Choosing the right belt size is crucial for achieving a polished and well-put-together look. Here are some essential rules to guide you in finding the perfect fit:
1. Length Measurement:
- Your belt size should ideally be 2 inches longer than the size of your pants' waist. For instance, if you wear size 40” trousers, opt for a 42” belt (105 cm).
- Measure from the buckled belt hole (usually the middle one) to the end of the strap attached to the buckle.
2. Using Your Old Belt:
- Alternatively, measure your old belt from where you buckle it to the opposite end of the strap. Choose the closest size to that measurement.
3. Plate Buckles:
- When buying a plate buckle, take into account the throw (distance from chape to hook) as it adds to the length of your belt.
4. Avoiding a Belt That's Too Long:
- If your belt is too long, resist the temptation to add a hole manually, as it may result in misalignment and compromise the strap's integrity.
- Check if the belt strap is removable. Some belts, like 72 Smalldive ones, are re-sizeable. If DIY resizing, use a leather hole puncher and consider seeking professional help for precise adjustments.
5. Dress Belt Tail Length:
- Dress belts should ideally have a short tail end—no more than 5 inches to the left of the buckle when fastened. This length allows for easy tucking through belt loops.
6. Sizing Considerations:
- When buying for someone or online, err on the side of extra length if the belt is resizable. Avoid aiming for a snug fit, as belt fit can vary with different trousers.
- Test the belt with various pants in your wardrobe. If the left side of the buckle extends beyond 5 inches, consider resizing.
7. Casual and Weave Belts:
- Casual and weave belts can have a slightly longer tail, but be cautious not to go excessively long. Aim for a balanced look.
8. Military-Style Canvas Belts:
- Military-style canvas belts with brass buckles traditionally have shorter tails, often docked right down to the buckle.
For un-resizeable belts, it's better to err on the shorter side than to have a dangling belt, as this defeats the purpose of achieving a cinched silhouette. Refer to the 72 Smalldive Belt Size Guide on our product pages for detailed information to assist you in choosing the right size while shopping online.