Today marks the second outing for the latest GuyStyleGuide feature, ‘Quick Men’s Fashion Tips’. Remember, this is all the juice without the pulp, so don’t expect in-depth commentary folks.

Seeing that last time I tackled formal belts for everyday businesswear, I thought today I’d skip over to the opposite end of the spectrum and take a look at the more casual side of things.


1. Avoid elasticized belts

These will cinch around your waist, giving the impression you’ve chosen to look like a ‘sack of potatoes’ for the day.

2. Dial things down

In a casual setting, feel free to move the buckle slightly off-centre to give a more relaxed impression.

3. Keep color and tone matching

Try to use similar hues and textures, as you would with formalwear, to avoid looking incongruent. That said, don’t go overboard by matching, say, bright orange shoes and belts – this can be too much of a good thing.

4. Introduce patterns, but carefully

When using intricate designs, make sure you’re not going overboard. Often a subtle geometric design will add just as much impact to your outfit as going all out with the zebra stripe and tiger print.

5. Ban the comedy buckle

Seriously, nobody wants to see a famous cartoon character on your clothing at the best of times, so save yourself the embarrassment and buy belts without the novelty factor.

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About The Author

Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.

2 Responses

  1. Michael

    When I’m wearing checked shirt, low-rise jeans, simple khaki belt, and boots with Mackintosh coat, guys notice and bf says it’s an appealing and masculine look. Thanks for excellent tips.