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A green belt?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by radicaldog, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    I've been looking at Equus' website and rather fancy their West End belt in racing green. Of course I don't own any green shoes tough. So I suppose my question is this: can one wear a green bridle leather belt in the same way that one wears a ribbon belt, ie as a freestanding bit of colour rather than as something that shouldn't be too distant from the colour of one's shoes?

    I'm not looking for "wear it if you like it" answers, but for arguments of sorts. My argument would be that since green isn't really a traditional colour for shoes then a green belt is obviously not intended as a matchable item. Unless we hold that leather belts should always match, in which case no green belt for me. Opinions?
     
  2. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've been thinking about this myself actually. To me, green is the unorthodox leather color easiest to wear. You'd think blue would be, but I don't think it's even close. Blue leather is actually quite difficult to pair. It's too unorthodox for CBD, yet too slick and city for more country outfits.

    I would not wear a green belt as part of serious business attire, but can see it being worn easily with a tweed jacket and the OneShoe.
     
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  3. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    I was thinking along very similar lines. Also: dark jeans, sweater, and clunky black derbies, perhaps. And let me reassure you that I never contemplated blue!
     
  4. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sounds good. I'm just sad you may beat me to it!
     
  5. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    I probably will, just because I'm in the UK! I'm going with the West End Roller Buckle in satin finish.
     
  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Damn you. I'll just have to find a way to inject some special Foo sauce into mine.
     
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  8. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nice crotch? I'm not sure what we're supposed to be looking at. I'm looking at your crotch.
     
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  9. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    I think it would work, though I think I'd personally rather have a green surcingle belt. That Equus belt would be really cool with, like, cigar shell or brown suede -- those kind of muddy forest colors.

    What do all y'all think of a green leather watchband (something dark like the Equus belt) on a stainless steel watch with white face? I'm tired of the bracelet on my Seiko, but I want one band to wear with everything.
     
  10. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Dark green pebble-grain leather for a watch strap. Preferably attached to a vintage steel Datejust.
     
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  11. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    Thanks. That's about the platonic ideal of what I was considering. Embarrassingly, my Seiko wishes a little too fervently it was a DJ -- I didn't realize that when I bought it. [​IMG]
     
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  12. SpooPoker

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  13. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    Which shoes, Spoo?
     
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    Forgot one.


    None of the shoes were green, I think browns and chestnuts...
     
  15. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    I have the belt from Equus and I wear it with my green Bontonis as well as with any other shoe that goes well with browns/taupes. I think it really is a nice contrast. If you look at the pics spoo posted above both with lighter browns.

    I actually wore my green one today.
     
  16. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have been speaking with a retailer who makes MTO croc belts and am considering a deep green. I agree, that aside from brown or tan it is the one expressive color to wear year round and is fairly flexible. I'm considering a buckle made from double "O" rings.

    Alan Flusser used to have quite a display of croc double "O" ring belts in his custom shop 7+ years ago. He did made MTO in blue, orange, green, red, cognac and brown croc. I have to say the orange was fun but aside from a sunny resort setting I doubt I would get much use out of it. I kept thinking about these and then settled on green before he closed his shop a while back. I think I will move ahead with it now. But, the retailer isn't Hermes. I'm a small timer.
     
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    i have two lined and raised
    one in the racing green
    the other in a green-black saddle
    that i provided to charlie
    (i believe he posted pix)

    they are great
    and very versatile
    from jeans to chinos
    and play well most leather
     
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  18. james_timothy

    james_timothy Senior member

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    I have to say- that belt you had made up by Equus is wonderful- as are all of the British Racing Green belts I've seen made up by Equus. Here is Equus' Lined and Raised in British Racing Green. [​IMG] A prototype lighter weight Equus Lined and Raised in British Racing Green. [​IMG] Here is your green-black leather, in a Equus' Lined and Raised: [​IMG] Very, very nice looking belts.
     
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    So the rule that belt colours should match shoe colours are more honoured in the breach than in the observance?

    I don't have green shoes myself, and have been thinking about how to match this so the colours are not too discordant -- maybe with watch strap like on my watch below, or bag.

    I had to get this suede Edward Green belt because I had credit and there was nothing in that amount I could use it for without having to top up significantly.

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  20. Calder

    Calder Senior member

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    That's not really the rule. If you are wearing Black shoes you should wear a matching belt, but otherwise things are a bit more flexible.

    You can wear a black belt with almost any colour of shoes, and you can wear brown shoes with almost any colour of belt (providing they are harmonious with the rest of your outfit, obviously).
     

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