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Mens belts were originally designed for a purely functional purpose, and date back to the bronze age, however took prominence as a fashionable decorative accessory towards the end of the 19th century, as part of the military uniform. They became a way to divide the uniform, with a shiny eye catching belt buckle, but also to draw in the waist, making the man look sleeker and more athletic, emphasising the size of the mans shoulders and chest.
Skipping ahead to modern day, and as the traditional trouser line on a man dropped from the high waist to hip height, the belt proved more of a fashionable accessory than functional waist clincher. Prior to the 1920’s, trousers didn’t even have belt loops, so the men’s belt we all know today had no association with formal menswear.
A belt still has functional benefit today, acting as a way holding the trousers in position, and also as a way of further pinning a dress shirt in place when tucked into smart trousers or chinos, but the way it looks and matches other items of the outfit is more important now than ever.
We’ve created the perfect range of leather belt colours and styles to match with whatever your outfit tastes. Check out our mens leather belt above, and finish off that outfit, properly.