27 Best Belts for Men in 2023: Pants-Holding Accessories So Nice Orion Would Blush

You might think that shopping for the best belts for men isn’t nearly as exciting as throwing down on a badass leather jacket, a swaggering suit, or even some aggressively tinted shades. After all, those other items have main-character energy and the belt, the belt is almost always playing a supporting role in your outfit. Which is precisely why, though it may seem tedious, we would argue that your belt collection very much deserves your attention, consideration, and financial investment. Because if you’ve ever inadvertently ruined an outfit with the wrong belt, or seen the movie Moonlight, you know that both supporting belts and supporting actors are essential to any creative masterpiece. 

Here’s how to make belt-shopping more fun. First, stop thinking about the whole thing in black and brown. Start thinking about color, texture, and leopard-print pony hair. Next, consider not only the dress codes you want to cover with your belt collection, but also the style archetypes; Western, preppy, and Moondog, for starters. Finally, start teaching yourself how to use a belt to not only keep your pants on, but to transform the essence of your outfit. Try on three belts with one white tee and jeans and observe the way the energy in the room shifts. Once you see the humble men’s belt for the style secret sauce that it truly is, the prospect of acquiring a new one won’t bore you, but thrill you. To get you started on your journey toward belt enlightenment, GQ Recommends went deep on 27 of the best belts for men out there.

The Best Belts Shopping Guide

The Best Every-Single-Day Belt

CB Made in Italy semplice belt

Named after its founder, Cecilia Bringheli, and country of manufacture, CB Made in Italy is a decade-old accessories brand that makes our hands-down favorite basic genuine leather belt on the market: the aptly named semplice belt. Available in some 15 suede and leather hides and a variety of sizes, you can customize it to fit your wardrobe, your mood, your shape, your personal belt philosophy. We’re partial to the rich brown leather option, which is an appropriately casual complement to the belt’s buckle—simple, square brass—and looks just fantastic with jeans, chinos, and any manner of flowy trouser.

The Best Freak-It Belt

Stüssy leather overlay belt

In menswear, few things signal peak freakiness (and the occasional bout of bad decision-making) like an animal print. Stüssy’s embossed leather belt features not one but two reptilian prints laid on top of each other that, naturally, take this outlandish accessory to a whole new level. The metal buckle and tip might take it down half a notch, like throwing a black tee over a lamé tank in an attempt to “blend in”, but let’s be real—there’s no disguising your true nature when you slip this around your waist. And that’s exactly why should buy it. 

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Standard Belt

Pretty much anything goes in rock ‘n’ roll, and INAN’s mishmash of metal and leather perfectly embodies that ethos in one stylish-as-hell belt. The brainchild of stylist Ilaria Norsa and Angostura’s jewelry designer Giulia Tavani, INAN is a collection of accessories that pay homage to the gritty underground and all it’s inspired. The tubular stripes belt is crafted from calfskin leather and kitted out with silver beads, piercings, and a buckle, creating a drape across that oozes the type of sex appeal often reserved for rock’s elite. Slip it over your crispiest trousers and slinkiest button-up to let The Man know you’ve got a mind of your own, or ditch the top altogether and belt up your baggiest jeans before hitting the town. 

The Best Outdoors-Ready Belt

At GQ, we’re big fans of Kavu’s nostalgia-drenched, delightfully crunchy outdoors-y gear. So, naturally, the brand’s printed nylon belt is a banger, a retro-flavored blast from your trailblazing not-quite past. It looks like a bizarro mash-up of your old camp counselor’s favorite bracelet and the seatbelts in your family’s trusty Subaru, and it’s designed to keep you and your pants company (be they cargos, tech-y zip-offs, or sawed-off jorts)  while you scale peaks, hurdle over rocks, or just do that awkward walk-skip to catch the train. 

The Holy Cowboy Belt

Anderson’s western leather belt

Anderson’s is the Italian belt brand; they’ve been perfecting their craft since the ’60s right in Parma. In fact, according to the brand, each belt takes over 100 steps to make and every single one of those steps happens by hand. Which is to say, you will buy an Anderson’s belt and you will keep it for years, maybe even for a lifetime. While Anderson’s specializes in classic, Italian suede and leather belts—very handsome stuff—we must say, they make an especially mean Western belt. It’s refined and not at all costume-y, so you can wear it with more than just some double denim and boots. Nothing against a full Western look, but that’s a freedom worth investing in.

The Best Woven Belt

Guanabana is a Spanish-Columbian brand known for its woven, colorful accessories and y’all, do they ever make a nice belt. Maybe not the variety of belt you’ll wear to work or your wedding (although, more power to you if that’s your thing), but the kind that completes every outfit outside of formal occasions, from oversized cargo pants and an open-collar shirt to linen suit and a knit polo. When you look at the patterns on offer, you’re probably going to want buy more than one, which is perfectly okay considering they retail for a reasonable $80 a pop.

Plus 21 More Belts We Love

Banana Republic rugged leather belt

Get the worn-in look without having to actually rough it.

J.Crew Wallace & Barnes round-buckle belt

A belt that only gets better with age—like you!

A.P.C. pvc belt

Relive your childhood days of wearing colorful jellies from head to toe.

Our Legacy metallic leather belt

A cool take on the metallic trend that won’t leave you looking like the Tin Man.

Emil Erwin 112 signature leather belt

A belt is a classic when it can seamlessly pair with your pressed chinos and ripped up denim—just like this one.

Auralee concealed pin-buckle belt

Has that one-of-a-kind vintage feel without hours sifting through misses.

Needles peace buckle narrow belt

Make this the summer of peace, love, and sick belts.

Taiga Takahashi “Lot .003 Hickock” belt

Buckle up, baby: this belt is going to turn some serious heads.


Beams Plus grosgrain tape double ring belt

Smooth sailing ahead to the island of Big Fits.

Drake’s teal madder silk bridle club belt

Your preppy uncle who’s also kind of a kook, in belt form.

Noah elastic woven belt

A grown-up take on the primary school uniform staple.

Mannahatta cowhide spider studs belt

Mannahatta’s stud- and jewel-encrusted belt might look like you fished it out of a pirate’s chest, but rest assured, the real treasure is the endless compliments it invites. 

Rag & Bone mini woven leather belt

It’s the perfect texture…for keeping your pants sitting pretty.

By Parra “Old Man” belt

Don’t let the name fool you: this belt is appropriate for all ages. (Though your grandpa might “accidentally” nick it from you, and who can blame him?)

D’heygere card holder belt

What’s not to like about a multi-purpose accessory, especially when it keeps your pants up and all your essentials in place?

Tory leather belt

Thanks to a brass spur buckle and elegantly stitched edges, this classic-leaning option will stand the test of time (and long outlast whatever swerve didn’t land a few months ago).

L.L. Bean 1912 jean belt

An English-made, full-grain leather belt with brass hardware at this low a price? Buy both colors.

Nocona Mexican floral embossed belt

Throw on your best flared jeans and cowboy boots, because you’re about to yeehaw-ify your closet.

Smathers & Branson Dancing Bears needlepoint belt

Grandma was a Dead Head.

Arc’teryx conveyor belt

This belt goes out to all the guys who might just WFH indefinitely.

Tanner Goods standard belt

Oregon-based Tanner Goods makes a no-fuss, handmade belt in every color of the neutral rainbow.

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