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A belt question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Stu, Jul 8, 2002.

  1. Stu

    Stu Well-Known Member

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    I have a hell of a time buying belts. The problem is that 38s are a notch too big and 36s are a notch too small.

    Should I buy 36s and use it as a motivator to cut my gut or buy 38s and be comfortable?
     
  2. thc

    thc Well-Known Member

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    There are belts where you can take off the buckle and cut it to the appropriate length. I have two--one from Bally and the other from Tanino Crisci.
     
  3. Michael

    Michael Well-Known Member

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    Buy the 36s, and a really nice expensive one at that. I treated myself to a new pants/jeans wardrobe, but I bought them all in 34's. I -barely- fit in 36's at the time, so I knew I had a big task ahead of me. Six months later, I'm trying to find belts for even my jeans (when I wear my shirts untucked) because they're a little big.
     
  4. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I'm missing something, but all my belts have more than one (usually five) holes, each one inch apart from the next one. As the belt size is measured to the middle hole, size 36 will fit 34"-38" waist.
     
  5. pstoller

    pstoller Well-Known Member

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    True, but I find that a belt doesn't necessarily look right even if it "fits" in the absolute sense that you can close it. For instance, if I can just close the belt by getting into that last hole, the belt may hold my pants in place, but I wouldn't consider that a belt that fits.

    Some of the more modern belt designs have no holes at all. For example, I have a Gucci belt that closes with a clasp, and is adjusted with a sliding mechanism reminiscent of the ones used to adjust the length on braces. Prada And D&G have similar models. I also have a Prada belt that simply loops through a metal ring and closes with velcro.

    The advantages of these models are that you have far greater control over the precise fit of the closed belt, and the size never looks "wrong" because there's either too long or too short a tail sticking out past the buckle. They may not look right with more conservative attire, but they're extremely practical accessories.
     
  6. Stu

    Stu Well-Known Member

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    Bengal-Stripe: I find belts best fit when they are in the third hole. The second or fourth holes don't do it for me. As such the 38s I have to close on the 4th hole and the 36s on the 2nd hole.
     
  7. scnupe7

    scnupe7 Well-Known Member

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    I have had the same problem. I take my belts to a shoe shop and have them cut. Have the shoe shop remove the buckle and stitching and cut from that end of the belt.

    Lets say your belt presently fits in the fourth hole. Belts are supposed to be worn in the third or middle hole.You would measure the distance from the third to the fourth hole and that distance is what needs to be cut.
     

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