In terms of practicality, a belt's purpose is to keep your pants from falling down. But when it's really working, it pulls your whole look together. There aren't many rules when it comes belts (except for those logo-ridden buckles—lose 'em). Sometimes you want one that's simple and understated. Other times, you'd like something to punctuate your outfit. Herewith, some to consider:
Slim and simple, in plain black or brown leather. To be worn with suits, nice shoes and proper trousers.
Versatile and timeless, this instant heirloom (with an engine turned buckle) only gets better with years of wear.
Really an ode to equestrian style, this belt (made from English bridle leather) has a jaunty, yet rugged sailor vibe.
Named after the cotton fabric making up these preppy favorites, they're tipped with leather and often a brass buckle.
Woven belts add a laid-back casualness to whatever you're wearing. Buy one a little longer and let the tail hang to the side.
Often made from colorful grosgrain ribbon with two metal D-rings, they can offer a nice contrast to your outfit.
Standard issue for soldiers, these casual canvas slide belts go with everything from chinos and cotton suits to jeans and cargos.
An expressive wardrobe requires a bold belt. Whether in of-the-moment ethnic or tribal prints or a bright color or pattern.
Not unlike the D-ring belts, these are made from leather (with two metal rings) giving them a heartier feel and appearance.
Jeans and other casual pants call for a wider (and tougher) belt like the Trace Carrier, modeled after a trailer hitch.
A simple strap of patterned woven cotton traditionally worn by Argentinians, there's no buckle, so it must be knotted.