Can you imagine a person in formal attire without a belt? There is no such thing! At the sight of such a person you can understand the meaning of a belt, even if it is a small object.
Belts and watches go together like a man and his wallet (and phone). It’s an accessory that can finish off any outfit, formal or casual. Not only do belts match the color of your shoes it shows what you’re wearing as well as adds to your style. You can spot men who don’t know how to wear their watch and belt by the unnecessary gaps on their waist.
In this article, we will highlight the importance of belts and how to use it with your watch.
Only a belt can show what you’re wearing as well as add to your style.
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What to do when you don’t have a belt?
Belts can be expensive and what happens when you lose it, or it breaks? Well, we recommend that if you find yourself without a belt in your wardrobe to go with leather (browns and blacks) and thick belts. The thick belts will replace the look of the belt and will look formal as well. If you’re more of a casual dresser, we recommend that you go with skinny “indie-rock looking belts and brown and blue dark colors.
This is how to wear it:
If you’re wearing pants without belt loops, make sure to pull your jeans up to where you would place the belt loops. If your belt loops are too big, then go with the widest size you can fit through it.
We recommend that if you are wearing jeans or pants without belt loops, make sure to pull your jeans up to where you would typically wear them for at least one week before washing them. This will make it easier to put on your trousers after they have been washed because they should be almost worn-in during this time period. The reason why we say this is because normal people take their pants off when they get home and put them in a laundry basket or hamper. When they put their pants back on after it has been washed, the waistband should still sit under your bottom ribs (contrary to the commonly believed that your belly button is the natural waistline), and where it would typically be.
Belts should fit snugly around your waist, but loose enough for you to easily slide a finger or two between the belt and your body as well as buckle the belt without feeling as if you were cutting off circulation.
For those of you who are wearing suits, we recommend that you wear your belts on top of your pants and under your vest or blazer. This will keep everything in place throughout the day.
You can see how a man’s formal attire would look like with a watch worn on top of his pants instead of directly on his wrist:
When picking out a watch always try out different straps. Always wear a 42mm – 44mm watch on top of your waistband and with the buckle in the front.
TIP: when wearing a belt with a formal outfit, make sure to keep it under the vest or blazer. This will keep everything in place throughout the day. if you don’t have a belt for an occasion, we recommend going with thick belts because the look will remain similar.
We hope this article helped you understand more about how to use your belt with your outfit! Thank you for your time and happy shopping!
Choosing The Right Size Belt for jeans and pants.
It is important to wear a belt with jeans and pants because it helps maintain the shape of the outfit and helps you look neater and more stylish. However, getting the right size can be tricky if you’ve never done so before. If your belt is too tight, it will choke your midsection or cut into it so much that it would be terribly uncomfortable. Getting a belt that’s too loose won’t do any good either because there won’t be any tension on your waistline, which means that your top wouldn’t stay up on its own as well as not give you a smooth trim look down below.
When measuring for a belt don’t forget about wearing it on top of your pants.
We’ve outlined some helpful pointers on how to get the right belt size using a measuring tape. Follow them accordingly, and you should be good to go!
1. To get your waist measurement, wrap the tape around your waist or belly button area—whichever is larger. That would be the part where the belt will get most of its use on during wear.
2. Now that you have your waist circumference, if it’s more than 36 inches, then add 2 more inches into that number for comfort. If it’s less than 36 inches, then take away 2 inches from that number for comfort purposes as well. This ensures that there would at least be an additional inch between what you measure and the hole on your belt.
3. To determine what length of belt you need, take the number that you got in step two and check out our size chart to see which size will fit you.
That’s all there is to it!
Finally, remember that belts are meant to sit on top of your pants or jeans—not below it or on the side. If they are worn on the side, then they won’t hold up clothes as well as if they are placed on top instead. It may seem like an unnoticeable difference, but try them both out and we’re sure that you’ll notice a big difference right away and thank us later! Also keep in mind that belts
Formal or casual belt.
Belts can be worn with jeans, pants and shorts or even your suit. The look depends on the buckle and the color of the belt an how it is used.
Best belts for skinny jeans: Choose a belt in brown or black to match your boots. Avoid wearing a belt if you are wearing chunky shoes or casual sneakers this will break up your silhouette (The lines from top bottom along with dark shoes and lighter jean).
Casual Belt / Brown leather belt:
This outfit has a country feel because of the tan shirt, cowboy boots and plaid print shirt. This is a great outfit if you want to bring attention to shoulders and upper body while showing off slightly bent arms muscles by crossing them in front of your chest.
If you are wearing long sleeves roll them up above your elbows to show of increased biceps. If it’s cold wear a winter jacket that matches the shirt color (Warmth is also an accent but can be broken up with another color)
Lighter colors, light fabrics and plaids will lengthen the body slightly more than dark. This outfit gives off a casual vibe because of the dark jeans, boots, t-shirt and rolled up sleeves. You want to avoid using materials like corduroy or thick sweaters because they attract attention downward rather than upward thus shortening you instead.
Alternative outfits ideas: If you don’t have cowboy boots use brown leather shoes for this look with tan chinos or khaki cotton/ nylon blend pants.
If the plaid shirt is too much, try wearing a chambray with denim jeans instead of black for a slightly different look. You can also substitute your t-shirt for a button down oxford cloth long sleeve shirt to give this outfit a more formal feel.
Formal Belt / Brown leather belt:
This outfit has an outdoor sleek vibe because of the dark clothing. The drape cut on the suit gives it that extra 1-2 inches in length which makes all the difference when choosing shoes and jackets. This is why it’s important not to hide behind layers even if you are cold!
Alternative outfits ideas: If you don’t have sleek dress shoes wear darker boots instead (brown or black) or even dress shoes. If you don’t have a suit wear the same boots, khaki dress pants and button down shirt but substitute a casual leather or canvas jacket. If you can’t wear all black wear a dark blue instead with gray dress pants and shirt.
Summarizingy the guide:
Don’t wear belts below your waistline, make sure it’s sitting on top of the pants or jeans to keep them from sliding down.
Be sure to match your color and leather belt with your shoes. If you’re wearing boots wear a brown/ black belt and if you’re wearing dress shoes wear a leather belt.
Don’t wear belts that are too long or too short (they should be of moderate length).