Getting Yourself A Solid Leather Belt

Belts are one of those accessories that tend to be forgotten when discussing menswear. The right belt can really put your look together or completely break it. It's also a piece that will last you a long time for many years to come (if it's a quality belt).

Aesthetically speaking, they add matchability, especially to your shoes - but they also serve a big functionality purpose of keeping your pants up. They can be considered a substitute to the classic suspender, but they've become staples in most outfits.

Picking the right belt is a thing of its own because it's not easy finding the right combination of colour, style and quality. I've always been a firm believer in buying a quality belt that will last you a long time because it saves you money in the long run and you get to mature with the product. I have a few quality belts from Brave Leather, Anderson's, and Solid Leather - and they've become staples in my wardrobe. It goes without saying that it's good idea to have a few options to match with various outfits.

There are obviously various types of belts: dress, casual, grungy, etc. - but what if you're in the market for one belt and want something that works for any look? Here's where to start:

An everyday belt

Here's a belt that you can literally wear with anything. It can be casual yet refined when you need it to be, and it has the weight of a quality belt. This guy is from Solid Leather (as you can tell), and it's been one of my go to staples on a daily basis. It's truly a solid choice.

A dress belt

With that in mind, it is meant to be dressed up. It's a simple and elegant style that works really well with suiting options. However, as you can see below: I've dressed it down. And there's nothing wrong with that. Wear belts as you see fit, since they can work well based on your personal taste/style.

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A casual belt

Casual belts have a way of putting together any look. You could even wear a tshirt and chinos and have the look come together because of a good casual belt. Sometimes, it's hard to transition casual belts to dressed looks, so it's best to keep them casual. One of my favourites come from Brave Leather (one I actually made myself at their factory), also shown below.

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At the end of the day it comes down to what you prefer in terms of a belt and how you want to wear it. These are simply guidelines that I abide by, and tend to work fairly well in my humble opinion. Feel free to experiment and try different types and styles of belts - and I'd love to see what you guys come up with!

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