Belt Buckles

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Few things in the realm of fashion inspire as much controversy as talk of belt buckles. That's because, much like skirt lengths, belt buckle tastes change with the blowing winds, not to mention where, geographically, you find yourself. Suffice it to say, the belt buckle you'd wear while overseeing your Texas oil-drilling concern won't curry much favor in the lair of "Massachusetts liberals."

There are those proponents of belt buckles who feel that they are one of the last safe places on a man's body where he may assert his individualism, especially in the suit-and-tie worlds of finance, accounting, law, and so forth. The return to favor of black and navy suits, slickly polished shoes, and conservatively patterned ties has sounded the death knell for many men's accessories, so belt buckles are enjoying a bit of a popular revival. Now that you know they're "in," how do you go about picking a buckle that's right for you?

Picking Out Belt Buckles

For a while, seat belt buckles flirted with fame in the fashion world. If you'd rather feel liberated than shackled to your pants, no matter how compelling or clever the statement may be, steer clear of this faded fad and choose something more classic like a silver or platinum buckle. Either is a perfect companion to steel or silver watch bands, bracelets, or chains. The same holds for gold and bronze. Your clasp ought to match your other prominent accessories (including your shoe buckles, should you have them).

Some men like the exclusivity of the G-style clasp fashioned by Gucci as a signature of its overall line. Other men choose initials symbolic of their own names, though this can border on narcissistic, especially when coupled with monogrammed shirt cuffs and pockets. If you've any doubt whatsoever, play it conservative and invest in a simple silver roller-buckle or D-ring belt.


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