Handmade Italian Belt

The perfect match

The formal Italian belt

The formal Italian belt – the belt you wear with your suit – should be completely subordinated to your suit, the belt must support your suit in a very discreet manner, and it should never steal the show. A formal belt has a width of 2.5 to 3.5 centimeters, and is made of the finest leather.

When you wear a suit it is all about the big picture. For this reason a striking belt too often is an unwelcome distraction. Rule of thumb is that a formal belt comes in the exact same color as your shoes, and comes with a very subtle buckle. When your shoes that are striking, it may be a good choice to slightly tone down the color of your belt, and to match it a bit more to your suit, shirt or even the buttons of your suit. You can also go a shade darker or possibly a touch lighter.

Upon ordering your shoes and belt will be created out of the same piece of leather, and will be finished next to each other. This ensures a perfect match between your shoes and your belt.

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General guidelines

Stylistically speaking, the belt is meant to divide the vertical surface of your body into two. Sitting in the middle of your body, the belt can have a visually shortening or lengthening effect. The more the color of your belt matches your outfit, the longer and slimmer how you appear to look.

If you are a bit taller it can a good idea to slightly break the vertical line of your body with a belt in a complementary or even contrasting color. These are some important guidelines to take into account when buying your shoes and belt.

One last tip for more versatile wardrobe is to choose buckle with the metal finish you generally preference (gold or silver). Make sure that your choice is consistent with your watches and other jewelry.

Length is important

Do you know what your length? You measure the length of your belt by using a tape measure to check your waist circumference at the position where the band of your pants is normally sits. The length of your belt is often measured in inches or centimeters. This number corresponds with the length of the circumference of the belt – officially measured from the beginning of the tape to the middle hole – and this is also where the belt has to be fastened. Most of the belts have 5 holes. The third and middle hole provides enough clearance for a pants that sit slightly higher or lower on your hips, this also provides some wiggle room for the natural variation of the waistline we all go through.

To easily find out your size, simply take one size larger than the waist size of your pants. For example, if your waist size 34 has been your belt size 36. Please note that your belt can always be shortened, but it can never be made longer again. Some brands choose to create their own measurement system, this is usually equal to their clothing size (S, M, L, XL), and is often equal to a waist-measure.

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Single point measure.

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Dual point measure.

Casual handmade Italian belt

The Casual Belt

Unlike the formal belt, you can experiment a bit more with a casual belt. The casual belt does not have to match your shoes. You can also choose to match your pants, shirt, jacket, or to complement scarf.

The with of a casual belt depends entirely on your personal preference, but there are some general guidelines you can follow. A thin strap (width varying from 1.5 to 2.2 cm) is mostly suitable for skinny jeans, while broader styles can be worn with casual pants, chinos, jeans, cargo pants or shorts. With a strap wider than 4 centimeters you should ask yourself if it fits the loops of your pants. And, is this is really a good idea in general…?”

The buckle of a casual belt can be more special, quirky or striking. And last tip: If your jeans have a leather or fabric label on the back, the belt should preferably go over this label. This gives a smoother image.

The belt as a style accessory

The dictionary defines a belt as follows: “tool that serves to hold a piece of clothing in place, or a fashion accessory.”

So in the first place your belt is meant to keep your pants in place? Under a tailored suit however, your belt should always be an accessory, and no requirement to keep your pants up. A matching belt adds a personal touch to your outfit, formal or casual. A matching belt makes a clear distinction between the upper and the lower half of your outfit, but also the link between the two.

To get the most out of this style classic, you need to make an informed choice. The belt should be a mirror of your personality, and your outfit is entirely complement. With this in mind, we bring you perfectly matching handmade Italian belts.

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