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Struggling to find a quality belt that's not $100...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by atila, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. atila

    atila Senior Member

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    I didn't think I would have this much of a hard time to find a standard belt that I love that doesn't cost a lot. Epaulet's casual Horween Chromexcel belts fit exactly what I'm looking for but I just don't think it's worth $95... especially since I want a regular brown, dark brown, and black one.

    The last belt I've been using looks exactly the same, is reversible black/brown and it's by CK and cost me like $16 when I was still in college... I've purchased beautiful shoes, suits, and watches, and have always worn this basic belt... 10 years later.

    Do I really have to spend $100 to get the same basic belt I got from CK that was $16? I tried searching Amazon and everything has something wrong or some issue or some large obnoxious logo. My CK one looks basically like the Epaulet one in the link below, but the silver plating on the buckle is wearing off now...

    http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/accessories/products/casual-belt-black-horween-chromexcel

    I just want like epaulet one pictured in the link, any suggestion? Reversible is fine too, and preferred if the quality is fine.
     


  2. Trqmaster

    Trqmaster Senior Member

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    For cheaps, the only places would be marshals and TJmax type places. If you want to go for better quality leather/buckle, then maybe check out nordstrom rack, off fifth, last call.
     


  3. Alex Hayes

    Alex Hayes Well-Known Member

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    Trafalgar offers some nice belts that are slightly under the $100 mark that are full leather with a brass buckle. Their Cortina belts are about $70 I think. Brooks Brothers also may have some nice ones in their clearance section for a reasonable price.
     


  4. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    the epaulet belt is not a dress belt.
    Not sure if you are looking for a belt for suits or just casual
     


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    facet Senior Member

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    Narragansett has similar belt styles for a pretty decent price too, and it's good quality leather.
     


  7. atila

    atila Senior Member

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    Yeah, it's not a very dress belt... but that look works very well for me. It's not super casual and works very easily with suits. I've been rocking my belt that looks very similar to that forever and it looks excellent with pretty much anything. My suits are very tailored so it doesn't look sloppy or casual or anything...
     


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    atila Senior Member

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    This trafalgar site is pretty much nailing it too... and it's $68 vs $95 at Epaulet, which is nice.

    Final issue - I need a size 30/31 belt... I've always been a 30 waist but I've been losing a little body fat with meal preps so I've gotten more muscle but my waist is like a 28/29... Does anyone make a 30 belt? I guess a 32 will have to do if not...

    Thanks for the recommendations, guys.
     


  10. Count de Monet

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    Those are very good. Two warnings:

    * they aren't really super dressy, though they work out fine for me with coat and tie, and
    * the "burgundy" is very close to red.

    However, the leather quality is outstanding. My brown one gets heavy use but keeps on keeping on, no worse for wear.

    Dude is very close to retirement if he hasn't already but his belts are excellent.
     


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    Cheap and quality are NOT bedfellows.
     


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