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A guide to help the average man... look less average

Take care of your belts

Mark Kwak

belts2 One article of clothing that I find myself replacing way too often are belts. Some odd reason, belts wear out on me much faster than most of my other clothes, and that's part of the reason why I don't spend all that much money on belts in the first place.

Sure, there is something to be said about buying higher quality leather belts, as quality generally correlates with longevity. However, as much as I believe in this rule with other pieces of clothing, it just doesn't ring all that true for me for belts. From my experience, whether $150 or $30, they both die on me sooner than I would like.

Well, the good news is that despite my personal beef with belts, there are some techniques to help keep your belt in tip top condition for as long as possible. Here they are below.

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1. Hang your belts properly. As you can see below, I use belt hangers to let my belts hang down naturally. I don't loop them over anything, I don't roll them up, and I don't just toss them in some random drawer. They are left to breathe and hang the way they're meant to. Why do you think stores hang up belts this way?

2. Rotate multiple belts. Just like shoes, belts need some time between wearings. The more space you put in between wears, the longer your belts will likely last. I know it doesn't seem like the most cost-efficient methodology, but trust me, it'll help you in the long run.

3. Use conditioner. If you have leather conditioner for your shoes already, why not use them to nourish your leather belts? I don't think this is all that necessary, but hey, if you have the conditioner already, there's no harm; leather is leather!

4. Buy the right size. Pretty obvious, but if you buy a belt that is too small or too large, you're going to find that your belt will stretch and stress more than it needs to. The general rule of thumb is to buy a belt that is 2" above what you would wear in your pants (so 32" belt for a 30" waist), but of course it's always safer to actually try them on at the store.

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These four easy techniques should help your belts last longer. We all know it's frustrating to always have to go out and buy belts due to constant wear and tear, so please do yourself a favor and try to delay the future stress as much as humanly possible.