Belt Etiquette for Men

Landen Baynard, Editor-In-Chief

As silly as it may sound when it comes to wearing an outfit, your belt matters! Here is a guide on how you should wear your belt and belt etiquette.

Belt Anatomy (1). It is important to know the different parts of the belt. The belt is composed of the strap and buckle. The strap has two parts: the end tip and the punch hole. The Buckle has 4 parts: the belt loop, the bar, the frame, and the prong (note: the prong should go through the middle punch hole). The diagram will be the first image in the slide.

Belt Size (2). The second thing you should know about belts is that there are different sizes. Belts range from Small (S) to Extra Extra Long (XXL). A size guide for reference is below and will be the second image in the slide:






Belt Style (3). From belt to belt, the style changes. The main belt styles you are going to see is the frame style, the plate style, the box frame style (open box or closed box), and the ring style (0-ring or a D-ring).



Belt Width (4). Piggybacking off of the belt style is the belt width. There are two belt widths made for two different fashion styles. First, you have the Casual Belt width which is 1.75 inches wide. Next, you have the Dress Belt width which is 1.5 inches wide.

Gig Line (5). Last but certainly not least is the gig line. The gig line is a military term that refers to the alignment of the seam of your shirt, the belt, and the pant fly-seam. Ideally, these three would align to create a perfect line down the front of one’s body as seen in the image.