Man’s Ultimate Guide To Belts
Do you know the rules for stylish belts?Can you tell a ‘jeans' belt from a ‘suit' belt?An accent belt from a statement belt?
Formal Or Casual?
Just as with shoes, there are dress belts and casual belts, although there's overlap between the two styles. Dress belts are for wearing with suits and business attire. Casual belts can be worn with anything down to jeans and shorts. Leather is the only suitable material for dress belts (or a really good imitation leather if you're vegetarian.) Black and brown are the most formal colors for leather; some other colors you might see towards the smart-casual end of formal belts are oxblood, tan, navy, gray, and white for summer. When you're wearing a formal belt, be
careful to match your leathers and match your metals - your belt should be not only the same color but also the same level of shininess as your shoes and other leather accessories, and the buckle should be the same color as your other metal accessories. For casual occasions, you should still match your metals but you've got more leeway on the leathers - brown with tan or tan with white is fine. In a pinch, you can also wear your formal belt with jeans. It doesn't look quite right, but it's where most men's belt collections start.Why doesn't it look right? For a start, formal belt leather is usually shiny and sleek, while leather in casual belts is rugged and matte. Secondly, casual leather work belts are broader, tougher, and stiffer than leather dress belts, making them great for concealed carry. They're usually made to take interchangeable buckles - anything from frame-style to a cowboy buckle. A bigger belt buckle is less formal. Dress belts usually have a small frame-style buckle. Casual belts can have almost any buckle as long as it goes with the style of the outfit (for instance, you might want to wear cowboy boots with that cowboy buckle.) For a shortcut to more styles, get a couple of belts with interchangeable buckles that can be swapped in and out.Accent Or Statement?An accent piece is subtle, low-key, and complements the rest of your outfit. It's usually in coordinating or neutral colors. A statement piece demands attention, and contrasts with the rest of your outfit. It works best when the outfit isn't too filled with colors and patterns. Casual belts can be accent or statement accessories. Dress belts are pretty much always accents. Don't wear an eyecatching statement belt if you're not confident about drawing attention to your waist.
Top 3 Go-To Belts For MenDress belt - for business and evening wear
1-1.5 inch strap
Only about 0.1 inch thickBlack or brown leatherUsually shinyUndecorated - maybe a little broguing or hand burnishingSmall, plain, polished buckle - normally frame styleMatch leathers, match metalsCasual belt -for jeans
1.5 inch strap or wider
Choose a strap color that goes with your wardrobeStrap can be patternedUsually has a double D-ring buckleWear with chinos or shorts When You DON’T Need A BeltYou don't need a belt if your pants don't have belt loops.
1.5 inch strap or wider
Can be thicker than a dress belt Tan or natural leatherMatte, rugged and can be braided, textured or decorated Can have a larger and/or more decorative buckle –plate, box or frameDoesn’t have to match leathers exactly (e.g. brown with tan, tan with white)Webbed fabric belt – for summer casual
In general, you should wear a belt with all pants (including jeans) that have belt loops. Leaving it off can look sloppy. But if your outfit is looking too busy or you don't have a belt that matches it, you might be better off going beltless - provided your pants fit well enough! You can choose suspenders as a stylish and fun alternative. Although it's a little more effort, I recommend button suspenders over clip ones, which can damage your waistband. Suspenders are a great way of dressing well for larger men -they'll hold up your pants more effectively and reduce bulk at the waist. They also make a short guy look taller (or at least, they don't make you look shorter by breaking the line of your body the way belts do.) Despite what you may have heard, you can wear a belt with suspenders -but only if it's a work belt. With anything less casual, it's overkill. It looks as if you either don't know what you're doing, or are just that worried about your pants falling down.
8 Things Women LOVE On A Man | Ten Attractive Items To Wear | What Appeals To The Ladies?
Look guys.I did the research and the ladies have spoken.I know a few of these you can probably guess.But I bet at least half are going to surprise you.I know #4 surprised me.And guys – even if you're married, this information is still gold for impressing your wife.Here's the reality. Many women have certain fashion tastes for men.Without that appeal, you may have to work a little harder.So the question to ask is what do the ladies want men to wear?The answer: look no further than the following ten items below.
