Does your belt buckle say ‘casual’ or ‘formal?’
Did you know that there’s more to a formal or casual belt than just its width?
Several things separate casual belts (also known as jeans belts) from dress belts:
- Casual belts are wider. On average, casual belts are more than 1.5″ wide, whereas dress belts are less than 1.5″ wide.
- Casual belts are usually, but not always, made from one piece of leather. In comparison, dress belts are usually made from two or three pieces of leather stitched and joined together to create a single belt.
- Casual belts have larger buckles than dress belts.
Apart from the width of a belt, the size of the buckle is one of the best indicators of how casual or dressy the belt is. A large buckle, such as a 40mm wide buckle, signals that a belt is casual, even if its width is more in line with a dress belt.
Likewise, a small buckle equals a more dressy, formal belt. You’ll rarely see a small, 30mm belt buckle on a thick buffalo leather belt, for example.
If you’re dressing up for an event and need to wear a suit, make sure your belt buckle isn’t wider than 1.5″ from one edge to the other. If you’re dressing casually, such as with a pair of jeans, choose any size of belt buckle you like.
All of the belts we recommend for wearing with jeans have large buckles, most of which are over one-and-a-half inches wide.
This is just one of many small things that determine which belt is suitable for which occasion. As always, it’s best to have a variety of belts to suit every outfit, from a casual t-shirt and pair of jeans to business casual or a suit.
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