HOW TO | Wear Your Belts

The sexes diverge on why we wear belts. For women, they are a way to lift tired looks, a way to tweak a silhouette or introduce a pop of colour. For men, they’re how you fix big trousers. They own one for a decade and rotate it through every set of belt loops in their wardrobe. But accessories should never be an afterthought. Even ones whose primary purpose is to keep you decent. The right belt can fix off-kilter proportions, or add life to monochrome outfits. Read ahead on how to properly wear your belts.

Match, But Not Too Much:

It is an age-old question: should you match your accessories to your outfit? Use contrast colours instead to give your outfit depth. The one occasion which does, however, call for a matching belt is black tie – a slim black version will effortlessly pull together an all-black formal look.

Use Your Loops:

Your suit shouldn’t require a belt to keep it up – that’s what a tailor is for. But there is something melancholy about a belt loop left idle. You have two options: when your tailor is taking in your waistband, have him unstitch the loops; or fill them with a slim, leather belt. As a rule, narrower means smarter (keep the chunky leathers for just as rugged workwear).

Flash In The Right Way:

If you’re wary about outfit experimentation, then use your belt to dip a toe. The right bright can lift a staid work outfit or elevate off-duty monochromes. Try a brighter coloured belt with a more basic outfit, or alternatively, differentiate your casual looks with a plaited leather or canvas belt instead.