For example, I wear 32 inch waist pants so should I be buying 34 inch belts? What about the stitching holes from the belt keeper?
This measurement does not usually include the buckle itself, although a small number of manufacturers do include the length of the buckle in the measurement.
This measurement is then commonly stamped onto the back of the belt, so a number of 32, 34, 36, etc. Because belts go around your pants, not just around your waist, a properly fitting belt will usually be a little larger than your waist size or pants size.
If you already have a belt that fits but aren't sure what size it is, you can measure it to determine your belt size for when you are ready to buy a new one. Do not measure the belt from end to end; this will not yield an accurate size to go by.
Lay the belt out flat and measure from where the buckle attaches to the belt do not include the buckle itself in your measurement to the hole that you normally use.
Choose the belt size that most closely matches this number for a perfect fit. Since belts are usually sized by measuring from the buckle to the middle hole, you will probably find that the new belt fits best when you use the middle hole, not whichever hole you currently use on your existing belt.
One way for men to determine which belt size to choose is to buy a belt that is one to two inches larger than your current pants size, since men's pants sizes are labeled according to waist measurement, like men's belts. For example, if you wear a size 34 pants, you could order a size 36 belt. If you wear odd-size pants, such as 35, you would still choose a size 36 belt as that is one inch larger.
Moving up to a 38 would mean a belt that was three inches larger than your pants size and most likely too big. Measuring an existing belt or going by women's pants size will not work the same as it does for men, because women's belts and pants are not sized according to waist measurement.
For example, a woman with a inch waist will wear approximately size 10 pants - not size Similarly, women's belts are generally labeled with small, medium, large, etc.
Further complicating the matter is the fact that different manufacturers - of both pants and belts - have different guidelines for what constitutes which size. However, there are some general guidelines you can go by to choose the best fit. Choosing the right size is only part of the equation - you must also choose the right belt style for you.
Men's belts come in two basic types: The way to tell the difference is by checking the width of the belt. A good rule of thumb is to literally use your thumb. If the belt is about the same width as your thumb, it's a dress belt. If it's wider, the belt is casual. Formal or dress belts will also usually be glossy or reflective, while casual belts will have flatter or more muted finishes. A complete men's wardrobe should include at least one of each.
Although men's belts come in a wide array of colors, if you aren't sure what you need, just focus on three main colors: Ideally, your wardrobe would include a formal and a casual belt in each of these three colors, but if you want to focus on just one or two, go with a black dress belt and a brown or tan casual belt. You can also find attractive reversible belts that are two colors in one - for example, black on one side and tan on the other side. Not all belt makers seem to label their belts the same.
I have a But I have bought 34s that were way too long and 32s that were short. I would have thought everyone must know about this, but certainly it's a trick well worth adding to one's repertoire.
Over the years I've acquired many handsome but over-large belts at good prices that my cobbler then trims down to size for me. Now if only there were some way to lengthen a too-short belt. Whoever figures out how to do that should win the Nobel prize, but whether for peace or economics I don't know. Etruscan , Mar 21, How does he re-attach the buckle? I always wondered if this could be done. I just didn't know where to take it to find out.
It seems like it should be pretty simple to cut the end and sew it back around the buckle at the right length. I'll have to ask around my area. It's a very simple job. Just about any shoe repair place can do it.
You simply undo the stitches holding the belt together over the buckle, cut a new hole for the prong at the shortened location, then cut off the excess leather and stitch the belt back together. What about the stitching holes from the belt keeper? Don't they cause a problem? Belt sizes are two inches wider than your waist size in even numbers. So if your waist measurement is 34 you buy a 36 belt. Belts are sold only in even number sizes.
If your waist is an odd number, 33 for example, it's better to go up one notch to a 36 belt and not the The buckle tongue should fit into the center hole usually 3 since most belts have five holes so that the tail ends up just past the first loop on your pants. AskAndyAboutClothes , Mar 21, You must log in or sign up to reply here. Share This Page Tweet.
Discover Men's Belts size guide with ASOS. BRANDED Men's Belts Branded Belt Sizes - Some brands may vary from these measurementsbut you can still use them as a guide. For example, if you wear a size 34 pants, you could order a size 36 belt. If you wear odd-size pants, such as 35, you would still choose a size 36 belt as that is one inch larger. Moving up to a 38 would mean a belt that was three inches larger than your pants size and most likely too big. Store-bought dress belts are usually measured with a range of pant sizes. Pick your belts two or three sizes larger than your pants to get a good fit. If you wear a 34″ trouser waist, a belt labeled 36″″ will probably be in the right neighborhood.