How to Size Your Elite Leather Belt

How to measure a belt : 2 foolproof ways

Choosing the correct size is based upon an accurate measurement. That's why it is important to know exactly how belts are measured and be able to select the correct size for your belt.

There are two main ways you can use to measure your belt size:

Method 1: The One Size Up

Is belt size the same as pant size? The short answer is "No". Belts don't just go around your waist, but also around your pants and shirt. That's exactly why a properly fitting belt should usually be just a little larger than your waist measurement or pants size.

This method implies that you should buy a belt that is 1.5 inches (and round up) larger than your pants size, or your waist measurement.

For example, if you wear a 34 size pants, you should order a 36 size belt. If you wear odd size pants, such as 33, you won't find a 35 size belt, but can still stick to the 1.5 inches rule by choosing (and rounding up to) a 36 size belt.

Method 2: Measure a Belt You Already Own

This second method implies you measure a belt that you already own.

Start by measuring the material from the buckle to the most used hole.

Then, size up to the nearest size.

When measuring a belt, you should do it from the edge of the buckle to the middle hole. Fitting a belt to the middle hole is important because it gives you more flexibility with your belt.

Usually, standard belts have five holes, one inch apart each, but some manufacturers may use six or seven holes.

In each case, there is one rule applied: A belt is measured from the far end of the prong which is shafted in the center of the buckle, to the center hole.

Here's a visual example on how to measure a belt:

Never measure a belt from end to end, because you will not get the accurate size for it!

Usually, the measurements are stamped onto the back of the belt. So the number on the belt will represent the size from where the leather starts at the buckle end to the middle hole.