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The Ultimate Guide To Belts

Here Is Everything You Need To Know About Belts

The most classic yet underrated accessory in your wardrobe is a belt. You would think belts are supposed to be simple and easy to choose. However, it is quite the opposite. A fashion-savvy person should know the difference a belt can make to your entire look. Sure, its purpose is to keep your trousers in place but a wrong choice can just throw off the rest of the outfit.

Belts are an integral part of the outfit, especially for men. And there are a few cardinal rules that should never be broken. Also, quality is extremely important when buying a belt. Unlike a shirt, a belt can be worn again and again with different pants. 

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 A high-quality belt is obviously going to be pricey. However, coupons can help you build a nice collection of belts without breaking the bank.

Without further ado, let’s delve into everything there is to know about belts:

Parts of a Belt

There are just two basic parts of a belt: the buckle and the strap. There may be an end tip as well which is made of metal and featured on belts made of fabric. It prevents fraying and makes it easy to pass the strap through the loops. 

Types of Buckles

There are a few types of buckles that every man should know about:

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Frame Buckle

This is the most commonly used buckle. The strap goes through a frame and has a prong at the end. This prong goes into a hole on the other end of the strap in order to fasten it.

Box-frame Buckle

This buckle consists of a box and there are no holes on the strap. The post presses the strap inside the belt and keeps it in place.

Plate Buckle

Plate buckles are more decorative and can be detached. They pair with snap belts that do not have a buckle.

O-ring and D-ring

O-ring and D-ring buckles have O-shaped and D-shaped metal rings. It can be a single or double. The strap is fastened by threading through the ring(s).

Snap Buckle

Snap buckle belts are easy to strap in and out. They are more about functionality and are commonly used by hiking men and women.

Strap Materials & Width

Straps can be distinguished by their material and width. Here are the materials used in belt straps:

Leather

The leather is the most commonly used material for belt straps. However, there are a few different kinds of leather.

Full grain leather: Full-grain cowhide leather is the sturdiest and most high-quality material used in belts. It is common in formal belts.

Braided leather: These straps are by braided leather strips that offer style and adjustability. They do not have holes as you can put the prong between the braids anywhere you deem the best fit.

Suede: Suede is also used in belts but it not that common. Also, it gives a more casual look.

Tooled-leather: Patterned or stamped leather is termed as tooled-leather. These straps are then stained as well.

Exotic leathers: High-end fashion houses also produce belt straps made from snake and crocodile skin. They have the signature textures of these animals’ skin. 

Canvas

Canvas is a different material than leather which is more functional. It is usually used in military uniforms.

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Webbing

Webbing comes in different colors which is why it is commonly used for casual belt straps. It is usually paired with D-ring buckles.

Synthetic Leather

Since leather is expensive and also controversial in many places, belt straps also come in synthetic leather. These use polyurethane on a fabric inner layer. There are quality variations even in the faux leather straps with high-quality ones looking more like genuine leather.

Strap Width

There are three strap widths you will find: 1.25 inch, 1.5 inches, and 1.75 inches. The 1.5 inch is the most common and versatile width. The 1.25 width is found on formal belts and is suitable for men with shorter height. The widest one is chunky so comes more on the casual side with statement buckles.

Types of Belts

Belts can be roughly categorized into two types: formal and casual. There are a few key differences between the two. It is very important that you know which one is formal and which is casual. That is one of the most common mistakes men make with belts

1. Formal Belts

Within formal belts, you would not find much difference. To put it simply, there is not much variety in these belts. They look more conservative and simple. Formal belts usually have a frame style buckle with the strap passing the buckle and the prong going through one of the holes on the strap. The buckle is not chunky or detailed, rather slim and shiny.

Dress belt straps are usually made of leather. Now straps made of synthetic leather are also becoming popular. The strap should be thinner usually one or one and a half inch in width. The strap color is usually black or a shade of brown.

2. Casual Belts

Casual belts come in a variety of sizes, materials, and styles. There is a lot of room to play with and fewer rules to comply with. These belts can be used more like an accessory that uplifts the overall look. These belts feature frame, plate, box-frame, O-ring, and D-ring buckles.

There are many different types of straps that can work as a casual belt. Nevertheless, leather is still the most commonly used material even in casual belt straps. These straps include full-grain leather, braided leather, suede, canvas, and tooled/stamped leather straps.

Belt Sizes

The belt size is dependent on your waist size. Choosing the right size is important otherwise it will look bad and inappropriate. The belt length should be at least two inches bigger than your waist size. Belts are versatile in terms of size as there are a number of holes. When buying a plate buckle belt, remember that the length adds to your belt size. The tail end should not be too big in dress belts. You can always consult belt sizing charts online to find the perfect size.

How To Pick The Right Belt

Picking a high-quality belt that goes impeccably with what you are wearing is not so difficult when you know a few handy rules. Here are some rules about picking the right belt:

1. When wearing formal, match the color of your belt with the color of your shoes.

2. The buckle color should match the other metals in your outfits, e.g. the cufflinks.

3. Choose skinny strap for a more formal look.

4. With casual shoes, choose a matching belt or the one that complements the look.

5. A brown belt can be worn with any color suit except for black.

6. Do not wear a belt that twice bigger than your waste.

7. The bigger the buckle, the more casual it looks.

You should at least have two formal belts and a casual belt in your closet. The formal belts should be a black and a brown to go with your formal pair of shoes in the same colors. The casual belt can be worn with jeans, chinos and casual trousers. Invest in good-quality leather belts that will last long. Buy during sale seasons or use discount codes to buy them for cheaper. 


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It's really hot outside right now - and sometimes the question is, what are we going to do now to offer the kids something despite the heat? We have some tips for you, maybe you can use them with your little ones.


