belt. Different pants or trousers have varying size of belt loops, so be sure to choose a belt that can be used for each type of clothing. Ideally, the belt should rest gently and flat against the loop edges. The belt should not look lost because it lack width and it should not look squeezed into the belt loops because it is very wide. To avoid a dilemma with regards to belt width, it is appropriate to own at least two to three belts with varying widths.
Check the material
Leather is the most common material used to make men’s belts although some belts available are made of man-made or synthetic leather. When shopping for belts, choose one that is made of high quality leather. It may be more expensive but it leather belts are very durable so you do not have to replace it more often. There are other belts made from fabric and pleather. It is alright to use canvas belts with casual pants and jeans but dress pants or slacks will look better with leather belts.