Best belts for men to hoist your jeans in style

2020/05/30

A men’s belt isn’t just an essential for keeping your trousers firmly in place, it’s an accessory that can add a subtle touch of personality to any outfit. Worn with a tucked-in trouser, it actually becomes the unsuspecting star of your look (see literally any photo of James Dean). The classics come in leather with silver- or gold-toned hardware, of which every man should own at least two (one black, one brown). Then there’s the increasingly popular webbed belt, which can either be a functional, outdoorsy addition to your accessories drawer, as with Fjällräven’s, or a statement that’ll catch the eye of any lingering street-style photographer, as with Heron Preston’s.


There are so many takes on belts for men, but here at GQ, we know a good one when we see one. Here we’ve rounded up the very best to give you a helping hand in scouting out your next best waist-cincher.



Polo Ralph Lauren Belt

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Polo Ralph Lauren

You really cannot go wrong with this straight-down-the-line classic from American treasure Polo Ralph Lauren. It comes in a rich tan and a solid, luxurious silver-toned buckle with brand logo embossed, making it a stalwart, reliable piece to have as a backbone accessory in your wardrobe. £59. At Selfridges. selfridges.com


Cos leather belt with card holder

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Cos

Why just buy a belt when you can buy a belt and a cardholder in the same stylish sweep? It is like when men (or maybe just my grandad) used to attach everything to their waists (think builders’ pouches and gun holsters). Perhaps this is just the city dwellers’ evolution in which all the modern man needs is a credit card and a phone. The simple black leather material gives it a fantastic range of usage. £39. cosstores.com


Sandro Belt

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Sandro

A light tan suede belt is an accessory that a lot of men probably neglect, and yet, when dressing smart or smart-casual in summer months, it is integral to achieving a lighter feel. This 100 per cent leather piece by Sandro is the stylistic embodiment of the French ethos of faites simple, which works perfectly in summer. £135. At Selfridges. selfridges.com


Prada buckle belt

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Prada

Prada experiments with a more utilitarian design – the clip buckle. It is somewhat distinct from your tattered, abused and desecrated school satchel buckle – Prada have reworked it and imbued it with luxury. The buckle is constructed from solid silver-tone metal, the belt from a tough gosgrain material and it all comes with Saffiano-leather trim adornments. You’ve never seen a clip belt buckle as desirable as this before. £200. At matchesfashion.com



Reiss Belt

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Reiss

Reiss is producing some inspired pieces in SS20 and this croc-patterned patent leather belt is no deviation. This is a belt for nights out (they’ll return eventually) when you need to dial the glamour up to eleven and don a garish shoe or jacket. Equally, it can be pared back to work with a more subtle ensemble. £60. reiss.com


Heron Preston reflective tape belt

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Heron Preston

Cling on to your belts for dear life! We say that because this Heron Preston belt is exceptionally cool – not because of any safety it’ll afford. The belt’s reflective strips will glimmer in the flash of the street-style photographer who’ll inevitably be asking for your picture. It is bold, but when it works, it works. £115. At Selfridges. selfridges.com


Bottega Veneta Belt

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Bottega Veneta

It isn’t often that belt design elicits a spark of intrigue. But that’s exactly what this Bottega Veneta piece does. It is a curious and ineffably suave use of angles and woven calf leatherwork to produce a charming belt. The buckle is constructed of rhomboid and is hypoallergenic, providing comfort even for those wearers with sensitive skin. £485. bottegaveneta.com


Fjällräven keb trekking belt

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Fjällräven

With outdoorsy spirit raining down on the fashion-scape of late, a trekking belt by Fjällräven is both an on-trend and practical wardrobe addition. It is elasticated, fully adjustable and its dark blue colour gives it a nice subtle style whether you are dressing up to free solo sheer granite cliff faces or strolling through town. £30. fjallraven.com



Isabel Marant Belt

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Isabel Marant

The chevron repetition, smooth rounded buckle and the multitude of holes that extend the length of the belt point to Marant’s Western inspiration. Made from silk-soft black leather and a silver-tone buckle, the style is equal shades versatile, unique and is subtly climbing onboard an Americana trend. £335. At matchesfashion.com


Tiger of Sweden Asenby Belt

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Tiger Of Sweden

Is there a sweeter, more right colour on a leather belt than cognac? This classic belt by Tiger Of Sweden proves that sticking to a simple style made with quality materials and craftsmanship provides ample charm. This will be perfect for a light-shade suit or chino trouser in the warmer months. £89. tigerofsweden.com


Belt by Ami

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Ami Paris

Trust Ami Paris to hoist up your trousers in the chicest way possible. Made from classic black leather, the 25mm width makes this a particularly refined option to wear with a suit, or one to add some 1990s appeal worn with light-washed blue denim. £80. amiparis.com


Belt by Gucci

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Gucci

In the same way that a belt is wrapped around your waist, this belt has Gucci’s emblematic snake twisted around its leather to form an intriguing, characteristically opulent buckle. One for an evening out, wearing all-black everything. £510. gucci.com


Belt by Burberry

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Burberry

This belt comes in Burberry’s iconic check, so you can guarantee it will stand the test of time. Deviating from the classic colouring, it features perforations throughout its length for an extra design flourish on an already busy belt. £250. burberry.com


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