Men’s wardrobe is incomplete without a proper belt. Designer belts are the most happening accessories for men. There is a wide spectrum of stylish belts such as dress belts, leather belts, and casual belts. There is an array of leather belts for you to choose from and they come in varying styles and colors. Leather being a strong and durable material and is widely used as a fashion accessory for men such as belts, bags, wallets, shoes, sandals etc. The major shades of belts for this season are black, brown and tan. Black is an evergreen shade for every wardrobe. While some funky and colorful belts are also available now-a-days, you can check out the ones from RALPH LAUREN and TOMMY HILFIGHER. Belts differ in their price range mainly because of the type of material used. However, these canvas cloth and colored belts are undoubtedly for teenagers. But for others, it is a much short-lived and passing trend. Whatever your price range may be, there is a belt for each one of you to fit in to your style and range.
Wearing the belt in a proper manner is an art and learning it is not a very big hurdle for most men. In fact, belts are often the most overlooked item with most wearing it improperly. Belts come in two styles namely casual belts and formal belts, which follow the rule of the thumb. The width of the dressy belts is that of your thumb. Anything that is wider than your thumb is casual belt. The casual belts are flat and wider than the dressy belts and they come in light, muted colors and textures. On the contrary, the formal belts have a shinny finish and rich luster giving it a glossy and reflective appearance. When wearing a dress belt, you should always match the color of the shoe with your belts color. Shiny black belts will always go well with shiny black boots, not brown or tan ones. The casual belts allow more flexibility than the dressy ones. Whatever the color, a casual belt with a dull and matte finish will go well with jeans and a pair of sneakers. The buckle size is also an important factor when purchasing a belt. The casual belts usually have a bigger buckle while the dressy belts have small and sleek clasps. You should always buy belts that are one size larger than your actual waist size. Belts come in various types of materials ranging from calfskin, lizard skin, ostrich skin and crocodile skin ones. Out of these, the lizard skin, alligator skin and crocodile skin belts are the most expensive ones and come in intricate designs as from PELLE STUDIO, CESARE PACIOTTI, HURLEY, PATAGONIA etc. to name a few. Such leather is marked with small and dense scale patterns of the reptile. It gives a completely refined exotic look which is much expensive than the ostrich skin ones. Nearly all the belts available in most departmental stores and boutiques are a variation of calfskin. It allows for the smooth and shiny dress belts as well as the wide belts for the casual ones. The ostrich skin leather belts come in an exotic variety. It resembles the uneven terrain with wrinkled features and pockmarks of the bird’s feathers. It is slightly heavy on the pocket however worth the supreme fashion statement for the wearer. All the departmental stores have a decent belt rack for you to check out. However, always keep in mind that belts should be an accessory not the centerpiece of your wardrobe! You can check out the medium ranged brands like DIESEL, HUGO BOSS and GUCCI which are much reasonable.
Once you have purchased an expensive belt for yourself, you might prefer to protect your purchase. Belts must always be hanged vertically not folded or wrapped around a pole. They must be kept away from sunlight so that the belts leather doesn’t get damaged or dry out. You must also keep in mind that the belt must never be left in the pants and trousers. Keeping the belts in the loop for long periods will only curve the leather and damage its lines of stitching and stratum. Now don’t let your head spin with this information on buckles, belt types and leather finishes, just protect your expensive and stylish belts from damage. After all you don’t invest in one every second day!