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Selecting a Belt
Choose a belt with a little extra length
Whether you’re wearing a dress or casual belt, there should only be a bit of material left over after it’s fastened, around 2 in (5.1 cm) to 4 in (10 cm). You should be able to tuck the end of your belt into the first belt loop on your pants, or the loop on the belt itself.
You can try on belts in the store to make sure you get the right length.
You can also choose a belt based on your pant size. If you wear pants with a 34 in (86 cm) waist, choose a belt that’s labeled 36 in (91 cm) to 38 in (97 cm).
Choose leather belts for formal occasions
You don’t have to get real leather, of course. But your dress belt should look like leather. It looks more formal and will also match your shoes.
Choose cloth belts for everyday wear
A casual, everyday belt can be made of pretty much any material you like. Cloth belts are usually your best bet, just because they’ll match a lot of things (as opposed to something like a snakeskin belt).
If you want, you can also choose 1 or 2 belts with a funky, fun pattern for casual occasions.