1. Well Fitted Suits
We know the function of suits - high-standard clothing for business and fancy events. Suit aren't the most commonly worn outfits for first dates BUT the ladies love them every now and then. They like it when you dress to impress for special occasions like your wedding anniversary. They appreciate that effort. But whenever you wear a suit it's got to be the right fit. Psychology tells us about the classic “V-shaped” body which is associated with good health and more testosterone. So women are particularly drawn to well-fitting suits because of how masculine they make a guy look. Trimmed waist, bigger shoulders and hands - these are the factors that command attention. Any man can put on a suit. But a guy who doesn't
allow the suit to overpower or make him feel uncomfortable is the one who stands out from the rest. He's the one seen by women and the rest of society as powerful and successful.
2. A Nice Watch
Many of us use smart phones to tell time, but the more polite way to check the time is a simple flick of the wrist, especially in social settings. For this reason, every man needs a good watch. And the second obvious reason - women like men who pay attention to details. So if you have an effortless timepiece on your wrist - it catches their eyes. It makes a great conversation starter with a woman you approach.The best men's watches incorporate a timeless face and minimalist design. Those watches are a specialty of Vincero. This is a company that continues to release great products with unique styles. These watches are some of the best ways to sharpen your look.
A nice scent is often the #1 factor for women in choosing a potential partner. Researchers in Europe have published a study in the Personality and Individual Differences journal about men's and women's “mate selection” factors.It shows women rate olfactory (smell) cues as more important than visual cues. So don’t underestimate women’s sense of smell... it’s pretty sensitive. Your goal now should be getting the right product that will give you the best scent. Since everybody's different - it depends on your body chemistry. You may have to try a number of samples before you find one that truly works.
4. The Color Pink
Pink has an appeal that goes beyond these socially constructed views on masculinity. There's a lot of confidence it takes for a guy to wear pink .Pink is also associated with positive emotions. French researchers at the University of Poitiers made a study about the color pink in 2014. The findings showed that those wearing pink appear happier than they are. Somehow pink (along with green and white) accentuates happy faces and downplays not-so-happy ones. And we know the ladies respond well to good vibes and energy.
5. Well Fitted Jeans
Jeans are timeless clothing items. Any guy regardless of age or body type needs a good pair of jeans in his closet. But let’s not forget why they’re so loved. Denim jeans have always been a part of American pop culture. Just look at the iconic cowboy characters that dominated Western films. Or those bad boys like Jim Stark in Rebel Without A Cause (played by James Dean). Or Bruce Springsteen’s blue-collar persona throughout the ‘80s. Women loved men in jeans back then - and it appears they always will. Those men in Hollywood may look amazing in jeans but the real world isn't as glamorous..
Jeans that perfectly fit aren’t so easy to find. There are many brands and cuts and types - so you’ll need some trial and error before you end up buying the right pair. The trick is to go 1 size down or try a different fit. Avoid baggy or carpenter jeans altogether
6. Stylish Footwear
They say the eyes are windows to the soul. So that makes shoes the windows to your style. You always want a good pair to show that you pay attention to the small details in style. Based on your shoes, women can interpret a number of things about you before you start talking. Flimsy shoes make you look cheap. Worn out shoes make it
seem like you don't take care of yourself. But stylish ones - Oxfords, Monk Straps, Italian moccasins etc. - show you've got good taste. These are the kinds worth investing in. Women love them because leather indicates wealth and status. Remember that the type of leather also plays a part. In general suede goes well with social settings while calfskin suits slightly dressier events. These are some basics to follow if you want to bring up your style game.
One thing that gives V-necks an edge over crew neck outfits is the power of the V shape. It's more versatile -you can wear plain white V-neck and it doesn't resemble an undershirt. The shape also makes your cheekbones appear wider than your jawline. That gives athletic guys an even stronger appeal. Women are drawn to clothes that strike the right balance between casual and dressed up - which V-necks do effortlessly. Bright-colored V-neck shirts can be worn for the summer while V-neck sweaters work for spring/autumn in different colors or patterns. The V design is a safe bet for most occasions. But be careful to avoid V-necks that go too low and overexpose the chest. These do “too much” and may turn women off.
