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Both men and women cannot live with one accessory: a belt. Whether you’re wearing a pair of jeans, slacks or shorts or even a skirt, everyone uses a belt to hold such pieces of clothing up or as an additional stylish accessory.

When it comes to buying a new belt, you need to remember that just like with other types of clothes and accessories you want or need to buy, you also need to put in some extra consideration and deliberation about the one that you will ultimately purchase. You don’t want to make the mistake of buying the wrong kind of belt or one that doesn’t suit or fit you.To help you choose and make a good decision when it comes to buying a new belt, below are some important consideration and helpful tips you can keep in mind.

Things to consider

Try on the belt you wish to buy

wqsaddIn general, belts must have a few inches of leather to the left of the buckle whenever it is fastened. The tail of the belt should be sufficient enough to be tucked under the first belt loop or on the loop on the belt if it has one. Fashion experts say that when it comes to getting and using a belt, it is better to err on the side of shortness rather than wrapping a long tail of leather around your hip again, which can be quite uncomfortable and not too appealing to look at as well.

Remember that the bigger the belt buckle is, the less formal it is

Dress belts, which you can pair with your slacks for office wear and other formal and semi-formal occasions, usually have tiny and flat belt buckles. These belts are also usually slimmer and narrower in size and hence, are more formal looking. Belts with larger buckles and with rounded shapes, on the other hand, are commonly seen on more casual styles of this accessory.

If you’re looking to get a new casual belt, remember that you can have almost any kind of buckle you like or want. You need to understand though that consistency of theme is more important than the belt’s shape or size when you wear this with a casual type of attire. This simply means that if you wear a big and bulky metal buckle with a cowboy design or theme, wear this with a Western-styled outfit. You can’t use this belt buckle if you have on a preppy or sporty attire.

Check the quality

qswzxdefrLastly, make sure you check the quality of the belt before buying it. A good belt, in general, has a soft and supple leather. To make sure that the belt you want to buy is strong, not brittle and that it has no cracks flex it. Take a close look at the stitching on the belt as well: make sure the stitches are small and tight and that there are no loose ends in any area on the belt where the leather has been sewn.