The best belts for men are often the unsung heroes of your outfit. You might not spend a lot of time thinking about belts but when the occasion calls for it, the right belt is essential for holding up your look—quite literally. Our advice: Don’t wait until you’re getting dressed for a big event to realize you need a new belt. Here, we rounded up suggestions—from the best dress belts for men to pair with workwear, jeans and more—along with pointers for avoiding any belt style blunders.
Our top pick overall: Flint And Tinder’s 365 Belt 2.0,a handsome leather design that pairs well with almost every type of pants, from formal to casual. For a rugged, everyday option that’s great with jeans specifically, we like L.L. Bean 1912 Jean Belt. Ahead, you’ll find all our recommendations, and for more wardrobe advice, we also have guides to the best work pants for men and most comfortable dress shoes.
Why Trust Forbes
At Forbes Vetted, we are a group of writers and editors with extensive backgrounds in fashion and lifestyle. Our take on fashion is straightforward: We appreciate stylish clothing, but we also know it must be practical. We’re constantly on the hunt for the standouts in every category, from the best wallets to the best work pants for men. We meticulously research and test clothing and accessories to ensure they’re high quality and perform well—so you can feel confident buying them.
Our senior fashion editor, Kari Molvar, has more than 20 years of experience covering lifestyle topics, including fashion. She helped narrow our selection of belts for men and determine the best belts for everything from work to weekends.
How We Chose The Best Belts For Men
For this story, we researched the top belts for men on the market to determine which were the true greats, and which fell short. We considered well-established and newer brands and selected styles with not only excellent reviews, but superior hardware and utility too, since men’s belts are an everyday essential that gets a lot of wear and tear. Finally, we read user reviews, and edited down our initial selections by analyzing details such as the belt’s quality of materials, width, functionality and design.
We also took price and trustworthiness of each brand into consideration to ensure our picks work for a variety of budgets and deliver excellent value. We also regularly update this story to make sure we’re providing the best, most accurate recommendations. This story was last updated in November 2023.
What To Consider When Shopping For Men’s Belts:
Material And Size
Leather belts are timeless and durable, with full-grain leather usually being the highest quality option. For a more casual look, explore fabric or canvas belts. Make sure you know your accurate waist size (measure the part of your waist where you want the belt to sit) and then select a belt size that corresponds to it. The right fit is important for both comfort and style. If you find that there is a significant amount of belt hanging after you’ve fastened it, it’s likely too long. If you struggle to fasten the belt or there’s very little overlap of the belt ends, it’s too short.
Style And Color
Think about the style and color of the belt. The buckle style should match your preferences and the occasion. A classic single-prong buckle is versatile for everyday while a double-prong buckle can add a touch of personality. Regarding color, black and brown belts are versatile choices that complement a variety of outfits. Coordinating the belt color with your shoes is another way to create a polished look.
Quality and Craftsmanship
Pay close attention to the finishing details: Look for well-stitched seams, even edges and a solid buckle fastening. A high-quality belt should last and maintains its appearance over time. Well established leather brands like Shinola, Flint And Tinder and Tecovas are known for their commitment to craftsmanship and durability. It might be worth it to invest a bit more in a belt that will last, since it’s a long-term accessory that you’ll get a lot of use out of.