What’s the best belt for men?
The best belt for a man is the one that will not only look good but also tell your story. Are you a genuine leather kind of guy – the one who appreciates the ageing process of leather and how it changes with each wear? Or are you the elastic belt type – a man with a fondness for the quick and easy buckling of an elastic belt?
A belt is for more than just keeping your trousers up. Here are a few suggestions to follow when choosing your new belt.
When accessorising a tasteful men's suit, one should always keep the on-going colour scheme in mind. If your tie clip and cufflinks are gold in colour, then it’s imperative that your belt buckle be gold-coloured.
Match the leather in your look. When wearing polished black leather shoes, your belt should also be made from black leather. Likewise, brown shoes will be better matched with a brown leather belt. Opt for a coloured fabric belt if you’re wearing sneakers or shoes made of fabric.
Types of Leather Belts
Split leather is the lesser of the two grades of leather and is often used in quite delicate products. Split leather is an animal hide that is split into thinner layers thus separating the outside leather where the hair grew from inside layers. Because split leather is not as smooth as the skin side due to tearing layers from each other, a piece of real or synthesized leather is glued on the surface.
Full grain leather is the opposite of split leather as it is the outer part of the hide. Belts made from full grain leather are of superior quality and can last a lifetime when properly maintained. Most of Trendhim’s belts are made with full grain leather. You can find which of our leather belts are made from full grain in each product’s description.
How to Care For a Leather Belt
The only maintenance a full grain leather belt requires is an application of good quality leather grease a couple of times per year. This will make the leather softer, reduce cracking and improve its resistance to water and stains.
How to Find the Right Belt Size
Unless otherwise noted on the product description page, we specifically state the belt in waist size, that is the measure from the tip of the belt buckle to the centre hole as shown in the image. Buy a belt according to your waist size.
For men’s elastic belts, we give you an approximate length because they obviously have some give to them. As an alternative, you can alter the size of your belt by cutting off a section as shown in the image. All you need is a knife sharp enough to cut through leather and a strong multi-hole puncher.
How to Shorten Your Belt
Adding an engraving to your belt is a great way to make it unique. Personalised, engraved belts also make excellent gifts. A belt is truly something that every man needs – unless you spend your life ordering perfectly-tailored trousers.
Gifting one that has been customised with initials, a name or a thought-out message shows that your gift-giving skills are next level. And who doesn’t want to be next level?