To belt or not to belt, that’s the question in this week’s edition of 2 Minute Tuesday! It may seem simple but there are actually some key situations and outfits you need to keep in mind when you’re thinking about putting on a belt. Previously we discussed what belt size to buy and our favorite belt picks, but now it’s time to break down exactly when you should and shouldn’t wear a belt!
Belts Are An Accessory
First and foremost, belts are an accessory, not a utilitarian piece. As we said in our fit guides, your pants should always fit properly without a bet and you shouldn’t be using a belt solely to keep them up.
Don’t Wear A Belt: When Wearing Suits
Even if a suit has belt loops, you don’t want to wear a belt with a suit, it ruins the line as the eye will be drawn directly to your waist and it will break up the overall vertical look. Like we previously said, your suit pants should fit properly so your pants should sit on you without needing to be held up.
Do Wear A Belt: When Your Shirt Is Tucked In
Whether your shirt is fully tucked in or just partially tucked in (aka the French Tuck), you always want to wear a belt, regardless of whether you’re wearing jeans, chinos, or dress trousers.
Do Wear A Belt: With Jackets and Blazers
Typically with jackets and blazers, your shirt should be tucked in (unless its a very casual look with a t-shirt) so you’re going to always want to wear a belt with these types of looks.
Welcome to our newest series, The Check In! We wanted to try something new for our viewers and readers so in this series we’re checking in with each other on a few personal things, talking about some stuff we’re excited about right now, and giving you guys a few updates on what’s going on in our lives (like Dorian’s weight loss).
We hope you enjoy this new series, let us know what you think and if you have any questions or topics you want to see us discuss!
Things Ashley Is Into Right Now
Chain Necklaces – Ashley loves a little bit of silver or gold peeking out as a nice bit of bling. Look for what’s known as a club chain in a small size like 2 or 3 millimeters.
Braided Belts – A cool twist on belts and they just add something special to your outfit. Look for them in leather or cotton and you can wear them in a variety of basic colors like brown, tan, black, navy, or gray.
Things Dorian Is Into Right Now
Dorian is loving the documentary Apollo 11, a fascinating take on the space mission.
Watch the trailer here
Buy/Rent the documentary here
Dorian’s Book Recommendations
The Passage of Power by Rober Caro is a 4 volume history series about one of our country’s most interesting Presidents and his rise to power.
Buy It Here
Frank Miller’s Batman is a hugely influential series of editions featuring one of DC’s most legendary characters.
Check Them Out Here