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Coolest Belts for 2021 - Men's Fashion Trends and Tips

by Cristina Carrera July 02, 2021 6 min read

Obscure Belts makes the best belts for men. Casual leather belts for jeans.

The fashion world is always changing, and especially after the craziness of last year, it can be hard to know what the trends are in 2021. It's time to throw out the rulebook and use fashion accessories to express your own personal style, whatever it may be.

There are many different types of belts out there that you can wear with your outfits – from the classic utilitarian belt to the futuristic belt. The best way to find your perfect match is by considering what type of clothing you'll be pairing it with most often. Keep reading for our recommendations on which belt styles will work best with different types of clothing.


Table of Contents

  1. Best Tech Wear Belts
  2. Best Industrial Belt
  3. Best Goth Fashion Belt
  4. Best Belts for Jeans
  5. Best Classic Belts
  6. Best Belt for Futuristic Clothing
  7. Coolest Minimalist Belt
  8. Best Belts for a Suit
  9. Best Waist Belts
  10. What Belts Not to Buy


What makes the best and coolest belts?

When shopping for stylish belts, two components make up your look - the leather belt and the belt buckle. Search for leather goods brands that use durable, high quality materials in their belts and can make you a size that fits your waist. Cool belts will make you stand out in a crowded world of boring sameness.

It’s okay if you don't know exactly what you are looking for. Obscure Belts makes a collection of stylish belts and cool belt buckles handmade with exceptional quality materials at affordable prices. No matter what your style is, we make a belt to match it.


Best Tech Wear Belt - Android

The Techwear fashion trend is rooted in a futuristic and industrial approach to materials, with a focus on durability, comfort, mobility, and protection. The Aged Android is exactly that - a belt designed to look like it's from the future, with a shape and function unlike anything else on the market, and built with high-quality leather and metal to last for years. The belt buckle is easy and fun to open - just push the button or turn the lever to unlock it. We love wearing this belt to complete an outfit of Crisiswear's futuristic clothing.

Aged Android Belt on Black Leather with Crisiswear Gear. Photo by Kent Ward

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Best Industrial Belt- The Excalibur

Those after an edgy, but elegant look won't go wrong with the Excalibur Belt. It is a statement piece, blending the looks of an industrial belt with our signature Grey Rough Rider distressed leather. This special leather is a very durable and tough material that develops a patina with time. The Excalibur uses our patented locking pin belt buckle to form a look that's out of this world. We recommend wearing this bold accessory with denim jeans or leather pants.

the excalibur belt worn with denim trousers is a great style for utilitarian fashion. price $105

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Best Belt for Goth Outfit - Black-Ops Fractal on Black Leather Belt

If you gravitate towards a goth fashion aesthetic, the Black-Ops Fractal belt has all the matte black and leather qualities you've been looking for. It has the look of a tactical belt, and when paired with a slate grey or black belt strap it is the perfect accessory to create your signature goth or cyberpunk outfit. Click the quick release button on the bottom of the buckle to unlock it.

Black-Ops Fractal belt has a goth cyberpunk style. Wear it with a futuristic clothing. price $105

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Best Belts for Jeans- Aged and Brass Enigma on Distressed Grey Leather Belt

Everyone should have a go-to belt to wear with their favorite denim jeans. The Enigma buckle has a unique mix of antique silver and antique brass buckle that looks good on black, brown, or distressed grey leather. The Enigma is eye-catching, yet versatile enough to wear daily with blue jeans. It features a button on the bottom of the belt buckle to click it open. There is no logo or other brand tag on the front of the buckle, adding to its enigmatic design.

antique silver and brass enigma leather belt with denim, street wear mens accessories

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Best Classic Belt - The Dial

The Series 7 Dial Belt is one of our best belts for men over the last fifteen years. The fashionable buckle is a simple and sleek statement piece available in three color options. Its versatility will look great with many different styles - classy satin gunmetal for the office, distressed off white Stone finish casual belt with jeans, or a luxe looking Space finish.
The belt features our logo on the front and a unique and artistic design on the back. If your everyday clothing tends to be on the simple side, the Dial's distinct design is the perfect accessory to wear to add a little more style and amp up your fashion game. This is a great gift for people who appreciate the engineering behind everyday objects.

the dial belts are cool fashionable accessories for men

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Best Belt for Futuristic Outfits - Stone Fractal Belt Buckle

For those inspired by cyberpunk fashion and futuristic clothing, the Stone Fractal belt's distinct style is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. The buckle had an angular, edgy design with a distressed off-white finish that looks straight out of the apocalypse. Each belt is handmade to order in a range of leather colors to fit your favorite outfit, like the Crisiswear pants below. Like all our belt buckle designs, the Fractal has a new tech way of opening - push the quick-release trigger on the bottom to open your belt.

Stone Fractal belts have an off white finish. These are very cool techwear belts to wear with Crisiswear pants

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Coolest Minimalist Belt - the Skeleton

We designed the Skeleton belt with a minimalist aesthetic in mind. It has a simple, easy to understand design without any extra ornamentation, yet exudes a stealthy coolness you won't find in another belt. You will love its lightweight design and the reliable way it works - just click the button to open it. These understated belts look great with a wide range of clothing and can be worn by anyone.

Skeleton belts are on trend with a minimalist design and features a quick release button

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Best Belt for a Suit - Micron

If you're ready to get back to the office, the Micron leather belt's James Bond-esque style pairs perfectly with a suit and tie. The narrow leather belt strap fits through the belt loops of dress pants and the tip of the belt tucks underneath for a clean look and no unsightly floppy belt strap. The Micron is our best men's belts to give as a wedding party gift or groomsmen gift and the coolest belt for a more dressed-up formal look for men.

micron men's belts look great for business style and is a great gift for him

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Best Waist Belts - the Ohm Leather Belts

The Ohm Belts are the perfect waist belt to wear with a dress at your natural waistline or on your hips. The length of the belt tail can be worn tipped down to accentuate the waist. The belt buckle is designed after the Ohm symbol, meaning peace and serenity. The all black Black Chrome version looks great for a goth look for men or women. The more elaborate design of the Ohm 2.0 buckle on Brown Leather Belt has a cool boho chic flair.

ohm leather belt wrapped around a dress at the waist. All belts can be shipped to the United Kingdom.
ohm 2.0 belt on  pinstripe dress. ohm belts are the perfect waist belts

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What belts not to buy

There are a couple of things you will never see in our lineup of leather belts. We will never make a reversible belt or one with an easily detachable belt buckle. There is a good reason for this decision - our brand ethos is to create high quality belts that are durable and tough enough to stand up to years of use in the real world. While reversible belts might seem like they have more range, they are made with thin, cheap material, like bonded or genuine leather that will break down in a short time. And the more you change your belt buckle the more likely it is to break.

don't buy reversible belts. Reversible belts are crap. Buy belts that are made to last.
This is a crappy genuine leather belt. Don't waste your money on this garbage.


It's time to dust the cobwebs off your wardrobe!

Whether you're ready to rock a tech wear belt for the first time ever, or just want to level up your jeans and a t-shirt game, we've got a belt that will fit your style. If we've inspired you to update your wardrobe for 2021, head over to our store site to shop our entire collection of cool belts for men and women.

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