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.

Our Below the Belt: Denim, Boxers, Socks, & More Boutique opens Thursday, June 26 at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

Sartorial Throw-Down: The Suit vs. The Jacket

No one ever said feeling out a dress code was easy – especially when it comes to the suit versus the jacket (and, more specifically, the sport coat versus the blazer). One thing is for certain, though: whichever form of suiting a guy chooses to don, there’s no way he’s not going to look pretty darn good in it.

The Sport Coat
Its origins rooted in hunting, this look’s most casual of the three. Wear it to dates and to brunches in the city. Best part? It counts as dressy casual at work.

The Suit
A suit will almost always be appropriate at weddings, job interviews, and formal workplaces (in navy), and at funerals (in the requisite black).

The Blazer
A bit more formal than the sport coat, the traditional blazer is navy and usually comes with metal buttons (chalk that up to its roots as a boating club jacket). Chinos and jeans are both fair game with this one. In my personal opinion, it never, EVER hurts for a guy to have a blue blazer handy. Keep one in your office or your car; you never know when you’ll be needing it.

Our Rue Trunk Show: Men’s & Kids’ Suiting Boutique opens Wednesday, October 24 at 3PM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 24, 2012

Local Style: Fashion in the Financial World

AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW WARD

Local Style: Andrew Ward

You heard it here first: Style is alive and well in Boston’s clubby, white-shoe financial world, and we’ve met a man who proves it. In a city that some would say “plays it safe” when it comes to fashion, it was refreshing to find someone who isn’t afraid to push the envelope. Here, our favorite financial planner dishes on his style dos and don’ts.

Rue La La: You work in a very conservative town in an uber conservative profession – how do you incorporate some risks into your style?
Andrew: I wear pocket squares that match my ties, I incorporate a ton of pink, and I also wear argyle or colored socks that work with my tie’s color scheme.
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July 23, 2010