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, 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. Phew.
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 cull 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. It’ll look fantastic.
2. Prada Triangle Logo Belt
Miuccia Prada’s designs either fall into minimalism chic or “Whoa, what is that?” This cleanly designed belt is one that can be worn forever. 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.
3. Burberry TB Plaque Saddle Stitch 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, but more “glamping” than DIY, this tan leather belt is well worth a look.
4. Tom Ford T Buckle 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’s, this belt just exudes badassery . . . in the best way of course.
5. Saint Laurent Suede Belt
First under Hedi Slimane, and now under Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent’s menswear redefines not only what menswear is, but what it can be. This buttery soft suede belt is a plush backdrop for the burnished and patinated logo.
6. Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Canvas LV Initiales 40mm 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. It was inspired by a chessboard’s design. The buckle is a brushed, subtle LV.
7. Fendi Men’s Micro Crystal FF Leather Belt
BEST BON VIVANT
Never shy, especially when designed by Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi’s always been the brightest light in a room. Living life to the fullest? Always looking for the best in everything, and a good glass of whiskey? This belt with its sparkly buckle will keep you company at any party you go to.
8. Off-White Chain Arrows 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 utilitarian style, much like Marcel Duchamp turning everyday objects into art. Possibly inspired by chain belt wallets, his chain arrows belt has an arc of paperclips that swing when you move.
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 red belt reverses to black.
11. Dunhill Brown Leather Belt
Dunhill’s one of those classic British design houses that went from staid to runway trendsetter, in what feels like overnight. For those days when you want a belt to look like a belt, this is your friend. Classically styled, this brown belt stays in the fashion background. Normally this belt retails for $335. Shopworn swoops in and resells stores’ unsold stock, so you get the better end of the deal.
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.