If you’re not wearing a belt, you won’t be chased down the street by a screaming horde of children pointing their figures at you and yelling, “He’s got no belt on.” While you don’t really need to use a belt to keep your pants on, whether it be a leather belt or even a tactical belt, wearing one of the best men’s designer belts can complete an outfit.
Let us explain.
Remember how the Dude in The Great Lebowski claimed that his rug “really pulled the room together”? That’s what a belt does, it pulls together separate items and makes the “room,” i.e. your clothes, appear to be a harmonious, visually appealing design. When you have something as good-looking as a number of the best men’s designer belts, your outfit can look fully evolved solely due to the buckle. Belts really just have a subtle yet stand-out way of bringing your look to the next level.
There are some men’s designer belts that cost a few thousand dollars, and there are men’s designer belts that can be had for around one hundred dollars. What we’ve done is culled the gigantic list of men’s designer belts into the 12 best men’s designer belts that are stylish, affordable, and yes, some of them are even investment-worthy. Scroll to find out what’s what.
1. Salvatore Ferragamo Large Double Gancio Reversible Belt
That belt buckle, those polished silver loops that vaguely resemble stirrups have been stylishly wrapped around men’s waists for a long time. This understated designer item could be considered one of the best men’s designer belts because it’s understated and not “shouty.” And that’s why it’s probably considered to be a classic menswear item. It never ever goes out of style. Yes, wear it with dress trousers and black or dark jeans. Depending on the look you’re going for you can even reverse the belt and make it black or brown. It’ll look fantastic no matter what you choose.
2. Prada Saffiano Logo Buckle Belt
Prada’s designs either fall into minimalism chic or “whoa, what is that?” type of look. This cleanly designed belt is one that can be worn forever, and then some. The leather is neither too shiny nor too matte, and the silvery plaque harkens back to her 90s creations. Because it’s low-key style, it really does go with whatever you’ve got, whether it be a suit or a casual weekend look.
3. Burberry TB Leather Belt
Yep, we all know that Burberry makes outerwear that neatly straddles classic style with trends, and their accessories do that too. If your lifestyle is more of the laidback, almost outdoorsy kind, this tan leather belt is well worth a look. Alright, maybe it’s for more of the “glamping” type of dude than a DIYer, but still — you’ll look good in this weather you’re pitching your own tent or renting a luxury RV.
4. Tom Ford 4cm Polished-Leather Belt
Trust Tom Ford to take something as basic as a belt and turn it into a statement. From the glossy leather to the gold, glossy elongated T, this belt just exudes badassery. Snag this in brown or black leather depending on your style preferences and really amplify your look, no matter what you’ve got on. For real, this belt can even make a pair of 20-year-old jeans look hot.
5. Saint Laurent Monogram Plaque Belt
Cardi B said it best. “He buy me Yves Saint Laurent, and a new whip.” In this case, the “he” is yourself and the “new whip” is your 2007 Toyota Corolla, but hey, at least you’ll be looking A+ in this leather YSL belt. This bad boy is made from 100% lambskin right in Italy, as expected. Pair it with a tux at your next formal event, wear it to the office on a casual day at work or even for your next date night. It’s all up to you.
6. Louis Vuitton Initiales 40mm Reversible Belt
I know what you’re thinking, how is anything designer considered to be a smart financial investment? Welp, if you do a bit of research, you’ll keep running into articles where it turns out that nicely taken care of designer leather goods can, especially if they’re a classic or limited edition style, be resold for much more than the original price. This Louis Vuitton belt could be considered to be like buying a stock share. The body of the belt is in Vuitton’s Damier ebene pattern that was inspired by a chessboard’s design. The buckle is an in-your-face LV in silver that will look great clad on any dude. It’s also completely reversible.
7. Fendi Logo Buckle Belt
BEST BON VIVANT
Fendi’s always been the brightest light in a room. The brand has never shied away from making bold statements with clothing and accessory choices, which is evidently clear when you get a look at this massive, double F gold buckle. Living life to the fullest? Always looking for the best in everything, and a good glass of whiskey? This belt with its beaming buckle will keep you company at any party you go to.
8. Off-White Paperclip Chain Logo Belt
BEST “NEW” DESIGNER
Virgil Abloh’s brand has only been around since ’14, and through clever designs and a huge fan base, the brand has a permanent seat at the luxe designer table. Off-White manages to amp up the utilitarian style, much like Marcel Duchamp turning everyday objects into art. Possibly inspired by chain belt wallets, his paperclip chain logo belt has an arc of paperclips that swing when you move. It kinda refreshes that goth aesthetic from the early 2000s into a more modern, versatile look all can rep.
9. Gucci GG Belt With Kingsnake Print
Gucci has managed more comeback than a B movie star. Under the aegis of Alessandro Michele, the combination of a cheeky sense of humor, a mining of the archives for totemic patterns and a love of street style, the label’s once again center stage. When creating a designer belt, why stop at using the brand’s classic monogram pattern when you can slap on a colorful snake on top? Go big, and go bold.
10. Christian Louboutin Men’s Reversible CL Logo Leather Belt
Christian Louboutin’s red-bottomed shoes became such a sought after and iconic item in the early aughts that the brand sued another designer when they deigned to paint their shoe bottoms red. Such is the saltiness of the fashion field. Their men’s things have never been fraught with skullduggery, just well-crafted things. Need to quietly make a statement with your stuff? This silvery, artistically devised monogrammed buckle can do it for you. The black belt also reverses to red if you’re feeling eclectic.
11. Tecovas Alligator Belt
This 100% American alligator leather belt is one we haven’t stopped geeking over since the first moment we laid eyes on it. The alligator texture really brings the look of your average leather belt (designer or not) to a whole new realm of fashion. It exudes a handsome yet powerful look that will spruce any old outfit up tremendously. Complete with your choice of a 100% brass buckle in either antique or nickel-plated.
12. MCM Reversible Visetos/Saffiano Belt
Back in the late 80s and early 90s, German brand MCM was a starlet’s dream. It was cute, fun, designer, yet affordable. Then, they vanished. Since making a comeback in the early aughts, they’ve become one of the most ubiquitous designer brands around. And that’s okay. The price points won’t kill you, and the items are nicely made. If you’d anthropomorphize the brand, it’s a happy puppy. This belt gives off an upbeat air and reverses to solid black.