Men’s belts: Where fashion meets function
Why do you need a belt? Well, have you ever tried to get through the day without one? Belts for men sit at the intersection of style and practicality. Obviously, their main role is to hold your trousers in place all day. However, it needs to look good, too. Men don't have many options for accessories, so the right belt is key. You should always have a few classic belts available, as it's impossible to find one that will work for every single outfit you have. Use it as a subtle finishing touch, or turn it into a full feature.
The golden rules of wearing belts
Don't think of men's belts as an afterthought; they should be chosen with the same care and attention to detail as the rest of your outfit. There are some simple rules to follow to ensure that your belts don't stand out for the wrong reasons. First, think about the colours you're wearing; in particular, take a look at your shoes. Look at both the colour and the finish. Match matte to matte, patent to patent, and suede to suede. Try to match the colour, too. If that's impossible, then at least make sure that your belt doesn't clash with your shoes – a definite fashion no-no! Another essential rule is matching metals when choosing belts. Leather belts with gold buckles should never be worn with silver accessories and vice versa. Pay attention to the details on your bag and watch; if all your metals match, you'll look comfortably put together.
How men’s belts can bring your outfit together
Belts for men can play a key role in any polished outfit. Outside the office, you probably don't want the same formal leather belt that you usually wear. For something more relaxed, go for woven casual belts – the perfect summer accessory for men! If you want to try a cool, casual European look, try jeans or chinos with a shirt partly tucked in. This will make a centrepiece of your men’s belt, so ensure that it's worth looking at. Choose one in a colour that contrasts with your trousers; light colours look good with blue jeans, while dark colours or a classic tan will go extremely well with summery chinos.