Sick of BELTS

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  1. poppapo

    poppapo Member

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    Hi guys,

    I have this problem that I think must be pretty common. I have a pretty common body type - long body, shorter legs, 33x32 pant size, 5'11", 180 lbs. I have slight "love handles" but no gut really. I wear jeans to work most days, or casual khakis, as that is the style at work (here in the midwest.) Anyway, I tuck my shirt in and wear a belt every day. Problem is, I just can't get my jeans/pants to stay up! I try to wear my jeans at a reasonable level, and I buy them either in a regular or relaxed fit. But, unless my belt is tightly cinched, they just won't stay up. I wear a 33 waist which sits nice and snug (usually), but unless I have my belt one notch past comfortable, they slide down with each step. I don't know if it's a walking problem, or my body shape, or what.

    Anyway, are there a lot of you guys out there that tend to have to wear your belts pretty tight? I know many people will say "switch to suspenders", but that is a big NO, because it just wouldn't fit me or my work environment. Also, others say to pull my pants up higher, but I HATE that look, especially with jeans! I've even tried the lower-waisted jeans, which was even worse. In fact, my belt bugs me so much that sometimes, when I'm sitting down, I unbuckle it for comfort. I have tried every width and type of belt, to no avaiil.

    So my question is, are belts SUPPOSED to be worn tightly? Or am I just ultra-sensitive to the cinch?
     


  2. whoopee

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    They're supposed to be snug. Unless the waistbands are worn at the smallest points, ie the waist, they will tend to fall unless cinched. Which is why some of us do not like them. Maybe you're buying your trousers and jeans too loose.
     


  3. poppapo

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    No, I do buy jeans that fit at the waist. I buy 32s and they are nice and snug, or I get 33s which are just a bit looser. The belt still has to be tight regardless.
     


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    Denim stretches. It may be your body type, too.
     


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    Even though im a 32x34 i have the same issue. Especially since jeans sit below the waist, plus they stretch out through the day. Unfortunately Ive found the only solution besides belts is to find the right fit for you.
     


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    I think it's just a function of your body shape. If you have no rear end to hang pants on, they are going to fall down. Posture sometimes seems to have some impact as well. Maybe it's time to start doing squats?

    For the record, I don't need to have my belt tight at all for my pants to stay up. For whatever reason, (properly fitted/tailored) pants hang and don't need to be cranked down. I guess I'm lucky, though, as I know lots of people aren't shaped that way.
     


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    Have your tailor sew in non slip waist bands on your trousers. These are a the best alternative to braces.

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    Gary

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    I handled this issue with belts I can cut to fit my waist. There are makers out there like Ferragamo that supply such belts. That doesn't sound like a perfect solution, but for what it's worth.
     


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    Either rubber stiched internal waistband or recumbant bike to increase your gluteous maximus.
     


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    I think I'm just sensitive right now to the tightness of anything around my waist. It just seems that I have to cinch my belt tighter than usual, and by the time I've been dressed for an hour or two, I'm ready to loosen the damn belt. And I've been LOSING weight, so it doesn't make sense. I'll have to look into some options, like sewing button-holes into my shirts and buttons into my pants........
     


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    The secret is to have your pants fit well at the small of the back. That means the waist has to rise to the mid point of your love handles, at least. A well cut pair of pants will dip slightly towards the front to accomodate your gut. You should also buy a contour belt.
     


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    I handled this issue with belts I can cut to fit my waist. There are makers out there like Ferragamo that supply such belts. That doesn't sound like a perfect solution, but for what it's worth.

    This seems like a good solution. That or find a belt that fits. I usually alternate between 2 or 3 black belts, which fit just a tad differently due to hole locations. One fits better on "fat" days, and another fits better when I'm a little dehydrated.
     


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    This seems like a good solution. That or find a belt that fits. I usually alternate between 2 or 3 black belts, which fit just a tad differently due to hole locations. One fits better on "fat" days, and another fits better when I'm a little dehydrated.
    Actually, if you buy belts that are just really long, a good shoe repair place can cut them to exact length for you and resew the buckle on for a few bucks, I've heard $10-15. The extra upside is that size 40+ belts often seem to get cleared out cheap. Loehmanns always seems to have some good Zegna belts in the biggest sizes for ~$25.
     


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    Where else?
    Where else what, other places for belts? Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, probably Filenes and C21, etc. The bigger ones don't get bought at retail and end up staying around those places for a long time, and get a lot of markdowns.
     


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