More than a device that holds up your trousers, belts are one of the foundational accessory styles for men – up there with ties, watches and pocket squares. But many men, much to error of the cheap brands doing a bad belt nowadays, get it so wrong.
While the best ones are hard to find – and when you do, they either break or wear too quick that you wish you’d bought two, it need not be this way. From the timeless to the trend-lead, here are the best mens belts this season. Some expensive. Some cheap. But all worthy of an occasion to be worn. Belt-up.
#1 Dunhill Cut-To-Fit Reversible Leather Belt
This reversible leather belt – one side black, the other side dark brown – should be your first dress belt purchase this season. The British tailor has taken the leather to Italy, and crafted it with a smooth finish and styled with a palladium-plated brass roller buckle. Let it roll on through the tabs of your suit pants for a refined look, sans fuss.
#2 Ganryu Elastic Belt
On the far side of the casual spectrum is the elastic belt from Ganryu. Made In Japan (from the guys who bring you Comme des Garçons), the red-and-white weave belt is a melange of modern and classic style ingredients. It’s functional in its elasticated construction (a bit a stretch for the larger gent) and closes with a plastic clasp fastening and premium leather tab, a nice touch. Choose it for a summer vacy with tailored shorts or poolside party with white chinos.
#3 Alexander McQueen Twin Skull Studded Belt
One for the rock gods among us, or the bad boy-inspired, this black leather belt from Alexander McQueen features silver-tone stud detailing and a silver-tone buckle with twin skulls, demeure and discrete to just notice their pirate-y faces peering out from your zipper. Rock the belt out with vintage, black skinnies and a lightweight button down, cropped jacket and leather suede Chelsea boots. You only live once.
#4 Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Belt
Sprezzatura! To inject a little classic Italian style into your wardrobe, try the intrecciato belt by Bottega Veneta. The Milan label’s signature intrecciato weave is the feature in this piece, crafted for texture in a rich dark brown leather and matching brown metal buckle. They are mens belts great for work or leisure.
#5 Anderson’s Waxed Marl Belt
Sometimes you want to set sail. For that, there’s the waxed marl belt by Anderson’s. Made in Italy, the navy and white woven fabrics are wax-finished, for extra protection against the elements (just incase your’e the seafaring type on the weekend). The belt is anchored by a brushed metal buckle and tan leather details at the tip and closure. Anderson’s have been making belts since the Sixties, a heritage belt for a modern gent
#6 Comme Des Garçons
You can’t beat a black, silver buckle belt, even when the style is casual. The Comme des Garçons leather belt is created from a sturdy leather, with a simple, timeless look that’s designed to wear, and turn a touch vintage looking, after time. The square-silver tone buckle makes this type more weekend-ready than office-y, but save it for casual Fridays, when you need a staple belt, that’s not O.T.T. formal.
#7 A.P.C Blue Jeremy Polished-Leather Belt
This A.P.C belt comes direct from France. Made from the finest leather and dyed blue, it’s buffed to achieve a high-shine finish. Fitted with a sleek silver buckle, it has a sophisticated midnight hue that will look particularly smart against earthy shades. But this blue-y belt is perfect for tonal dressing, teamed with a navy suit or blue denim jeans. And its darkness makes it a nice alternative to black.
#8 Jean Shop D-Ring Buckle Leather Belt
The Jean Shop? This belt is made for denim, then. The relaxed D-ring buckle style is the perfect way to top off a denim outfit (a nice buffer between a double-denim ensemble perhaps?) or a with casual tee and your favourite indigo-dyed jeans. The rugged belt is made from a hefty piece of brown leather that’s been given a worn, lived-in look. It’s closed with two metal D-rings in a brassy tone, for authentic Americana.
#9 Gucci Double G Buckle Leather Belt
Not for the style shy, Gucci’s gargantuan ‘GG’ monogram belt is your go-to for lovers of luxury, and for those who want onlookers to know it. But, there’s nothing trashy about this Made In Italy masterpiece: the burnished-gold buckle and buttery leather crafted perfect in size to be worn with easy-go jeans. Gucci wants to give off a laid-back louche look, not ridin’ cowboy.
