A belt is a much-needed clothing accessory and can be both functional and fashionable. Since there are as many different styles of belts as there are styles of fashion, buying a belt can be a fun way to add something extra to your wardrobe. Things you might want to consider when buying a belt include fit, design, and functionality.
Belts are one of only a few fashion accessories that are made for men and women. However, as with many of those other fashion accessories, men tend to own fewer belts than women do. For this reason, men should make buying a belt more about practicality than fashion. If you frequently wear business attire, consider buying a belt that matches your most frequently worn pair of shoes. To be on the safe side, buy a belt in brown and another in black. Leather belts are the best match for both formal and casual business attire.
Regardless of gender, buying a belt that fits is an important consideration. Men’s belts are generally sized according to waist measurements, while women’s belts are often sized according to dress size. Though belts are adjustable in size, the adjustment is limited. If you try on a belt that requires you to use the first or even second hole, consider buying the next larger size.
Women should consider buying a belt that will accent more than one outfit. You might want to consider a belt that ties rather than buckles in a neutral color that can be paired with jeans and a casual skirt. Also consider the colors you currently have in your closet and think about incorporating a new color belt.
Belts are constructed from many different materials including leather and reptile skin. If you are opposed to buying a belt made from animal skin, consider buying a plastic or fabric belt. Canvas is a durable alternative to animal skin and many styles can be worn with various types of clothing. Also consider whether you want to be able to change your belt buckle. Some belt buckles are stationary, but if you own a variety and want the option to wear several different buckles with the same belt, then be sure to buy a belt that has a removable buckle.
You can usually find a decent selection of belts in the clothing departments of various department stores. If you are looking for a unique belt, consider shopping at smaller boutiques and specialty retailers.