Water fun in the pool


We have a pool in the garden, but it is not very big, about 3 meters in diameter, in our eyes absolutely sufficient for a fun or quiet cooling. Surely you can not swim in it, but in order to "dive" for an object, or "water dances" or just to relax, it is definitely enough.


One should not forget that also in the water to the sun protection must be thought. That means, as in the outdoor swimming pool: do not forget to apply creams. In the best case, the pool is in the shade or is protected by a larger parasol. Ours is in the sun - we hold the children in strong heat and sun to regular water breaks, so that they can then stay in the shade. Sometimes they do not see it directly, but with some persuasion and an ice cream or drinking break, it works.


Water fun without pool


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Not everyone is in possession of a pool, has no garden or simply lacks the money for the purchase. Alternatively - as with us earlier - a small pool of water or an old bathtub can be set up and filled or even just a bucket of water, where it quickly sets the fun, namely, if you use small syringes and injected each other wet.

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Or fills bombs and plays catching, at some point they are sure to break and depending on how cold the water is, in some the screaming is certainly great.


Do you have gradients on the property? Then try a waterslide. A tarpaulin is laid out, at best a slightly longer one, filling a bucket of water and sliding down with or without a butt-end slide. Or build a shower or a sprinkler, where you can also refresh yourself wonderfully. However, this is more likely if you can take the water from a well or rainwater collection tank. Tap water is too expensive.


To eat and drink


You should always encourage the children to drink. Of course, they only do it when they are thirsty, and then it is already too late. There is then already a lack of fluid in the body. For example, 10-year-olds should drink around 1.2 liters a day. In case of heat, sports or illness this need increases. Outdoors, the glasses or cups should always be capped, as there is a risk that bees or wasps will fly in. The safest are lockable plastic water bottles.


Our favorite drinks are:


  • water diluted with water
  • Springs of any kind
  • sometimes cold tea (fruit tea, slightly sweetened)
  • water


To eat at noon in such a heat often nothing hot, but rather fruit, pudding and cold dishes, cereals with fruit, yogurt, milk and other things, which falls into our hands.


What you can do with children when it's really hot


Summer is finally here, and that's right! In the meantime, if it's too hot outside for you, we have collected a lot of ideas for "cool" activities with big and small children - whether at home or on vacation.


If the outside temperature is more than 30 degrees Celsius and the sun is burning, you should do the same to the inhabitants of southern countries: stay inside during the day. Unfortunately, it is rarely as pleasantly cool in Central European apartments as in a Moroccan riad or Spanish patio.

Our hot-tip game tip: Turn on the fan and spray each other with a water atomizer - the wind adds a great deal of "glorious cool" factor and the spray is so fine that the floor does not get really wet (and slippery).


Funny for smaller children are also soap bubbles, tissue paper snippets or light cloths that can fly in the vortex of the fan; the elderly may try to keep folded aircraft in the air with the help of the fan.

 

Summer Idea Number one: bathing, splashing and swimming


On the beach and the sea you have to do without - or at least wait until it finally goes on vacation? Well, it would be too hot for your little ones anyway.

Even on the smallest balcony fits a wash basin for prattling. With watering can, pots and scooping tools, little children are busy for hours. And if it is too hot even there, just sit in the bathtub with your child.

 

Tip for shower-only users: An inflatable paddling pool can be squeezed into the lowest bath.

 

Do you have a yard or garden, where the temperatures are reasonably bearable, then you can declare this area to the water playground (a meadow in the park is of course also). A garden hose with spray attachment, a few water guns from the toy store (which should be sold out, Amazon often provides the very next day) and self-filled depth charges are the basic equipment for a day full of "Aqua Fun".

Your imagination knows no bounds: homemade glitter-glibber , bodypainting with finger paints or ice cube massage - you'll probably find more "cool stuff".

 

On the way in the city it gets really unbearable on hot days - the children sweat and nölen, playgrounds lie in the sun and on the slide one burns up the A ... In many cities public fountains offer a splendid refreshment.

 

Experience report thoroughly before you let your offspring climb into these facilities:


How is the soil under water - overgrown with slippery algae, sharp-edged or with tripping hazards?

What is the water quality? (if it is not drinking water, infants should not bathe here)

How strong are the fountains, is there a risk of injury or are the facilities even endangered by playing children? (You have the duty of supervision! If your children break something while you are supervising them, the liability insurance does not cover the damage.)

Are there signs or prohibitions for the use of the fountain? Where many tourists are traveling, bathing children are often not so welcome.

Is the fountain in the shade? When playing in the sun, while they are pleasantly wet, children do not notice the heat and get a quick sunburn or sunstroke.


 

For reasons you should not let your kids play naked in such actions; instead of a bathing suit or bikini, T-shirts and shorts get better, which you then exchange for dry ones. After all, you use the fountain quite by accident and not specifically as an outdoor pool, right?

 

By the way, much cooler than bathing lakes are brooks - if you come to one (in the city area many small watercourses are unfortunately completely embedded in concrete or laid underground), then enjoy the ice-cold foot bath.


 

If you really want to take a good bath, the early morning hours or the time just before the closing time are ideal for a visit to the outdoor pool. If you jump into the pool first, you will enjoy cool temperatures, more space and shade on the sunbathing lawn; the soil is not yet so heated and the ozone pollution of the air is still low.


After work or a kindergarten visit you are best left with a visit to the outdoor pool, even if you really want to swim. At 6 pm, most of the outdoor guests are slowly packing up, the area is empty and you can enjoy the water until the end.

Tip: pack a light picnic and have dinner in the bathroom. Then you can put your clean, well-fed and well-made children directly to bed at home.

 


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