8.A Great Smile & Fresh Breath
This last item requires no shopping or rummaging in your closet. It has everything to do with your face -especially your mouth. There's an article published in 2013 in the journal Cognition & Emotion that proves how effective smiling is. Research shows smiling is the simplest and cheapest way to make one more attractive. Smilers are judged as having better health, openness and trustworthiness than non-smilers. It doesn't
matter whether they really feel happy. Women are more likely to be interested in guys who approach them with a smile. So say cheese all the time. Don't forget to brush your teeth. Floss regularly and drink lots of water. Use breath mints. And pay your dentist a visit every 6 months. You don't want to your best smile ruined whenever you need it most! Also see this page for some ways you can get your teeth whitened at home.
Bonus: A Confident SelfNothing can replace confidence. You may have fantastic clothes. Your smile may look like it came off an ad. But if you lack confidence, it shows and eventually distracts from everything else. If you learn to feel great about yourself... everything gets easier! You start believing you're attractive. Your words and gestures become natural. Your sense of humor comes out. You actually enjoy the occasion. You OWN your look and show no signs of trying hard. And all those things can potentially win a woman over.
Belt Materials Explained
Belts are a whole lot of fun to play around with —especially the kind you can deconstruct and reconstruct to suit different outfits and occasions.What's more, pants with belt loops look naked without them.Buckle up for a fast ride through everything you need to know about these classic masculine accessories.Today let us talk about the belt material.
Strap MaterialsCow And CalfCowhide is the most common leather used for belts, and comes in a few variations:Full grain leather is the best looking and most hardwearing, while calfskin is the softest and most supple. The highest quality formal belts will be full grain calfskin. Braided leather is used with a frame-style buckle to make very adjustable belts: you can put the prong in any hole in the braid. Multicolored braided leather is a casual summer look, while monochrome braided leather is too casual for a suit but good with a sports jacket.ooled leather is decorated by "tooling", a stamping process that leaves patterns on the leather, which are often then stained to make them stand out. Tooled belts work well with simple outfits, such as a pair of jeans and a basic button-down shirt. Suede is also often used for casual belts. It's less durable than full grain leather, but usually has a full grain leather backing for extra strength. Exotic LeathersOstrich, lizard, crocodile, and alligator are all technically casual, but can work as formal in a dark color.Ostrich belts are a bold look, dotted with pockmarks from the feathers –imagine the biggest, most stylish plucked chicken you've ever seen. They tend to fetch a high price.Lizard, and especially crocodile and alligator belts, are even more upscale and have a subtler pattern and texture.
#2. Other MaterialsLeather-backed ribbon is a casual material that allows you to stand out with bright colors and bold motifs, and is usually paired with a frame buckle. Leatherback ribbon belts go perfectly with sailing, golf, and boat shoes. Canvas as a belt material has a military origin. It's used for functional rather than decorative belts, and usually goes with a box buckle. Webbing is another functional material, good for outdoor pursuits. It can be found in fun colors and patterns, and most often comes with a D ring buckle. Rope belts are mostly a women’s fashion, but worn by men in nautical circles. Often fastened with a knot and loop rather than a buckle, they're a bit preppy but durable and easy to clean, and can take a soaking better than leather. Vinyl is cheap, often colorful, bold and alternative. Vinyl belts are a young man’s style and can look tacky on older men. Faux leather is made with polyurethane on a fabric backing. It's durable and low-maintenance, and the best faux leathers look realistic, although they don’t develop the same patina as real leather. On the other hand, cheap fake leather looks cheap and fake.
Difference Between Casual And Formal
Belts are a whole lot of fun to play around with — especially the kind you can deconstruct and reconstruct to suit different outfits and occasions.What's more, pants with belt loops look naked without them.Buckle up for a fast ride through everything you need to know about these classic masculine accessories.
What Is A Belt?
