4 TYPES OF BELTS THAT DO MORE THAN HOLD UP YOUR PANTS
It’s Monday! Many of you are all geared and decked up for work – my focus this morning is on all my fashionable and semi-fashion conscious men, and the ones with little or zero fashion sense. All of you get in here, let’s talk belts.
So you’ve got your suit/jacket, your tie, your crispy shirt all tucked in nicely, your man bag or backpack, your well-polished shoes, the cufflinks and your belt!
Among all that long manly list, I am going to talk about the belt – the one item that most of you take for granted because you think you can mostly hide it under your tucked shirt, that’s a little bit pulled out.
The importance of a sturdy, good and quality belt cannot be overemphasized! And contrary to the opinion of more than a handful of men that belts are just for literally holding up your pants, a belt is useful for so much more!
You can create your own personal style with the kinds of belt you wear, you can add up creative touch to your formal wears if you choose your belt just right, you can make your outfit stand out with that belt sitting nicely between top and bottom clothing.
So here’s four different kind of belts I think every man should possess, both for formal and informal occasions.
THE FORMAL BELTS
As the name implies, you wear these on your tailored corporate outfits. Choose a strong leather belt that will hold up firm – you do not want to have a pant crisis in the middle of a meeting. And you want to pay attention to your metal finish. If you’re choosing a belt with either a gold, silver or bronze buckle, pay equal attention to the jewelry pieces and watch you’ll be wearing with the entire outfit.
Also, choose your colours carefully and match them appropriately. You don’t want to throw a black leather belt on a coffee brown pant.
THE SMOOTH SUEDE BELTS
Leather belts are very common, especially for workplace outfits – but have you tried a suede belt! I naturally have a suede weakness, and I strongly believe a smooth suede belt with will bring that extra class to your outfit!
THE FABRIC BELTS
Hello summer! Or barbecue, or beach… because you would totally look ridiculous wearing a leather belt at the beach. So as much as we love the leather belts, ditch them for a fabric one when you have a very casual, very fun hangouts.
THE WOVEN/BRAIDED BELTS
Great for casual Fridays at work where it’s ok to wear jeans. I’ve seen these in leather and suede forms and they are just lovely!
Improve on your belt game today, guys; and choose the right ones to reflect your personality!
Image credit: Mr. Porter