I’ve been thinking about casual belts for men, mainly because I keep seeing a lot of guys in Singapore wearing their workday belts with their chinos or jeans for the weekend and it’s just off, especially when there is so much choice available. One of the belts I really like and think hasn’t been given the attention it deserves is the D-ring.
It’s usually a canvas piece with two brass D-rings at the end which is fastened by looping the end of the belt through both and then looping back through the first ring. Some also come in sturdy grosgrain ribbon or in supple leather versions for a slightly dressier touch. What they have in common though is that they are simple and and fuss-free—there is no need for belt holes which means that you can fit it to size easily enough.The best part? They can be very affordable (ok the Missoni one is pricey).
Here are a few that I like:
This royal blue canvas piece from french brand APC is classic, utilitarian and adds a nice pop of colour to khaki chinos.
Polo is great at nailing inspirational American casual. And by that I mean the slightly nostalgic pioneer spirit when early settlers used to ride horses and build towns in their denims and flannel. You don’t have to do all that work though, you could just buy into that worn, weathered adventure-look with this double D-ring leather belt (at least that is the slick dream that Polo is selling us.. and it’s working) Heck, the brass even has a touch of verdigris to make it look like it used to belong to someone’s mustang-riding/cattle-roping grandpa. That aside, it’s a pretty cool belt and would go great with denim jeans.
These two are my favourites and I have included both here because they are BOTH great. For the simple reason that they are exactly why D-ring belts rock—affordable, easy, interesting use of material and perfect to set off a casual outfit without looking like you a trying too hard. I especially like the fact that the pink has a subtle pattern woven into the canvas so it’s a step up from the usual solid-coloured canvas belts. Likewise, the khaki striped one means you can wear it with shorts, chinos, denim etc because its neutral colour way is so versatile.
One thing you should NEVER do though is cheap out and buy a pleather or faux leather belt. Especially in Singapore. First off, it looks cheap (because it is) and secondly, it will disintegrate after a couple of wears. Singapore is hot and humid and fake leather does not age well. Go with canvas or real leather and get your money’s worth. My leather belts cut from a strip of whole leather might have been more expensive but they’ve lasted the past eight years and look better than ever.