Your Belt Questions, Answered

Belts. One is enough, right? Wrong. Belts are a great way to switch up an outfit or repurpose the same one you’ve been wearing week after week (you can’t fool us). Here are the answers to three questions about belt-ology.

The Men's Guide to Belts

1. What kind of belt should I wear with jeans? With a suit?
For jeans, throw on a leather, tweed, wool, or cotton belt – all these options look great against denim. On the other hand, a suit requires a sleek and simple belt. For navy suits, go with dark brown. For black and grey, look toward black leather.

2. How long should my belt be? 
Dress belts should have at least a few inches to the left once fastened. Too-short lengths make the belt appear too tight (you don’t want people to think you’re going to pop a button or anything). Casual belts can be worn looser since they’re not as stiff.

3. Should I choose a thin or thick belt? 
It’s all about the occasion. Never wear a thin (less than 1 inch in width) belt with jeans. That’s strictly for the ladies, and let’s keep it that way. With denim, go for a heftier buckle and thicker belt (between 1 and 1.5 inches in width). A thin(ner) option is, however, appropriate for formal and dressy events.

Still can’t decide? Own one black and one brown belt. You can’t go wrong.

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By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

The Canvas Watch Guide: 3 Styles to Wear Now

When it comes to watches, leather and steel bands are timeless, fail-safe options year-round. But come spring (i.e. now), in the spirit of that whole refresh-and-renew thing, you should think about switching up your watch game. And canvas straps are just the on-trend way to do it.

Canvas-Strap Watches for Spring

Preppy: A hint of color. Maybe a bold stripe or two. Nothing says you’re counting down the minutes to your Nantucket ferry ride like a fun canvas watch strap – especially when paired with seersucker.

Classic: A clean, stainless steel face with a band that could just as easily be leather, a canvas strap brings the texture your wrist’s been missing. Plus, it’s still totally office-appropriate.

Military: Channel that whole urban-warrior/safari vibe with an army-green band and gunmetal detailing. This rugged wristwear is equally at home on hikes as it is stalking “prey” at the bar.

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 25, 2014

What Are You (Really) Wearing? Let’s Talk Cuff Links

Making their debut to the forefront of men’s fashion in the 17th century, cuff links became the upscale alternative to self-tie cuff strings. They’re chic. They’re crafted from precious metals. And then they’re hand-painted or jewel-encrusted for an extra luxe look. While these fasteners all serve the same purpose, there is some disparity in the ways they attach, so it’s important to know which backing will work best for you.

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Bullet Back
Quite possibly the most common cuff link, the bullet back has a capsule-shaped end that rotates 360 degrees. The range of motion makes this type easy to fasten, thus securing its status as a guy’s go-to.

Whale Back
With a curved post and swivel-tail end, it’s clear why this variety got its name. Similar to the bullet back, the whale-back fastener swivels up to 180 degrees for easy slip-in styling.

Fixed Back
As the name implies, the fixed back is comprised of one solid piece of metal. Compared to its counterparts, this link is the most rigid and makes for a very tight cuff.

Chain Link
Regarded as the first cuff link in its class, the chain link serves as a more formal choice. The two decorative ends are often reversible and connected by a short chain, offering both easy motion and a dose of serious style.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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May 7, 2013