by Cristina Carrera July 13, 2021 5 min read
A cool belt buckle is a staple accessory for any man's outfit. It can make an otherwise boring outfit awesome, or it can be the perfect finishing touch to a trendy new suit. The best part about cool buckles? They aren't just for men, everyone can wear them! Style them with jeans, or kilts, or as a finishing touch on skirts and dresses.
There are so many different styles of cool belts that you could wear with your favorite clothing - how do you choose which one will look best? We put together this guide to help answer all of your questions about modern belt buckles.
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Belt buckles serve three primary functions:
Belt buckles can be made in many different shapes and sizes. Their primary purpose is to fasten two ends of a fabric belt strap, usually made from leather. They are stylish items that can quickly upgrade any outfit, from work attire to casual wear. Most importantly, belt buckles are one of the best and only accessories for men out there.
Kraken design on the back of the Aged Excalibur belt buckle
Belt buckles can be made out of just about anything if you're creative enough. That said, most belt buckles are made with some kind of metal and are plated to achieve cool colors and finishes. If you're super fancy, you can get a belt buckle made of solid silver, brass, or copper. In our opinion, it's kind of overkill and too expensive for most people, but to each their own. It's pretty easy to make different color metal buckles at a much more affordable price.
Some belt buckles are made with aluminum, stainless steel, or non-metal material like wood or carbon fiber. These buckles are less common but a good choice if you have a nickel allergy.
Avoid belt buckles made from plastic - it is not a durable or sustainable material.
The short answer: maybe. Not all belt buckle designs are the same.
Our belt buckles attach in a comparatively simple way - they screw directly into a leather belt strap with a straight cut at the end. Some traditional belt buckles use snaps or rivets, but in our experience, screws feel more secure and don't make your belt bulge as much.
Some belt buckles require a leather keep - a little leather loop made to hold the extra belt strap in place. This isn't a great look because it makes belts look floppy and unkempt. One of the unique benefits of our belt buckle design is that the extra leather tucks on the inside of the belt, giving your outfit a seamless, clean style.
American men's fashion is notoriously lacking. There aren't many options out there for men to express their personality and style. Sure, there are handkerchiefs, shoes, watches, or cufflinks you can accessorize with a suit, but choices are pretty limited if you have a casual style.
Belt buckles are one of the few ways guys can show off their personality in their clothing. Some people think the bigger the belt buckle, the more expressive you can be. Think - huge dinner platter size cowboy belt buckles or rodeo western belt buckles. And sure, a big buckle is a statement piece, but that is kind of old-fashioned. You can earn way more style points with a creative buckle with a cool function, like one of the ones we make.
Belt buckles have been in use since ancient times and have never gone out of fashion. They are an accessory with a purpose. You would be forgiven for thinking Roman buckles from 2000 years ago, like the ones above, were made recently - not much has changed in most belt buckle designs. They all have the same hinged D-shaped buckle with a pin that the belt strap loops through. It is not a bad way to buckle a belt, but there is clearly room for improvement. Fashion has advanced over the years, so should the belt buckle.
The Aged Skeleton Belt Bucklelooks great for an everyday style with jeans.
A good belt buckle is all about the details. The best buckle for you is made with good quality materials, in a finish color to complement the kinds of clothes you like to wear, and paired with the best leather possible. If you use a belt to hold your pants up, the buckle should be sturdy enough to hold up to the stresses of daily use without damaging your belt strap.
If you ask us, traditional belt buckles are a bit boring. They have a fatal design flaw - how you weave the leather strap through the D-buckle breaks your belt down in one spot and makes an ugly-looking wear pattern. Eventually, the leather will tear at that spot, forcing you to buy a new belt. This is especially true of belts made with inferior leather products.
Obscure belt buckles work in a completely different way than other designs. Our patented design is two parts working together - the cool buckle on the outside that you see and click to open, and the special sizing screw that the buckle locks on to on the inside. This unique locking system keeps the stress of day-to-day wear off your leather so it looks great for years. No bending your leather in half to put your belt on, no floppy belt strap. Plus, your belt buckle just looks and works so much cooler than anything else out there.
Now that we answered the most common questions about how to wear mens belt buckles, you can confidently shop our collection of buckle belts to find the perfect one to match your unique style. They make great gifts too! The guys in your life will appreciate getting one of these beauties for an anniversary gift or birthday present. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear about exclusive offers.
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by Bryan Schultz July 23, 2021 5 min read
by Cristina Carrera July 23, 2021 4 min read
by Bryan Schultz July 22, 2021 5 min read
When you buy a leather belt made in America, you get more than just an accessory to finish off your outfit. You are supporting your local economy and ensuring you are getting a quality product that will last for many years.