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.
Anderson’s have been making high quality belts since 1966. They are made by some of the world’s finest leather artisans in Parma, Italy, ensuring both quality and durability. They have a wide range of formal and casual belts in an array of colours and materials.
Bally is a swiss brand synonymous with simple and paired back yet extremely high quality leather goods. Their famous stripe pattern in either black and white or red and white along with their black and brown leathers makes all of their pieces are timeless and elegant. This reversible belt is perfect for someone looking for a big brand casual belt that doesn’t shout.
1017 ALYX 9SM
Whilst 1017 ALYX 9SM doesn’t have the heritage of some of the other brands, their cutting edge ‘technical’ designs from LA are setting them apart in the belt market. If you’re looking for something rugged with a function over form ethos then these belts are for you.
Skilled craftsmen produce beautifully handmade R.M. Williams leather belts in their Adelaide workshop. Their belts offer a range of belts from intricate hand-plaited kangaroo leather belts to heritage inspired canvas and leather belts, made to look good age with character and perform even better paired with R.M.Williams jeans and trousers.
Polo Ralph Lauren
Having pioneered the ‘Preppy’ style, Polo Ralph Lauren sure knows how to make a belt. With various different ‘Athletic’ patterns, it’s perfect for summer and looks sharp with jeans or chinos. The tan leather ends make it a no-brainer with chino shorts, knitted polo and boat shoes or suede loafers. Prepare yourself (and others) to look perfectly preppy.
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.
Tom Ford doesn’t do things by the book. If your looking for something bold and powerful like Tom Ford’s Lapels – 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.
Dunhill, a name distinctly British is an icon when it comes to paired back, refined design. Their elegant, somewhat motoring inspired pieces hark back to an era where simple design was appreciated over all else. This reversible black and navy number is likely to get double the mileage of other belts and is worthy of its hefty price tag.
Whilst famous for their ultra luxurious fabrics, Loro Piana know a thing or two about belts as well. This navy suede belt is the definition of ‘Smart casual’ and wouldn’t look astray on under full sail or at the office. Pair with some quality chinos and you are well on your way to becoming the office fashionista.
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 army green leather and black metal buckle. This one is best kept for casual occasions and is quite a statement piece (In a good way).
Mulberry, famous for their superb leather bags inject a sense of modern, powerful masculinity into everything they make. This timeless woven leather belt in brown with a gold buckle doesn’t look too dissimilar to something JFK would have rocked during his era. Pair with some great trousers and an elegant brown loafer.
Calling all Hypebeasts. This is the belt for you. Whilst were not entirely sold on this number, it has Virgil Abloh’s signature industrial design cues that give it a real utilitarian feel. Having been made in Italy it is of a high quality that will stand the test of time, even if it goes out of fashion. If you’re looking for something a little more paired back try the black or blue versions of the belt. Wear Carefully! This belt is not for the faint of hearted.
Whilst you may not be able to pronounce their name, you’re sure to recognise the refinement of Ermenegildo Zegna’s products. Their belts range from under-the-radar black and brown to this extravagant Blue example in the brands signature Pelle Tessta weave.
If you find yourself up at the crack of dawn to dress in neoprene and ride waves, your probably already aware of Saturdays NYC. Their surf inspired collections blend casual-refinement and are popular with those who live the ‘beach’ lifestyle. This navy example wouldn’t go-a-miss on the high streets of Byron Bay or at after dinner drinks.