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Friday, May 31, 2013

Colors And Style of Men’s Belt

Men’s Belt Basics:  Belt Colors
Leather should always match leather.  That rule stays with you in dress and casual wear:  brown leather shoes go with a brown leather belt, and black with black.  Glossy belts should be paired with highly-polished shoes; matte shoes go with matte belts.  If you’re wearing casual shoes that aren’t made of leather, you have more freedom to work with.  Cloth shoes can be paired with cloth belts of a different color.
Rare animal patterns can be very expensive, but should still be considered casual wear.  A very high-quality ostrich-skin belt is too ostentatious for a business setting (but can be very sharp-looking out on the town).  Snakeskin and other reptilian patterns are eye-catching options as well — just keep in mind how much attention you want being drawn to your midsection.  That’s where people’s eyes will be going if the belt is the most distinctive part of the outfit.  The same holds true for brightly-colored belts of more conventional materials.

Men’s Belt Basics:  Styles of Buckle
There are a few common ways of approaching the basic task of holding your pants up.  Most belts fall into one of these styles:
  • Buckles with a tongue:  the belt slides through a loop of metal, and a metal tongue is slipped through a hole in the belt to pin it down.
  • Buckles with a hook:  a flat metal (or plastic) plate is attached by slipping a hook on the back of the buckle through the front of the belt.
  • Buckles with a sliding latch:  the belt slides through a metal latch, inside which a vertical peg presses the belt into place.
  • Braided belts:  use a basic tongue buckle, but the belt is made of a woven leather braid rather than a flat piece of leather with punched holes.  The tongue can slip between any two strands.
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