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Entries in belt (6)



Originally, the purpose of a belt (and suspenders/braces) was to keep your trousers from falling off your body. Now granted, in those days, when this was the entire purpose, pants didn't come in quite as many styles, and so they also didn't always fit too well. 

Today, if you're a grown man, you should be capable of buying a pair of pants that fit yourb ody and do not require a belt to stay on your body. This is one of the reaosns we still don't consider Justin Beiber a man. 

So what is the purpose today? While there may still be some requirement to making pants stay put, given minor fluctuations in wheight and whatnot, the main purpose is to pull an outfit together, and give it a more finished and complete look. So here are some tips:

Sizing: a belt's size is "measured from the buckle to the mid hole – which is where it should be fastened, allowing for slightly higher or lower waist trousers and the natural variations in waist circumference we all go through"

Color: Whenever dressing formally, and often in casual attire, your belt, shoes, and watch band should coordinate colors. Obviously, when wearing a metal-banded watch, I wouldn't suggest weating a metal belt or boots made of steel. There is a bit more leeway in casual wear here. Feel free to wear off-color (generally brightly colored) D-buckle belts or webbed belts as an accent item. 

Side note: is it just me or does the guy in this picture ^ in the middle, on the second-to-bottom row look like a young, smirking, bearded Jim Carrey?


Moving on.

Suspenders: Don't you dare wear a belt in conjunction with suspenders or braces. You can't trust a man who can't even trust his own pants.


going beltless: if you think you can pull it off, go for it. Just keep in mind that a beltless look works best on a slender build, with well-tailored trousers. Beltless is always better than a belt too much. I recommend steering clear of heavily branded belts, belts with a lot going on, or anything that looks like it was made by the people makking Affliction shirts. 


- james


the last belt you'll ever buy by ball and buck.

Hand crafted belts made in the good ol' US of A. This video inspires me to get up and make something with my hands. I don't have a leather workshop handy so that's probably out of the question, but maybe one of you readers do? I'd be interested in checking things out. Get at me if you do.

- Taylor



In keeping with the upcoming Spring and Summer trends of bright colors mixed with cool greys and denims, might we suggest adding color to your belt collection...






Colored belts are a great way to add some color to an otherwise mundane outfit. Just remember not to go overboard with this one. 

- James


belt no belt.

The belt was invented during the Bronze Age (3300-1200 BC) as a way of holding one's garments in place throughout the day. Over time it became not only practical, but decorative as well, preventing pants from dropping to the ankles while looking still good. Amazingly, we still use the belt today, and for the most part we do so for the same reasons. 

Times have changed though. Men that know what they're doing purchase pants that don't necessarily require a belt in order to stay put. Translation: It is no longer a REQUIREMENT to wear a belt with your trousers. That doesn't mean you should never wear a belt, it just means you should free free to switch things up from time to time.

Going 'no belt' can offer a more casual/relaxed look while still appearing clean cut. For that reason, 'no-belting' can apply to both casual and formal dress.

I will say this: the 'no-belt' look does specifically cater to men and women with a slimmer wasitline, so be careful how you wear it. In other words, know your limitations.

That being said, take a look at the 'no belt' being worn well.

 - James


hwoarang hanger.

Saw this on one of the blogs and had to share. Take your closet to the next level with these bad boys. Perfect for ties, belts or scarves. They already sold out, but it's a safe bet that more will be made. Swoop here.

- Taylor


abc's of men's fashion 26.

You should always try to buy, or get given, the most expensive belt possible. It is often seen when your jacket is open, and more so when it is off. It lasts a long time. It should preferrably be the same colour as your shoes; and, if you are very natty, it could be in the same leather as your wrist strap. In principle a narrow belt is flattering if you are not so young; if you are young, a really wide belt can be dashing and avant garde.

- James