5 belts every guy should have in his closet

Belts are usually hidden under your shirt, with just one purpose — to hold your pants up.

But when a T-shirt doesn’t cut it, and it’s time to get ready for the office, they quickly become multi-functional. When dressing professionally, belts are just as important as other accessories like neckties and can become a part of your overall style.

Just like shoes, no single belt will fit with all outfits, so it’s important to have a selection to choose from. Whether you’re searching for one that’s subtle, goes with your wardrobe, or makes a statement, each look can be achieved with this one accessory.

From staples like brown and black leather to more colourful rope options, the choices below will keep your wardrobe ready for any occasion.

The tan belt.


While just as functional, the tan leather belt shouldn't be your primary choice. It stands out a bit more than brown, so it's great when you're going for a casual look like a button-up shirt and jeans. Also, if you're wearing tan shoes, you'll want to keep the colour consistent with your belt choice.

The braided or woven belt.


Braided or woven belts are a great way to switch things up from more standard options. Whether leather, cotton, or canvas, a weaved pattern adds texture to an outfit where a smooth leather belt can't.

The multi-colour canvas belt.


Belts don't always have to match your shoes, so make sure there's a colourful option in your closet. This choice can be a wild card -- whether its a simple tri-colour striped belt or a multi-colour monogrammed one from your favourite designer, it should demand some attention.

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