One of our most frequently asked questions is “How do I find my belt size?” Depending on the type of belt you’re looking for, methods can vary, so we’re going to break down 3 easy and quick ways to to find your perfect fit.
The easiest -though not the most accurate- way to find your belt size is to add 2 to your current pant size. For example, if you’re a size 34, your belt size is 36. This is quick and simple in a pinch, but has it’s drawbacks.
Unfortunately, your pant size can vary based on the brand, or how much your favorite pair have stretched over time. Washing and frequent wear can affect the fit of your clothing, so use this method at your own risk.
A more accurate method is to measure your waist with a measuring tape. The size of the belt corresponds to the number of inches between the edge of the belt nearest the buckle to the center hole. Therefore, match your waist measurement in inches or centimeters to the closest available belt size.
When using this method, you want to make sure you stand up tall, but relaxed, and have the measuring tape snugly around your waist.
The most accurate method, and the one we recommend, is to measure a belt you already own. Find the length from the edge of the belt to the hole that fits you best. When you buy your new belt based on this measurement, the middle hole should fit you the best, giving you the room to move up or down the belt if needed.
We like this method because, like your favorite pants, a belt can stretch and wear over time, but your measurement will still be accurate.
For stretch belts and braided belts that don't have traditional holes, we recommend a similar method. The diagram above shows the length of a braided belt compared to the length of a standard belt of a corresponding size. While a standard belt size corresponds to the middle hole, a braided belt measurement corresponds to the end of the usable area of the belt.
Bear in mind, a braided belt can stretch up to two extra inches, and the buckle can be worn along the full length of the belt. This is a great option if you find yourself needing more flexibility.
Now that you know how to find your belt size, find your perfect belt at BeltOutlet.com.