To order the proper belt, you’ll need a little information. Pictures are included to make this clearer, and you can always just ask if you are unsure. You will need:
- WIDTH of the belt;
- STYLE of belt you want;
- TYPE of buckle desired;
- SIZE of the belt.
WIDTH of belt:
This is first because it is likely the most obvious. Your belt must fit any loops it needs to go through, and beyond that the width is largely a cosmetic decision. 1 1/2″ wide is by far the most popular width requested lately. Many like 1 3/4″ wide, but keep in mind this may be too wide for some belt loops. Belts are available in widths from 3/4″ to 2 1/2″ wide.
STYLE of belt:
Your belt may be “straight cut”, tapered, or ranger style.
Straight cut belts are just that – the same width all around.
Belts with tapered ends – or “billets” – are sometimes used to reduce bulk in the front of a belt, or to allow the use of a buckle narrower than the belt.
Ranger style belts, long popular for use as gun belts, are also popular western wear. Narrower “billets” are sewn to the main body of the belt, allowing narrower buckles to be used.
TYPE of buckle:
Buckles come in so many styles, sizes, and materials it’s unreasonable to try to list them all.
As a rule, I use three basic types of buckle: heel bar, center bar, and trophy. Ranger or “western” belts may use a 3-piece of 4-piece buckle set, but these are not actually a separate “type” of buckle.
The length of the buckle, becomes part of the total measurement for the correct size belt. Changing the buckle for one that is an inch longer will change the size by that inch.
This picture shows the same belt in each row. Note how the change in buckle causes a change in the size.
SIZE of belt:
It’s an unfortunate fact that the web offers so much confusion about how to obtain the correct size for your custom belt. I could state some of it here, but the idea is to REDUCE confusion, not create it.
Simply measure around your waist, or measure a belt that fits you the way you like it to. This is important. Please DO NOT order by the “size” on your jeans. Different clothing makers size differently. I have jeans that don’t fit, and jeans that would fall off without a belt – yet they both say the same size!
Though not a “type”, women often wear belts threaded “to the right”, opposite a ‘mans’. This is perhaps dated and no longer applies. Let us say “buckle left” or “buckle right”, as I’ve had left handed men order belts this way also. Worth noting, since ordering the belt to thread the other way will make any words or letters upside down when reversed.