What Size Belts to buy and How to Measure a Belt?
Getting the correct size belt can be tricky. If you wear tight belt, it might cause pain to your waist. If you wear loose belt, it might look very unprofessional and sloppy. So, you should wear your belt that fits you well. There is no one- size- fits all belt size formula. Belt fits differently depending on user sizes and gear combinations.
However, a belt is the easiest accessories to measure when compared to other accessories and clothing. For example, when you measure your pant or shirt, you need to lay flat and ease out all wrinkles. Measuring a belt is very straight forward it is only Length and Width measurement.
It is crucial to understand your waist measurements to select a perfect size belt.
Here are the two methods to measure belt size.
Method 1: One Size Measure Up:
If you are thinking your belt size is the same as your pant size, the straight answer is no! As, the belt goes around the top of your pants, with tucked-in shirts and your underwear. So, your belt size will be 1 to 2” larger than your pant or waist size.
For example, if your waist or pant measure 35”, you will currently purchase 36”. If you measure 36”, then bump to 38” belt. Always follow the 1”-2” rule.
Also, belts don’t come in odd sizes like 33, 35, 37, so bump up to your next size.
Method 2: Measure a belt you already have:
Before you measure your belt, make sure to lay your belt on a flat surface so it makes it easy to record your measurement.
Measure from where the buckle meets the leather to the center of the hole and size up to the nearest size. (see below sketch)
Never measure your belt from end to end, because you will not get an accurate size for it!
Belt Buckle End to Middle of Belt hole: Measure from where the buckle meets the leather and pull across to the middle of the belt hole.
How should your belt look when you fastened?
Once it is fastened, the belt should always have a few inches of leather sticking out. Just enough to tuck it under the first belt loop of your pant.
Having a long tail end of your belt will have unaesthetic look.
Regardless of your interested belt style, it is important to wear the size that fits you more comfortably.