The New Essentials

Accessories Go
Lean & Mean

Belts and watches
slim down for summer

Best men's slim leather belts and small watches spring 2024
Best men's slim leather belts and small watches spring 2024

If you’ve been paying attention, this might not come as much of a surprise, but vintage details are stronger than ever in menswear. Wider pants with a higher rise, maybe some pleats are nearly the norm, right? Camp collar shirts are now an essential part of a gentleman's warm weather wardrobe. Hell, even white socks with loafers feel fresh again, right?

Which means our accessories are also looking in the rearview for inspiration and then modernizing just enough to feel fresh. The ideal belt for those pants with higher rise? Just look at your grandpa's photos from back in the day—it's a slim leather with an equally lean buckle. Brands both big and small are introducing styles—from Western tipped to crocodile-embossed—in widths around or just under one inch. Some come longer or you might consider sizing up a little to have some excess as these leaner styles look better with the tips flopping down ever so slightly.

And just like with belts, this new crop of smaller, slimmer watches take inspiration from the past. Or they're models, like the Cartier Tank and Hamilton's Boulton, which haven't changed much since they were first introduced. The lighter proportions are particularly good for the warmer months as well. They might be smaller than the standard oversized timepieces of today, but they deliver big style wins for their understated sophistication.


Slim Belts

Want to upgrade your summer style from easygoing to inspirational? Trade out your regular leather belt for a slimmer, swaggier style. The leaner belt brings an air of refined luxury to any outfit.

Capo Pelle Italian croc-embossed belt

Italian croc-embossed belt,
$59 / $41.30 by Capo Pelle

Miansai Skinny belt

Skinny belt,
$100 by Miansai

WTAPS canvas belt

Canvas belt,
$50 by WTAPS

&Sons Thin leather belt
&Sons Thin leather belt

Thin leather belt,
$65 by &Sons

Todd Snyder Stamped lizard belt

Stamped lizard belt,
$148 / $54 by Todd Snyder

Polo Ralph Lauren Calfskin belt

Calfskin belt,
$178 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Maximum Henry 3-Piece Western belt

3-Piece Western belt,
$155 by Maximum Henry

Tanner Goods Skinny standard belt

Skinny standard belt,
$100 by Tanner Goods

Monitaly Long clincher belt

Long clincher belt,
$242 by Monitaly

Scott Fraser Collection Gold snake chain belt
Scott Fraser Collection Gold snake chain belt

Gold snake chain belt,
$82 by Scott Fraser Collection



Before beefed up dive watches and splashy sport watches became the standard, smaller timepieces enjoyed a long and uninterrupted reign as the pinnacle of taste and style.

Daniel Wellington Bound watch

Bound watch,
$199 / $159.20 (w/code SPRING20)
by Daniel Wellington

Cartier Tank Must watch

Tank Must watch,
$3,300 by Cartier

Hamilton Boulton watch
Hamilton Boulton watch

Boulton watch,
$745 by Hamilton

Shinola Bixby watch

Bixby watch,
$700 by Shinola

Seiko Rectangular Essential watch

Rectangular Essential watch,
$215 / $150 by Seiko

Casio MQ24 watch
Casio MQ24 watch

MQ24 watch,
$25 / $16.55 by Casio

Farer Discovery watch

Discovery watch,
$995 by Farer

Timex Marlin watch

Marlin watch,
$209 by Timex

Vintage Scores

When you want an old school look, remember that you can often find the real thing for way less when you buy secondhand. Check vintage shops and resale sites for authentic vintage watches and belts. Not only are the prices usually more reasonable, but the pieces come with genuine patina.

Vintage Seiko watch,
$119 on eBay

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