Let's start by defining what we're talking about .#1) A belt is a cinching system that goes around the waist using tension to hold up a person's pants. A piece of string can be a belt! #2) A belt can be for carrying things. Look at Batman and his utility belt, or a gentleman who decides to concealed carry. #3) Most belts are purely decorative. Anatomy Of A BeltThe vast majority of belts have two parts: the buckle and the strap.Many belts also have a keeper loop and/or an end tip (the end tip is usually metal, or leather on cloth belts). The end tip protects the end of the belt and can make it easier to buckle. After it's buckled, the keeper loop stops the free end flapping around. In some belts, the strap and buckle are permanently joined together; in others they can be taken apart and switched out. The part of the buckle that joins it to the strap is called the chape.
#1. FRAME-STYLESeen on nearly all formal belts, and also on casual beltsStrap goes through frameProng goes through holes in the strap to fasten the belt#2. PLATE-STYLEUsually detachable –paired with snap belts (straps without buckles)Plate is usually decorated – e.g. in cowboy and biker beltsHook goes through the front of the strapThrow (distance from chape to hook) adds to the length of your belt#3. BOX-FRAMEBox is hollow, metal and open-endedPost presses the strap against the inside of the boxNo need for holes in the strap#4. BOX-OUTMostly found in women's fashionA simple leather or synthetic frame –the belt threads throughNot very durable – more for decoration#5. MICRO-ADJUSTUses a ratchet-style track system that requires a special type of strapA folding piece of metal presses the ‘teeth' of the track system into the strapNo need for belt holes – allows minute adjustments#6. O-RING/D-RINGOne or two rings form the buckleBelt is fastened by threading through themCasual, used with braided, webbing and canvas belts#7. SNAP‘Male' and ‘female' ends snap together like a seat beltVery casual and functional, often found in outdoor pursuits gearNot to be confused with snap belts
#1. 1.25 inchesFormal beltsBelts for smaller guys (waist under 34”)Belts for skinny jeans and tapered trousers#2. 1.5 inchesFormal to casualGoes well with denim, chinos and heavier fabrics#3. 1.75 inchesRarer and definitely casualPerfect with jeans and casual trousersSuits statement buckles as well as classic buckles
How To Buy Quality
Don't succumb to the lure of cheap leather — it cracks easily and makes you look shabby. Indicators of good quality in belts include:– Soft supple leather that doesn't crack — the best (and most expensive) belts are made from calfskin.– Leather can be marked slightly with a fingernail, meaning it's still soft and fresh.– Good stitching — small, tight stitches with no loose ends.– Interchangeable snap buckles. Brand names, in my opinion, are NOT worth paying more for when it comes to belts, because nobody's likely to notice where your belt came from! If you've got a little extra to spend, invest in quality instead. Belt Sizing Guide For MenYour belt size should be 1-2 inches longer than the size of your pants waist. So if you take a 40 in pants, you want a 41-42 inch belt. Alternatively, you can work out the size of your new belt from your old belt. Measure from where you always buckle it to the opposite end of the strap, and get the closest size to that. When buying a plate buckle, remember the throw (distance from chape to hook) adds to the length of your belt. If you love a belt that's the wrong size (or your size has changed since you bought the belt) DO NOT be tempted to gouge a hole in it with your pocket knife or kitchen scissors. It will be obvious, and the belt will end up breaking. Take it to your local cobbler to get a hole made properly. Dress belts should only have a short tail end. You just want a few inches of leather to the left of the buckle when it's fastened, long enough to tuck through the first belt loop or the loop on the belt itself if it has one. Casual belts can have a little bit more of a tail, although TOO long will still look awkward. Military-style canvas belts with brass buckles traditionally get their tails docked right down to the buckle.If all this sizing math seems too complicated, Contact us freely and I will tell you which belt can match any waist.
