Belt Materials Explained
Belts are a whole lot of fun to play around with
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.
Cow And Calf
Cowhide 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"
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.
Ostrich, 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
Lizard, and especially crocodile and alligator belts, are even more upscale and have a subtler pattern and texture.
#2. Other Materials
Leather-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
Vinyl is cheap, often colorful, bold and alternative. Vinyl belts are a young man
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