Belt Sizing Made Easy: What size belt do I need?

Ah, belts – the ultimate accessory for any outfit. They come in all shapes and sizes, from slim and sleek to bold and daring. But let’s be honest – finding the correct belt size can be challenging. Fear not, fashion warriors, we’ve got you covered.

Our belt size guide and size chart will help you navigate the tricky waters of belt sizing and ensure you’re always looking sharp. Whether you need a trusty everyday belt or a statement piece to make your outfit pop, we’ve got the tips and tricks you need to get the perfect fit every time.

Key info

Measurement Method Belt Size
Using Your Waist Measurement Add 2 inches (or 5 cm) to your waist measurement to find your belt size. For example, if your waist measures 34 inches, you would typically wear a size 36 belt.
Using Your Existing Belt If you have a belt that fits you well, measure from the tip of the buckle to the hole you most commonly use. This measurement corresponds to your belt size. Alternatively, you can measure from the end of the buckle to the hole you use and add 2 inches (or 5 cm) to get your belt size.
Consulting a Size Chart Many brands provide size charts that correlate waist measurements or pant sizes to belt sizes. Refer to the brand’s size chart to find the recommended belt size based on your measurements.
Trying it On The most accurate way to determine your belt size is to try on different belts and adjust them to find the most comfortable fit. This allows you to account for variations in sizing among different brands and styles.

How to Measure Your Belt Size: A Step-by-Step Guide


If you’ve ever ordered a belt online, you know how frustrating it can be to receive the wrong size. But fear not; measuring your belt size is a simple process that can save you time and hassle in the long run. This guide will show you how to measure an existing belt to determine your correct size.

Step 1: Measure Your Existing Belt

The easiest way to determine your belt size is to measure an existing belt that fits well. Take the belt and measure from the tip of the buckle to the hole you typically use. Do not include the clip in your measurement. For example, if your belt measures 47 inches (120cm) from tip to hole, your measurement is 47 inches (120cm).

Step 2: Subtract 6 inches (15cm) from Your Measurement

Most belts have three holes spaced 0.75-1.25 inches (2-3cm) apart. The distance between the tip and the first hole is typically 6 inches (15cm). To determine your belt size, subtract 6 inches (15cm) from your measurement. For example, if your measurement was 47 inches (120cm), subtract 6 inches (15cm) to get a final measurement of 41 inches (105cm). This would correspond to a belt size of 41 inches (105cm).

Step 3: Adjust for Extra Holes

Some belts may have extra holes, allowing for more adjustability. You can adjust your measurement accordingly if your current belt has extra holes. For example, if your measurement was 39 inches (100cm) and you typically wear your belt on the third hole from the end, you may want to subtract an additional 2 inches (5cm) from your measurement to get a final measurement of 37 inches (95cm).

Step 4: Err on the Side of Caution

When in doubt, it’s always better to order a slightly larger size than a smaller one. Dress and trouser sizes can be misleading, and it’s better to have a somewhat loose belt than one that’s too tight. If you’re ordering based on dress or trouser size, it’s a good idea to size up by one size to ensure a comfortable fit.


In conclusion, measuring your belt size is a simple process that can save you time and frustration when ordering full grain leather belts for men online. By measuring an existing belt and subtracting 6 inches (15cm), you can quickly determine your correct size and avoid the hassle of exchanging for a different size. Remember to err on caution and order a slightly larger size if unsure. If you have any questions about full-grain leather belts for men or sizing, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.


What size belt for a 30 waist?

It’s easiest to get the correct belt size by adding two inches to your pants size. If your pant size is 30, we recommend a belt size 32; if your waist is 44, a 46-inch belt would work; if it’s 48, a 50-inch belt will work, and so on. You may also determine your belt size by measuring the circumference of the waistband you want to use to wear the belt. It is recommended that, after fastening the buckle, there be an additional 10–20cm of belt length to overlap and/or tuck beneath the belt loops.

There seems to be an overwhelming number of belt options; how do I decide?

It’s no secret that there’s a wide variety of belts available. There are methods to limit them, however, so don’t worry. Genuine leather belts are unrivaled in quality and durability, making them the best option for both women and men. Nothing beats a traditional black belt or brown belt with a silver buckle. Look into the colorful slim belts that are either patent leather belts with a high shine or leather belts with a matte finish if you want to add some personality.

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