Belts not only serve their purpose to keep our pants up, but they also function as a fashionable accessory. Most men already own a standard black and brown leather belt. But guys who start getting into menswear discover that there are other options, particularly the more casual, yet still versatile canvas/cloth belt. I dig this kind of belt because it’s stylish, casual and an ideal everyday summer accessory.
THE BEST SUMMER BELTS FOR MEN
You can check out the video below which features Anson Belt & Buckle, a family owned company that sells dress and casual leather belts as well as canvas/cloth options. I’ve been familiar with and wearing their belts since discovering them at a style conference called StyleCon (now Menfluential) in 2016. I’d say 90% of the time I’m rocking an Anson Belt. Over the past year and a half, I’ve been able to get to know David, the co-founder of Anson Belt & Buckle. I can’t thank him enough for the support he’s shown me since I started my blog. He even contributed to my round-up post on 57 Reasons To Be A Modern-Day Gentleman last year.
David was kind enough to send over a few belts so that I could demonstrate how they work and share some of the advantages of wearing Anson belts.
In this article, I’m going to show you a few visual examples of how I’ve been styling the canvas belt in the summertime and how you can too.
THE WOVEN CLOTH BELT
The woven cloth belt is one of my favorites. Aside from my Anson belts, this woven belt (from Old Navy I believe) in beige gets heavy rotation this time of year because it pairs so easily with most of my casual summer getups. I think every man should have at least one cloth, D-Ring belt in his arsenal. This belt in particular is called a D-Ring belt because the metal is in the shape of the letter “D”.
You can wear one with jeans or with shorts and boat shoes or with sneakers. Feel free to match your belt with the color of your shoes, but it’s not a hard and fast rule. Canvas/cloth belts lean casual, so it’s not necessary to match colors like you would with a more formal leather belt and dress shoes.
THE WEBBED CLOTH BELT
SHOP THIS LOOK—Belt: Asquith & Fox (similar) (alternative – cloth) | Blazer: J. Crew (budget alternative 1), (budget alternative 2) | Shirt: Indochino (more) | Shorts: Old Navy (similar) | Shoes: J. Crew (alternative) | Sunglasses: Ray Ban (budget alternative) | Bracelet: Taft | Socks: Ninja Sox (alternative 1), (alternative 2)
A second type of belt that’s good for any man to have is a webbed cloth belt with stripes in a color that’s in-line with your overall look. I like the navy and red combination particularly because it’s got nautical, preppy vibes that’s been more of my aesthetic over the past few years.
Since it’s preppy, I tend to wear this belt with a blazer and I think it works well because it dresses down the outfit, making the blazer more appropriate with shorts and the whole summer vibe.
SHOP THIS LOOK—Belt: Asquith & Fox (similar) (alternative – cloth) | Blazer: J. Crew (budget alternative 1), (budget alternative 2) | Shirt: Indochino (more) | Shorts: Old Navy (similar) | Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (budget alternative) | Sunglasses: Sunny Rebel via Gentleman’s Box | Pocket Square: Gentleman’s Box | Watch: Timex | Watch Strap: Cheapest Nato Straps | Socks: Ninja Sox (alternative 1), (alternative 2)
You can rock it with boat shoes or with sneakers, a polo shirt or a patterned button up. For bonus points, match the accent color of the belt to another color that you’re wearing, for example the red trim on my pocket square in the image above.
ANSON BELT & BUCKLE (CANVAS STRAPS)
Though I still own and wear regular canvas belts—over the past year and a half—I’ve been leaning towards the ratchet belt. If you don’t know, it’s a micro-adjustable belt without any holes. There are many benefits to this type of belt.
If you’re like me then you tend to fall between the belt holes, it’s either a bit too loose or a bit too tight. With a ratchet belt, this is no longer an issue because the mechanism allows you to micro-adjust to a quarter of an inch, so you’ll always have the right size, even if your waistline fluctuates throughout the day, say after that big dinner you just had.
NAVY CANVAS STRAP BELT
Canvas and cloth belts are an essential for summer. They’re both casual and fun. Similar to my blazer color recommendations, the colors I recommend for your first canvas belt would be either navy or gray. Not only are they subtle, but they are two of the more versatile colors that will go with a variety of different looks.
Here, the navy strap picks up some of the blues from the shirt while playing nicely with the tan shorts. Navy and brown remain two of my favorite color combinations.
The navy strap is a perfect match with the navy boat shoes. It’s nice to match ’em, but it’s not critical when it comes to canvas belts, since they are much more casual than leather. Of course you know the rule of thumb to match the leather color of your shoes to the leather of your belt.
I went with canvas on canvas action with the belt and watch strap. And in this case, I used the canvas belt to dress down the more formal blazer, making for a casually cool summer look.
GRAY CANVAS STRAP BELT
For this next look, I opted for the gray (graphite) canvas belt with their traditional, now iconic Anson “A” belt buckle in gun metal. I paired it with casual sneakers, a breton striped shirt and patriotic, striped canvas watch strap for a classic, nautical, “prepster” kind of vibe.
This is one of my favorite belt straps at the moment because of how versatile it is. I can wear it casually with a light sweater and a polo and with a silver or gold buckle.
STRIPED CANVAS STRAP BELT
This final belt is a green-red striped canvas strap belt with a cloth trim. A striped belt is a great way to add a little pop of color to your look. It’s more fun than a neutral colored canvas belt like the navy and gray above. If you’re rocking a striped belt, it would serve you well to keep the rest of your outfit more subdued to let the belt shine.
I like this belt because the green and red are grounded by the neutral, earthy colors so it doesn’t look like full on Christmas up in here. It’s reminiscent of the iconic Gucci stripe, actually.
If you’re a man of details, (which I am sure you are) then you can play the mix and match game like I did. Just like the belt and watch combos above, I matched the buckle to the bezel. In this case a matte finish silver buckle to the bezel of the watch. Clean and supreme.
IN THE END
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Canvas belts are as versatile as they are stylish. Whether you’re rocking with Anson or not, canvas/cloth belts are the best summer belts that complement a myriad of casual summer looks. I hope this article helped to show you how you can style the canvas belt this summer.
ARE CANVAS BELTS A PART OF YOUR SUMMER WARDROBE?
Let’s continue the discussion over in the Gentlemen Within Private Facebook Community.
Looking forward to seeing you in there.
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