How To Dress For Your Body Type
Ever see an image of an AMAZING outfit? Then try to replicate it? Chances are, you don't have the same body type as the guy in the photo. Don't worry though. You can still look great! This article is going to teach you how to dress for your body type.Before we get started there are a couple housekeeping rules. Your body type and shape should always take preference over fashion trends.Know your tailor on a first name basis. You should trust them like your best friend. Dress for the body you have NOW…don't put off wardrobe improvements for that 2-year diet plan you've been working on.Learn to emphasize the best aspects of your build and divert attention away from your undesirable features. Let's get into it.
Clothing For Men With Triangular Body Shape:
Tailored patterned blazers: Wear checked blazers and fitted waistcoats with solid trousers. The mix of prints and solid colors will create the illusion of shape and take the focus away from the larger waist.Vertical stripes: This pattern creates a streamlined effect that elongates and slims down the upper body. Horizontal stripes are preferred only if they are visible from the chest upward.Jackets with structured shoulders: Slouchy shoulders on jackets (bomber jackets, for instance) will exaggerate your already sloping shoulder line. Structured shoulders (on a topcoat for instance), square off your frame.Single-breasted suits: Double-breasted jackets add bulk to the waist. Single-breasted jackets allow for a more relaxed and slimming fit. Get your jackets tailored for a structured fit on the top but with extra room around the waist.Brighter color panels: Patterns and detailing across the chest and shoulders help to broaden the narrow upper torso. Wear jumpers and crew neck tees with color panels across the chest but a slimming darker color like gray, navy or black around the mid-section.
Clothing For Men With Inverted Triangular Body Shape:
Your goal should be to show off your toned and fit body.Horizontal stripes: Especially from the chest down, to broaden your comparatively narrow waist.Slim-fit shirts: You can wear shirts to show off your incredibly fit body but remember to size up. You want to hint subtly at your fitness, not scream it by wearing figure-hugging costumes.Slim cotton polo shirt: With a spandex mix will allow stretch across a broad set of shoulders and chest while creating a tailored look around the waist.Regular V-neck T-shirts: The collar shape has a narrowing influence on your chest and draws the eye down and away from the broadest part of your torso. Stay away from plunging V-neck t-shirts.Straight-leg trousers and jeans: Skinny jeans will accentuate your chicken legs. Slim fit pants will do just fine. Wearing patterned pants, camo shorts or checked trousers distracts from your comparatively broad upper body.Trousers with larger seat drop: Athletes have the common problem of finding pants that are roomy around the groin area. Look for a larger drop measurement between the waistband and the crotch seam.
Clothing For Men With Trapezoid Body Shape:
Showcase your athletic body shape in slim and fitted clothes. Take advantage of sports-inspired modern looks. Trousers: Avoid baggy clothes. Find a brand with a close fit or have your trousers tailored. Stylistically, most colors and patterns should work just fine with your build. Cuffs and pleats are up to personal taste.Shirts: Vertical stripes will make you appear a little taller. Checks and plaids add horizontal bulk, so pick which one you need based on your height.Jackets: A blazer or suit jacket tapers your waist, making your stomach seem slimmer and your shoulders seem broader. Wear it buttoned with a single button at the waist for maximum effect.Neckties: Stick to a normal length (the tip should be right around your belt buckle) and a normal width (about 3 to 3 1/2?). Short, skinny, fat, or otherwise oddly-sized ties throw off the balance of your torso.
Clothing For Men With Oval Body Shape:
Keep it simple and dark. Solid colors are always good.Trousers: The trouser waist should always be comfortably loose, never belted so tight that it pinches and wrinkles.Suspenders:Suspenders are your best friend. Wear them whenever you get the opportunity. They hold the trouser front out slightly, letting it fall in a smooth front all the way past the crotch. Whether belted or worn with suspenders, the trousers should always be worn at the natural waist, where they can drape smoothly over the bottom of your stomach instead of squeezing it all upward. Shirts: A good fit is crucial in avoiding either pinching and wrinkles (too small a shirt) or billows that add even more bulk (too loose a shirt). Find a brand that works for you or else have your shirts tailored. A wider collar spread works well for broad men, especially when the neck and face are broad as well.Jackets: Dark, single-breasted, and only slightly tapered are the keys to a good jacket for big men. A sharp taper at the waist is going to be hard to button and will stretch over the stomach. Just a hint of an inward bend right around the buttons is all that’s needed. The jacket gives the torso a frame, essentially putting it between two narrow lines, making it a worthwhile addition to almost any outfit.
