How to Size Men's Belts

by Kathryn Hatter

While you may not give your belt much consideration, a belt can be an integral accessory that enhances your style. Make sure your belt is the proper width and length to ensure it fits well and complements your clothing. Strive to match your belt color with your shoe color to create a uniform appearance. Size men’s belts carefully so you have an attractive belt that is comfortable to wear.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • Existing belt
  • Pencil
  • Paper

Measure a Belt

Step 1

Measure a belt you already have that fits well and has a belt buckle in a size you like. Place the end of the tape measure at the point where the buckle connects to the belt and measure along the belt to the hole you use when you buckle the belt.

Step 2

Round this measurement to the nearest ½-inch increment and write it down.

Step 3

Purchase a new size 30 belt to replace a belt between 28.5 and 30 inches; a size 32 belt to replace a belt between 30.5 and 32; a size 34 belt to replace a belt between 32.5 and 34; a size 36 belt to replace a belt between 34.5 and 36; a size 38 belt to replace a belt between 36.5 and 38 and a size 40 belt to replace a belt between 38.5 and 40.

Measure the Waist

Step 1

Wear a pair of pants that fit you well that have belt loops where you like to wear them.

Step 2

Measure around your waist at the point where the belt loops encircle your waist.

Step 3

Round up to the nearest inch and write down this measurement on paper.

Step 4

Purchase a new size 30 belt for waist measurements between 28 and 29; a size 32 belt for measurements between 30 and 31; a size 34 belt for measurements between 32 and 33; a size 36 belt for measurements between 34 and 35; a size 38 belt for measurements between 36 and 37 and a size 40 belt for measurements between 38 and 39.


  • Belts with widths 1.5 inches and under are suitable for formal wear. Belts with widths more than 1.5 inches are suitable for casual wear.

Photo Credits

  • Artem Kononenko/Demand Media

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.