Jack Thompson
Jun 7, 2017 · 3 min read

Picking another belt as a gift for Fathers Day? How to Pick the Right Mens Belts

You can tell a lot about someone by the belt they are wearing. So, picking the right belt can tell the world that you are capable of completing a simple task that many people get wrong. Like shoes and ties, there are mens belts that are meant for special occasions. There are hundreds of mens belts on the market. So, how do you know what is a right one for your outfit?

What Type of Belt?

There are different types of mens belts, but they can be broken down into two categories. The two categories are dress and casual.

Dress Mens Belts

Dress belts are designed to be worn with suit pants because the design is simple and clean. These belts are most times 2.5 to 3.5 cm wide and are made from leather. A dress belt should match the color and texture of your shoes. If you like a woven belt, you should avoid large weaves if you are going to a formal event. Fine weaves can still create texture in an outfit for formal events. Westport Big & Tall carries a wide variety of dress belts from brands such as Cutter & Buck, to Levi’s, to Peter Millar.

Casual Belts

There are not a lot of rules for casual mens belts. They are more about adding panache to a laid back outfit. These are the belts that you can use to show off your personality and individual style with. If you are not sure what will look the best with your outfit, try on the belt with the outfit and see how it looks. A great option is to have at least one unpolished leather belt in your closet. This belt looks great with most outfits.

The Size

The first thing that you need to know is what size belt that you need. The size is most times in a number, and for many brands, this is your waist size. However, you should buy a belt that is one size larger than your pant size.

This is to allow the belt to have extra length to tuck into the loops when the belt is fastened. Two spare holes are roughly what you need for most belts to tuck the end under the first belt loop. The best bet is to go shorter than longer because too long of an end can cause you to have to pull it to the next loop or hide the end behind the belt. This just looks awkward and does not look good with any outfit.


The style of belt that you choose should depend on what outfit you are planning to wear it with and your overall style. Most belts have a long lifetime, and never go out of style, so you should spend more on the belts that you know you will wear a lot. A simple tip is if you are wearing a belt, truck your shirt in.

There are a lot of options for mens belts, which can make it difficult to know what the right one is for your outfit. Hopefully, our guide has helped you find out what is the best belt for your outfit.