If you’re looking for a decidedly more casual belt for summer outfits, consider a woven or braided style. Braided leather belts may occasionally prove more expensive, but they add an element of texture to your wardrobe that traditional smooth leather belts lack; they also come with different types of buckles — like D-rings and sliders — adding to a more laid-back look.
Although there are luxury labels manufacturing belts with ludicrous markups, there is an ever-growing list of brands making belts that are both durable and affordable. Some of the entries are steadfast classics — Anderson's or Filson — while others are newcomers — Folk and Bleu De Chauffe. Here are some of our favorites.
Anderson's has been making belts in Parma, Italy since 1966. Nowadays their styles are some of the most sought after accessories on the market. Family-run to this day, they loom-braid leather belts — like this one — by hand and finish them with silver-toned metal buckles.
RRL's Terrance Belt has a timelessness to it. Hand-oiled and -braided in Italy from vegetable-tanned, rough out suede, it's both well-made and seemingly already well-worn. It's the best of both worlds.
For the price, Uniqlo's Suede Stretch Belt beats competitors by a landslide. Equipped with just one hole, the belt expands to accommodate your waist size, resulting in a snug yet comfortable fit. Plus, that's high-quality Italian Mastrotto suede you see.
Folk combines a braided linen belt and leather and metal finishings for a belt that's equal parts functional and fun. Consider it an excellent casual summer belt — but I guess you could wear it year-round.
Fit for wearing even when you're carrying a heavy pack, Filson's Togiak Belt may be outdoor-leaning but it's perfectly right for any occasion wherein you're in need of something subtle – and yet totally capable of keeping your pants up.
Fjallraven Merano Belt comes equipped with a metal buckle, ensuring the acrylic belt won't come undone. Available in a bunch of colors, this option is priced incredibly well for what it is.
Founded in 2009, French-born accessories brand Bleu De Chauffe makes hand-woven belts in luxe leather. This option will patina with habitual wear, while a buckle designed to reference ship shackles sets it apart from traditional styles.
Rich natural tones — brown, tan or black — aren't always in favor. Barbour gets that and opts for Navy with their Stretch Webbing Leather Belt. It's made from a blend of materials (polypropylene, elastane and leather) and comes with a brass buckle.