Clothing For Men With Rectangular Body Shape:
Use clothing to widen the shoulders and add the effect of a subtle taper from your top down. You’ll need to create an illusion of structure.Creating a nipped-in silhouette across the middle of the body is both key and easy to achieve, Horizontal stripes: Especially across your upper torso (short and long-sleeved Breton tees), as theyll add width to your slight frame.Structured tailoring: Once you’ve found structured blazers and suit jackets that add size to your shoulders, have your tailor take them in slightly at the back to emphasize your waist.Layered looks: A button-down shirt and fine-gauge crew neck jumper is a no-fail pairing that’ll add instant bulk to your frame.Scarves: A neatly tied or draped scarf is an easy way to add a point of difference to your look, as well as flesh out your upper torso.Prints, color pops, and detailing: Pops of brighter colors up top or details like epaulets will expand the dimensions of your otherwise slim frame.
If you’re both average build and average height you could be in danger of blending in with crowds. Try to have a few distinct details in your outfit at all times. Just a colored pocket square in the jacket’s breast pocket goes a long way. A good watch and shoes have a similar effect. A little visual clutter is a good thing, as long as it leaves the basic shape of your body (and especially your torso) intact.
How To Tie A Bow Tie
Want to know how to tie a bow tie?A black bow-tie is a symbol of formality.And it's the most elegant knot suited for a black-tie event.Bowties are simple, functional – and when used properly – can draw positive attention to the wearer.A lot of you guys already wear them. How do I know? Dozens of men just like you have emailed me their stories of how bow ties get patients to open up to doctors, women smile and talk about how their fathers wore them, and in general they create a signature look that ensures you’re remembered.But despite all the positives traits of bowties – many men still have questions.How big should they be? How wide? What style? The best way to tie one? Well we're here to help.
#1. Bow Tie – When & How To Wear It
When paired with a custom tailored dress shirt, the bow tie draws attention and conveys a sense of individuality. Just look at some of history’s greatest figures – Winston Churchill, Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin. Each of these men cut a dashing figure when wearing their bow-ties proudly. Sadly, even on television, the only place we seem to see a bow-tie is on Mad Men’s Harry Crane.
By and large the bow tie has been regulated to formal events where it is often a pre-tied clip on. This preformed tie is quite convenient, however it lacks the personal style and touch that can be added when tying your own bow tie.
A bow tie is part of the required dress code for formal white-tie and black-tie events and it is also the accessory of choice for men in business casual who are looking to spice up their outfit. Your bow tie should be sized to match your collar measurement. Formal events call for a dress shirt with wing collars while spread collars are suitable for semi-formal and business casual dress code. The length of the bow tie matters. For adjustable bow ties, insert the hook into the slot that corresponds with your neck size.
#2. How To Tie A Bow Tie – Step By Step
Follow the infographic and instructions below and improve your sartorial elegance by learning how to tie a bow tie.Drape the bowtie around your neck, seams facing down, with the right end longer than the left.
Place the longer right end of the bowtie over the shorter left end, making an X.Loop the longer end behind the ‘X’ and pull tight – a bowtie knot can’t be tightened around your neck after you tie it. Leave the longer end on your shoulder.Fold the shorter end right and left to create a bow shape.Holding the bow, bring the longer end down across the middle of the bow.Fold the longer end back towards the chest and pinch the fold.Push it through the loop behind the shorter end to create two wings.Tug the bow loops behind the wings to tighten.Adjust the bowtie until the bow is symmetrical.Make final adjustments. Ensure your bowtie lies flat and horizontal.To undo, simply pull the loose ends on either side and unravel the knot. The shape of your finished knot will vary depending on the style of tie. Make this slight variation at Step 4 for these styles of bow ties: Butterfly Shape: The classic style of the butterfly shape should have wide ends and a small knot in the center. Fold a butterfly bow tie at the widest part of the curve. Batwing or Straight End: A batwing or straight end will be only slightly wider at the tips than at the center. Fold over at the point just before the shape begins to taper. Pointed: The two ends are bound to stick out beyond the straight edges of the loop. Fold a pointed-end bow tie at the widest part of the curve as well and pay attention to the two sets of wings which need to align fairly precisely to create the proper effect. Congratulations! You've now mastered the art of how to tie a bow tie. But don't stop there! It's time to broaden your skills. Learn how to tie a tie 18 different ways for beginners. It's easy and we have all the visual and video step by step instructions to guide you along the way!
