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20 Best Belts For Men (2012 Edition)

Men’s belts are the bane of my existence. The best ones are very difficult to find and when you do, they either break or wear so quickly they’re hardly worth buying. So we went a looking and uncovered some real men’s belt beauties. Some expensive. Some cheap. But all worthy of an occasion to be worn. Enjoy.


Men’s Belt #1 – Carven Slim Leather Belt
The Slim Leather Belt by Carven is an easy way to put your accessories to work for you. Use it to add a pop of colour to a casual outfit (or a suit if you’re feeling especially daring). The leather keeps it classic, but the navy blue shade adds just the right amount of updated intrigue.  Sometimes less is more with belts.  (Price: $104.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #2 – Dolce & Gabbana Basket Weave Belt
The brown embossed leather of the Dolce & Gabbana Basket Weave Belt finds that tricky balancing point between extravagance and ostentation. The square weave and supple leather is all luxury, but the simple buckle and impeccable styling keep it out of the realm of flamboyance. (Price: $269.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #3 – Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Trouser Belt
To inject a little classic Italian style into your wardrobe, try the Intrecciato Trouser Belt by Bottega Veneta. The label’s iconic signature intrecciato weave is the star of the piece, but the beautiful black leather and thick adjustable buckle play strong supporting roles. Note: Trouser belts are best paired with a trouser snake. (Price: $433.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #4 – Anderson’s Belts Multi-Colour Woven Belt

Sometimes you just have to go bold. For those moments, there’s the Multi-Colour Woven Belt by Anderson’s Belts. The vibrant woven fabrics – in orange, blue, green, cherry red, and white – are set off by a silver tone metal buckle and red leather details. This is how you wear a box of Crayola crayons and look good while doing it. (Price: $84.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #5 – A.P.C. Cotton And Linen-Garbardine Belt
Something about this belt conjures up images of sipping a brightly coloured cocktail by the pool at a 5-star coastal resort somewhere in Italy. Gold hardware, navy cotton and linen-garbardine, and black leather lining make up this casual-cool accessory. Italian resort not included. (Price: $180.oo BUY)


Men’s Belt #6 – Paul Smith Shoes & Accessories Woven Leather Belt
The classics are classics for a reason. The Woven Leather Belt by Paul Smith Shoes &Accessories is a hand-burnished woven belt made from Spanish leather that exemplifies classic men’s style. Use it to add a timeless polish your off-duty looks. (Price: $250.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #7 – Polo Ralph Lauren Striped Grosgrain Belt
The Polo Ralph Lauren Striped Grosgrain Belt is a spot-on accompaniment to the preppy, polo-shirt-and-loafers look that the label is famous for. The vivid blue, green, and red stripes add just enough colour to an outfit without going so over the top that the piece loses its sporty aesthetic. (Price: $50.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #8 – Ralph Lauren Shoes & Accessories Striped Cotton Twill Belt
This Striped Cotton Twill Belt is pure Ralph Lauren. Everything about its laidback, preppy style screams the label’s name – it’s a durable cotton twill fabric with a double metal ring closure and eye-catching orange and navy stripes. Pair it with a neutral outfit for a pop of colour. (Price: $50.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #9 – Jean Shop D-Ring Buckle Leather Belt
The relaxed D-ring buckle style of this belt from Jean Shop is the perfect way to top off a casual outfit. The rugged belt is made from a hefty piece of suede-lined brown leather that’s been given a worn, lived-in look, and closed with two metal D-rings. (Price: $155.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #10 – Gucci Canvas And Leather Belt
For the man who likes the finer things in life but doesn’t like to flaunt the finer things in life, this canvas and leather belt by Gucci is an ideal accessory. The beautiful espresso colour is clearly luxury, and the red and green tab is a restrained nod to the label’s signature Italian branding. (Price: $285.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #11 – Maison Martin Margiela 4cm Smooth Leather Belt
I love the matte finished metal of the two ring buckle on the 4cm Smooth Leather Belt by Maison Martin Margiela. Coupled with the 100% calf leather (available in either brown or black), the belt is a sleek and streamlined way to accessorize an outfit. (Price: $380.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #12 – Dior Homme 3.5cm Brushed Calf Logo Buckle Belt
For a real splurge, check out the 3.5cm Brushed Calf Logo Buckle Belt by Dior Homme. It’ll set you back almost $600, but the adjustable and reversible 100% calf leather and silver-toned logo belt buckle might just be worth it. To be honest, this is a little too OTT. Buyer beware. (Price: $575.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #13 – Maison Martin Margiela 2.5cm Smooth Leather Belt
The construction of a belt follows a relatively stable formula: leather or fabric around the waist, a metal buckle, and a series of holes to cinch the belt….except when it comes to the 2.5cm Smooth Leather Belt by Maison Martin Margiela, which is so sleek that it forgoes the traditional buckle in favor of a leather-covered buckle with a pin closure.  (Price: $215.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #14 – Stussy Deluxe Black Deluxe Nylon Web Belt
The stark simplicity of the Stussy Deluxe Black Deluxe Nylon Web Belt is beautiful. Made from black textile with nude leather accents, a gunmetal tone buckle, and tone on tone stitching, the belt blends the high fashion statement of contrasting colors with the relaxed elegance of the casual textile material. (Price: $105.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #15 – Kris Van Assche Black And White Belt
Super mod and super cool, this black and white belt by Kris Van Assche features tone on tone stitching, a silver tone pin buckle closure with an embossed logo, and another embossed logo at the tip. For all its simplicity, the black and white combo packs a big punch. (Price: $500.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #16 – J. Lindeberg Navy Elastic Woven Belt

Something about the Navy Elastic Woven Belt by J. Lindeberg makes me want to hop on a yacht and sail off into the horizon. Maybe it’s the deep navy colour…maybe it’s the just-rugged-enough brown leather details…maybe it’s the tough woven fabric…whatever it is, I want it (and a yacht). (Price: $125.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #17 – Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Nero Belt
The Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Nero Belt is simple style at its best. Sleek, skinny black leather brings a subtle beauty to the piece that serves as the backdrop to a silver tone pin buckle and metal Y belt loop. (Price: $295.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #18 – Orlebar Brown Navy Glenn Belt
If you’re bored with traditional belts, the Brown Navy Glenn Belt by Orlebar might be just what you need to bring a little excitement back into your accessory collection. It’s a thin, woven textile belt with a logo embossed silver tone loop closure that breaks the status quo while still being totally wearable. (Price: $55.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #19 – Dsquared2 Black London Stud Belt
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t a sucker for a cool studded belt. The Black London Stud Belt by Dsquared2 is the most recent in a long and illustrious line of studded accessories that make my inner rockstar do a stage dive. Love it. (Price: $215.00 BUY)


Men’s Belt #20 – G-Star Fine Basic Belt
The name says it all for G-Star’s Fine Basic Belt. The quality can’t be beat – it’s made from a thick textured leather in brandy brown with a gunmetal-tone buckle – and thanks to its simple, elegant style, it’s a belt that can go anywhere, any time, with almost any outfit.  (Price: $95.00 BUY)

11 Apr, 2012

Luc Wiesman

Founder and Managing Editor
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