Remember how the Dude in The Great Lebowski claimed that his rug “really pulled the room together”? While you shouldn’t really need a leather belt or even a tactical belt to keep your pants on, wearing one of the best men’s designer belts pulls together separate items and makes the “room,” i.e. your clothes, appear harmonious. Belts offer a subtle yet stand-out way of taking your look to the next level.
Some men’s designer belts cost a few thousand dollars, and some men’s designer belts can be had for around $100. SPY has culled the long list of men’s designer belts to bring you the 20 best men’s designer belts that are stylish, affordable and even investment-worthy.
1. Salvatore Ferragamo Rose Gold Double Gancio Reversible Belt
That belt buckle — those polished rose gold loops that vaguely resemble stirrups — has been stylishly wrapped around men’s waists for a long time. This designer item could be considered one of the best men’s designer belts because it’s understated and not “shouty.” Wear it with dress trousers or dark jeans. You can even reverse the belt and make it black or brown. It’ll look fantastic no matter what you choose.
2. Off-White Industrial Logo Belt
Most designer belts for men are designed for formal wear, but not this stylish Off-White accessory. From the genius mind of Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, this belt is instantly recognizable and effortlessly cool. (You might need to wrap this extra-long belt around your waist twice or let it hang low.) If you want to elevate streetwear, then this belt is a must-have. Wear it with denim and you have an outfit that’s sure to turn heads.
3. Prada Saffiano Buckle Belt
Prada’s designs either fall into minimalism chic or “whoa, what is that?” This cleanly designed belt can be worn forever, The leather is neither too shiny nor too matte, and the silvery plaque harkens back to Prada’s ’90s creations. Because it’s got a low-key style, it goes with whatever you’ve got, whether a suit or a casual weekend look.
4. Burberry Logo Plaque Buckle Belt
Believe it or not, there was a time when Burberry was considered “de trop” or too, too much. A lot has evolved since that awfully bad fashion moment in the early aughts, and Burberry is back as one of the top British design houses. The belt has the newly updated logo buckle, gleaming against the black leather.
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5. MCM Reversible Visetos/Saffiano Belt
Since making a comeback in the early aughts, German brand MCM has become one of the most ubiquitous designer brands around. 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.
6. Tom Ford Leather Belt
Trust Tom Ford to take something as basic as a belt and turn it into a statement. From the pliable, full-grain leather to the striking elongated silver T that echoes the pointed end of the belt, it exudes badassery. This sexy leather number amplifies your look, no matter what you’ve got on.
7. Giuseppe Zanottio Logo Leather Belt
BEST DESIGNER SALE
Here’s the perfect gift for yourself: a designer belt at a great price. This designer belt with its eye-catching olive leather and almost abstract art-style signature buckle is seriously impressive.
8. Saint Laurent Grain Leather 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 100% grain leather and made right in Italy, as expected. Pair it with a tux at your next formal event, or wear it to the office or even for your next date night. It’s all up to you.
9. Loewe Men’s Anagram Adjustable Leather Belt
There are a lot of cool belt buckles when it comes to the best men’s designer belts, but so far this one from Loewe is taking the cake. This superfluid “L” logo seems to change its shape every time you look at it. The anagram could be a butterfly, two people kissing … you get the idea.
10. Louis Vuitton LV Initials 40mm Reversible Belt
How can anything designer be considered a smart financial investment? Nicely cared-for designer leather goods can, especially classic or limited edition styles, be resold for much more than the original price. This Louis Vuitton belt could be considered a promising stock. The inspiration for the belt’s design was passport stamps and yes, it’s a limited edition belt that reverses to black.
11. Maison Margiela Contrast Stitch Leather Belt
BEST FOR MINIMALISTS
Martin Margiela never gave an interview throughout his tenure at the label that bears his name. Even today as an artist, he won’t do it. His brand reflects his philosophy: create stellar work that speaks for itself. His leather belt is an ode to minimalism, with the logo discreetly engraved on the sleek buckle.
12. Fendi FF Logo-Print Belt
Here’s a piece of fashion trivia for you: Karl Lagerfeld oversaw (and designed) Chanel, Fendi and his own line. This men’s designer belt uses the house’s double F logo — also designed by Lagerfeld — and is highlighted with silver studs along its length.
13. Rag & Bone Rugged Belt
This top American brand is known for its sleek and handsome menswear, and Rag& Bone’s designs dominate the denim space. This suede belt has a slightly rough finish making it the perfect companion for jeans and cords.
14. Gucci Double G Belt
There are very few designer logos that are instantly recognizable the world over, and Gucci’s entwined G’s is more than likely on top of that list. This leather belt is adjustable.
15. Hermès H Buckle & Sprint Band 32 mm
BEST HERITAGE BRAND
Hermès started as a saddlery, and yes, you can still buy tack (expensive tack) today. This H-shaped buckle quietly telegraphs to the world that you have excellent taste. This sporty nylon mesh reversible belt goes from deep blue and black accents to black with deep blue accents in a flash.
16. Jacquemus Leather Logo Belt
MOST INTERESTING BACKSTORY
A few years ago, Jacquemus sent their fashion show invites in a teeny bag instead of the classic envelope. Recipients were so taken by the bags that they wore them. By accident and whimsy, a trend was born. His thin belt is so thin it almost blends into your pants. Then there’s that silvery gleaming logo that lets everyone know what’s wrapped around your waist.
17. Balenciaga 3.5 cm Logo-Embellished Leather Belt
BEST FOR ICONOCLASTS
What could someone write about Demna (he dropped Gvaslia recently) that hasn’t been written before? His eerily prescient designs repeatedly influence all levels of fashion. This narrow leather belt has the brand’s interlocking, oversized B’s forming the buckle.
18. Versace Palazzo Dia Crystal Belt
Versace’s Medusa head first debuted in the 1980s. Fast forward about 30 years or so, and that golden symbol is still asserting major flex. The golden belt buckle is encrusted with rhinestones, just to add to the boldness of the golden buckle.
19. Christian Louboutin Loubi Stud-Embellished Leather Belt
Over in the U.K., shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s red-lined black leather belt, embellished with three rows of studs, is department store Selfridges’ best-selling belt for guys. The ring buckle is embossed with the designer’s signature.
20. Amiri 3cm Silver-Tone and Leather Trimmed Webbing Belt
BEST RETRO ROCK STAR STYLE
Looking more like a logo for a heavy metal band than a designer’s logo, this silver-tone logo is very in your face. It’s attached to webbing trimmed with leather near the buckle.