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Colville Leather: how to find the perfect men’s handmade leather belt

image showing man holding a rolled up Colville Leather handmade leather oak bark belt

Buckle up, it’s time to talk belts! The humble leather belt is much more than just a functional accessory. Over time, it has become a real fashion statement for men. Worn correctly, a leather belt provides the perfect finishing touch to an outfit. A poorly-matched or ill-fitting belt, however, is a different story. Fear not though, we’ve got a handy guide to help you find the perfect handmade leather belt…


First off, find the right size. This isn’t as straightforward as you might think though, as your waist and belt measurements differ. Here are two simple ways to find your belt size:

  1. Measure an existing belt

Lay your belt on a flat surface. Measure in inches from the far end of the buckle to the belt hole that you use the most. Choose the size closest to this measurement when making your purchase. Your belt will fit so that the buckle pin goes through the centre hole.

  1. Measure your waist

Put on a pair of trousers that fit well. Thread a fabric measuring tape through the belt loops. Pinch the two sides of tape together where they meet in the front, this measurement is your belt size.Diagram on how to measure your belt size from Colville Leather

For a full guide on how to find your belt size, check out our blog post. Be sure to follow the sizing description exactly. Having to wrap a long tail of belt strap around your waist, or not having enough strap to tuck under the first belt loop, are fashion faux pas you want to avoid.


roll of J and JF Baker leather for Colville Leather belts

We may be a little biased, but for us, the perfect belt is crafted from the finest quality leather hides. Great with jeans, chinos and smart dress trousers, you can depend on a classic leather belt to see you through any type of occasion. Handmade leather belts have become synonymous with quality and style: durable yet beautiful. Perfect for everyday use. Plus, their timeless appeal means that leather belts will remain a stylish accessory whatever the fashion craze of the moment.

image showing belt made from alligator skin
Image: Strait City Trading Co

Exotic leathers, such as alligator, ostrich and python, are sure to catch the eye. They add a splash of character to an outfit, helping you stand out from the crowd. Keep in mind that these types of loud materials aren’t suited to a business setting though. They can draw attention to the waistline - something you might want to avoid!

There are also non-leather options such as canvas, suede and woollen belts. Whilst popular, they don’t offer the same remarkable longevity or authentic charm as a genuine leather belt.


image showing handmade leather belt from Colville Leather in London Tan

On your quest for the perfect leather belt, colour is one of the main things to consider. Your belt should match the colour of your shoes. This is one of the cardinal rules to follow, whether you’re in dress or casual wear. If you’re wearing white trainers, however, we wouldn’t recommend wearing a white leather belt to match! In this case, the perfect belt will harmonise with the rest of your outfit. Pick one that ties your top and bottom halves together to create a seamlessly sophisticated look.

For a truly refined look, not only should the colour of your belt and shoes match, but so should the finish. Pair glossy belts with highly-polished shoes and team a matte-effect belt with matte shoes.

Colville Leather has got you covered when it comes to belt colours. Choose from four different shades of brown with our hand dyed range. Our stunning oak bark belt is available in three hues: Dark Oak, London Tan and Black. It was featured in GQ Magazine last September:

Image of GQ magazine from Sept 2017 featuring Colville Leather oak bark belt


image showing a man wearing a Colville leather handcrafted belt with matching colour wallet in his pocket

The centrepiece of any belt, buckles come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours. A general rule of thumb to keep in mind is the bigger the buckle, the less formal the belt. Dress belt buckles are usually small, flat and simple in shape. Casual belts, on the other hand, tend to have much larger buckles with rounded shapes.

From shiny silver to matte black, there’s a whole spectrum of buckle colours out there. Our top tip is to match your belt buckle to the colour of your other accessories. Keep the colour of your cufflinks, watch and belt buckle consistent. All Colville belts come with a choice of either a brass or stainless-steel buckle, so you can choose a belt that fits with your own personal style.

Leather belt care

So far, we’ve shared our top tips on how to find the perfect leather belt. To really benefit from the generous rewards the perfect belt offers though, you need to know how to take care of it. Treat a Colville Leather belt with the care and attention it deserves, and it will serve you faithfully for a lifetime. Check out our handy how-to guide to have your leather belt care routine polished in no time.

We hope our guide to finding the perfect leather belt will help you to finish off your outfits in style. We’d recommend covering all bases with a couple of different choices - usually a brown and black option. These can be mixed and matched with the contents of your wardrobe. Of course, choosing a belt ultimately comes down to personal taste. Just remember never to underestimate the power of a good (or bad) belt!

Take a look around our website to see our range of oak bark and hand dyed belts. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about belt sizing or if you’d like to find out more about the leathers and techniques we use.

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