#10 Berluti Polished Green Leather
Berluti – the French bottier – extends its leather savoir-faire beyond boots and shoes and into belts. Classics browns, tans and blacks? You bet. But, Berluti’s polished green leather – with a buckle in precious metal – in a hand-rubbed patinas, is a splash of tasteful colour with dark denim or grey trousers that will hold up impeccably for a long time. And will do the same for your trousers.
#11 Maison Margiela 11 Tag Buckle Belt
Straight from the future, the tag belt – from Parisian purveyors of cool Maison Margiela – revolutionises the classic belt design with an industrial aesthetic that feels dystopian. To get your size just right, it features all-over buckle holes and a burnished metal buckle with engraved branding. The perfect mens belts for the guy who wants an I-don’t-care edge to his outfit.
#12 Loro Piana Mushroom Suede Belt
Don’t worry, the Loro Piana mushroom suede belt isn’t made from garden fungi. It’s named that way for its spongey finish and earthen colour. The pale grey-beige pairs smartly with any coloured trouser – light or dark and should work it way into summer tailoring – an allover neutral look – white, cream, light grey – given an instant lift. Crafted in Italy, it’s backed in smooth leather and finished with a silver-tone buckle.
#13 J.Crew Brown Leather Belt
Cut from polished Italian leather, this everyday belt boasts a fine grain and a rich burnish finished with stitched edges (for a more casual finish). The sleek nickel, silver tone buckle, brings in the formalities once more. Crafted in the USA, team it with everything from cuffed jeans to slim chinos.
#14 Polo Ralph Lauren Web Striped Belt
With military-inspired stripes, Polo Ralph Lauren’s web belt is supremely patriotic to the motherland. With a white base and navy and red accents, it’s perfect for summer and looks sharp with jeans or chinos. The tan leather ends make it a no-brainer with chino shorts, a knitted polo and boat shoes or suede loafers. Perfectly preppy, without the cheese.
#15 Dior Homme Calf Logo Buckle Belt
When money’s no question, Dior Homme’s timeless collection belts are a surefire win. Just like calf logo buckle belt. It’ll set you back almost $600, but the adjustable and reversible 100% calf leather and palladium, silver-toned logo belt buckle might just be worth it. It’s full on, brash and should only be considered if you have the personality to pull it off. Confidence is key. Just keep all the other parts of your look classic, and you’ll be feeling trés chic.
#16 Santiago Gonzalez Brown Crocodile Belt
Not one of the conservationist, the Santiago Gonzalez’s crocodile dress belt is made from the softest part of the caiman skin. Made in Columbia, it comes set with a classic roller buckle with fixed leather keeper, and an adjustable closure. The rich brown and grainy finish dapper with a navy suit. Plus, not many men brave exotic skins, so you’ll be sure to be sporting a unique look. Just don’t wear go overboard with croc-everything – shoes, briefcase, wallet et al. You may have PETA coming after you if you do.
#17 Tom Ford T Icon Belt
Tom Ford doesn’t do things by the book. Voila – the New York designer’s T Icon Belt – in reference to the brand’s iconic typography, comes in calfskin leather and is reversible. The dark-brown side is finished with a polished gold ‘T’ buckle, while the black face has a simple and understated bar but boasts a grained finish. Go up two sizes with this one, it’s a small fit. With a statement dinner jacket and trouser. Something Mr. Ford would approve of.
#18 Hugo Boss Braided Belt
One of the richest in texture belts is the braided belt from Hugo Boss. Perfectly plaited, the Italian-crafted leather belt in brown is made of three thick bands to form a braid (something you’d see on Game of Thrones). This belt was made for jeans, a sleek silver buckle setting the look into smart casual territory, and subtly stamped with the Hugo Boss moniker.
#19 Tod’s Blue Suede Belt
Fans of Tod’s driving loafer can punctuate a weekend-ready look with the Made in Italy blue suede belt, cut with a shined silver buckled, that forgoes the traditional squared shape for a rounder silhouette. A nice choice in colour for light chinos or grey suit trousers, now all you need is a car coat, aviators and a leather carryall – a convertible of some sort, to get your getaway adventure look sorted.
#20 Michael Kors Beige Woven Belt
If you’re ready for summer, the beige woven belt – with tan leather end trim – is the perfect accessory. It’s sturdy knotting and wider design, make it a stand piece with a tucked in polo shirt and your favourite pair of chinos. It’s a casual classic, that’ll even fair well with warm weather, light coloured tailoring. Tan shoes complete the look.