Men's Belts

Written by Tara Peris
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The vast majority of men's belts are designed for conventional use in the workplace. They are intended to be subtle markers of good taste, connoting professionalism and attention to detail. They are not meant to stand out, but rather to complement the rest of the professional ensemble.

Choosing a Belt

When choosing a belt for work, you should think carefully about color and size. Black belts look best with black and gray trousers, whereas a rich cordovan is often the best accompaniment for navy, brown, and olive. Careful attention to this aspect of coordination is essential for preserving an integrated, polished look.

Needless to say, the belt should also fit well. This applies to both length and width, and it is never worthwhile to buy a belt that is a size too big or too small hoping you can pull it off. The poor fit will show, and it will impede the proper drape of the trousers. Likewise, professional men's belts should be of a medium width that allows them to slide comfortably through the trouser belt loops. The office is not a place to make bold new statements with a flashy design that is unusually narrow or wide.

That being said, however, there is much you can do with your belts outside the workplace. There are a number of fun, contemporary designs incorporating unique colors, patterns, and styles, and it is worth it to do a bit of experimenting. Whereas the office calls for uniformity, the weekend cries out for a bit of adventure and a break from the norm.

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