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:

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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