History Behind Leather Colours by The Hongmioo Leather Company
This will involve re-tanning to ensure correct quality, finish and fat liquor content, levelling and shaving to give uniformity across the entire hide, several hand processes (the special skills of the currier) and the many polishing, dying and sealing processes which result in a superior finish with a depth of colour providing longevity and an ability to absorb future polishes and nourishment. The traditions involved in its making also extend to a lot of the colour names used which either directly reflect the colour, or have their origins from years gone by. The ten colours listed below contain references to where their colour name is derived from and to an everyday product to help you identify it without relying on your computer screen Black, Nero, Schwarz or Noir, black is black and needs little describing other than it is a proper dressy black with a rich lustre from its wax dressing which will readily polish to a high shine. Harness is most commonly seen in black in many arenas from State occasions to the show ring. Nut is also known as Chestnut or Australian Nut is the best all round colour for Bridle leather and although colours vary according to each tannery, ours from Sedgwick is consistently the best and resembles, as its derived name suggests, a dark coloured nut but equally Dark Chocolate is a good every day resemblance. New market Tan owes its origin to the colour of the harness used on the teams of horses pulling the coaches plying their trade to and from New market. This enabled easy recognition for travellers and especially the many illiterate people of that age, to easily recognise the correct coach to catch. Describing this colour is no easy task but is best put as being a coppery reddish tan akin to a fallen beech leaf and is often seen on country style footwear. Green could have several names but to describe it best I would say Bottle Green, British Racing Green sum this colour up well and should you happen to see a vintage Bentley Motor Car in Green you will be both seeing the true colour and fortunate to see one. This bridle leather has been around for a long time due to its popularity with showing the more fancy horse types such as Arabian but also because of its popularity in the fashion and leather goods industries. Dark Havana is another classic bridle leather colour commonly used as an industry standard and its modern name replaces the former strictly non politically correct predecessor. Best compared to Bourneville Dark Chocolate or as dark as brown gets without being black!
Light Havana as with its darker cousin above is another classic colour in bridle leather almost as popular as Nut and similarly deriving its name from the Caribbean. Very much the colour of top of the range tan shoes from the likes of some fashion brands Navy has to be right for wearing as an accessory, to light and it is blue, too dark and it is black. This Navy was a long time in development and works very well in belts giving the right look for the smarter appearance but also perfect for casual attire. Not quite as dark as the uniforms of the Royal Navy but darker than those worn by the Royal Air Force. Red is not often seen in Bridle leather but the exquisite work used for show bridles and saddlery in Arabian horse showing and similar is largely responsible for its existence. A great way of adding statement to your dress sense, especially the girls, and a colour very close to the pillar boxes seen in England for posting letters prior to collection by our maligned Royal Mail service. London Tan is another colour with big traditional provenance and shares its origins with New market Tan due to the history of coaching and the colour of the harness used on the teams of horses pulling the coaches carrying passengers and trade to and from our capital city. Stunning in all the products we use it for, this colour will mark you out as individual and can only be described as individual. Neither biscuit, russet, tan or yellow, it resembles a biscuity, russetty tan with a hint of yellow - possibly? Even Pantone would struggle with this one. Conker has filled a much needed gap in the colour range by being the Tan colour all the others are not and has found its place by matching shoe colours that evade all normal tans. Take a conker from its shell and it will get darker with more exposure to light, this is the colour of a newly exposed conker from a whole shell or put more simply, the colour of perfect toast or Oak. If you want to know more please contact us as soon as possible firstname.lastname@example.org By Tina