Any rules or advice on buy belts. I'm starting from scratch. Generally what's the rule of thumb for belt size to pant size. What type of belts should a man have. I'm speaking mainly of dress belts. I work in an office (business).
A typical dress belt is 1.25" wide, and typically, your belt size is 2" greater than your pant size, so, if you wear a size 32 pair of pants, you will probably wear a size 34" belt. Of course, sizing can vary between brands, both for pants and for belts.
I personally think that you can never have enough belts (I have over 60), but realistically, you "need" three or four. A black calfskin dress belt (lined), a brown calfskin dress belt, a suede belt for more casual outfits, and a more rugged style (probably brown) to wear with jeans, moleskin pants, etc...
how much do you want to be spending?
http://www.equusleather.com is rated by many on this forum and give a 10% discount to StyleForum users (and as presumably you are in the USA you can deduct the sales tax (VAT) from the price by dividing by 1.2 in addition to the 10% discount)
You should check out the Infinita Belt. It hasn't hit the market yet, but the company is launching a kickstarter campaign in April of this year. The belt has no holes or ratchets, but rather a locking mechanism that allows the user to lock the belt at any position along the leather. Here is the facebook link if you want to check out some of the products and pics!