Resolved: one gutsy piece in an outfit will always take pressure off the rest of the ensemble.
It applies to shirts, pants, boots. It applies subtly, yet with just as much success, to accessories.
Consider the belt: Belts have a job to do; of everything in our closet, they put in the longest and most frequent hours. It’s easy, amidst the routine, to forget that a belt can go beyond dinner-party black or bifold brown. When paired with a crisp white shirt and slacks, your green suede, nautical-inspired, or tiger-roaring strap will not only carry your pants — it’ll capably carry your whole damn look.
Below, 10 of our favorites.
Arcade Belt Co. The Hemingway | $28
Casual yet tough; best deployed for biking commuters, frequent fliers.
Mango Mixed Leather Braided Belt | $40
A thoughtful upgrade that's appropriate for most work ensembles, and at a reasonable price point to boot.
Amado Earth Belt | $56
Tanned Guatemalan leather, paired with sharp, graphic woven designs. A handsome warmer-weather belt.
Anderson's Woven Elastic Belt | $70
Inspired by nylon rope, maybe, or these classic bungees?
Cause And Effect Textured Paint 1 Inch Belt | $130
Book this guy for a decade of art gallery openings.
La Matera Diplomatico Belt | $145
La Matera is a high-quality Argentinian adventure site with weekenders and watches that'll send you into a "that's a need, not a want" black hole. We suggest you start with one of their belts.
Paul Smith Black Stripe-Trimmed Belt | $132
For those just looking for a splash.
Kingsman + Jean Shop Statesman Western Belt | $198
The official belt worn by Statesman, the bourbon-slugging American counterpart to Eggsy and Co in Kingsman 2.
Anderson's Green Woven Suede Belt | $132
Green is criminally underused in the average gent's closet. This suede is a nice compromise for those who want to elevate their look without leaving the comfort zone completely in the dust.
Gucci Tiger Buckle Belt | $550
Now get out there and get that promotion!
Berluti Brown Leather Belt | $594
Decked in Italian cursive, this one should be purchased even if only for a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio.