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Which belt? 32 or 34? 2nd or 4th hole?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by newblue, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. newblue

    newblue New Member

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    If I were king of the world, my first decree would be to have a size 33 belt. Then... maybe something about world peace and blah blah blah.

    But until that day... which should I go with? 32 belts where I use the 2nd hole? Or 34 belts where I use the 4th hole?
     
  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    32 belts where you use the 2nd hole is better
     
  3. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    I reckon this depends how wide you are, because that determines the distance between your buckle and the side of your body (which is where the tail of the belt goes).

    Given that you are a relatively skinny 33 belt size, I'd say a 32 will be better. If you were larger, the size up might be better, as it wouldn't reach as far towards your side belt loop.

    ...Am I making ANY sense here?
     
  4. newblue

    newblue New Member

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    Is there a rule (of thumb or otherwise) that says that the end of the belt should not go back into the belt loop (or, in other words: "a belt loop shall contain only 1 piece belt, never 2?"
     
  5. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    3rd hole. Just adjust the size.
     
  6. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    2nd hole - the belt will stretch.

    (Unless of of course your waistline expands as well.) :D
     
  7. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Without question, the hole should be the third. There are 5 holes in a mens belt, and it should remain completely uniform with 2 blank holes on either side. Anything else looks silly.

    /thread
     
  8. alliswell

    alliswell Senior member

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    Get the 34, have it altered for $10 at any cobbler. Better yet, buy a belt that you can alter yourself (e.g., EG)
     
  9. effers

    effers Well-Known Member

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    Similar predicament for me as well; I am a 29 waist so an ideal belt size would be 31. 30's are extremely tough to find and 32s fit fine except I typically go to the second last hole (4th).
     
  10. billsayers

    billsayers Senior member

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    I always use the fourth hole of a belt because I never liked having short belt tails. However, Spoo bring up a good point about always using the middle hole for symmetry.

    For reference, I am a 29/30 waist and buy belts in size 32.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011
  11. Stewie

    Stewie Senior member

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    Damn you Spoo! I have missed this in my OCD tendencies, but now that I am aware I will never be the same! Aargh!
     
  12. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    All my belts are 32 which is unfortunate because I've gained weight so I can only use the second hole and even that is a tight fit. I think it looks silly with too little slack past the buckle. Kind of makes me sad.
     
  13. Achillus

    Achillus Senior member

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    You should get the 32.
     
  14. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I wont even to remind you to line up your shirt placket with your fly. :)
     
  15. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    This
     
  16. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Given the choice you ask about the 34" belt will look better in my opinion. However you're much better to buy a belt that fits, there are several places around that will make/sell 33" belts. 5 holes belts always look horrid if not on the centre hole as other have said and IMHO. Charlie
     

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