How Do I Measure My Belt and Waist Size: A Step-by-Step Guide

by melissa whillas May 23, 2023

A well-fitted belt not only adds style to your outfit, but also serves to keep your trousers up. A good belt should have good form and function, and the latter is dependent on a good belt fit. To achieve the perfect fit, it's essential to measure your belt size correctly. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of measuring your belt size accurately, to ensure you can confidently choose the right belt for your needs.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Measure a Belt Correctly

Step 1: Gather the necessary tools

Before you begin, gather the following tools: a flexible measuring tape, a pen or marker, and a flat surface to work on.

Step 2: Determine where you'll wear your belt

Decide whether you'll be wearing the belt around your waist or hips. This will impact the measurement technique, as they often vary in size.

Step 3: Measure an existing belt

If you have a belt that fits you well, you can use it as a reference. Lay the belt flat on the surface and measure from the point where the buckle meets the leather (excluding the buckle) to the hole you most frequently use or the middle hole if you’re unsure.

Step 4: Measure your waist or hips for waist measurement

Wrap the measuring tape around your waist, where you usually wear your belt. Make sure the tap fits snugly, but not too tight. Ensure the tape is parallel to the ground and not twisted. Take note of the measurement.

Step 5: CM vs Inches

When it comes to measuring belt sizes, it's important to understand the difference between centimeters and inches. Centimeters (cm) and inches (in) are two commonly used units of measurement for belts. While centimeters provide a precise metric measurement, inches are conventionally used in belt sizing. When converting from centimeters to inches, 1 centimeter is approximately equal to 0.39 inches. This means that if your belt measurement is given in centimeters, you can divide it by 2.54 to obtain the equivalent measurement in inches.

Step 6: Refer to a belt size chart

Consult a belt size chart to find the corresponding belt size based on your waist or hip measurement.

A Handy Conversion Size Chart

 Mens Belt Sizing

European Belt Size (cm)

International Size MEN

Waist Size (cm)

US Belt Size (inches)

Waist Size (inches)

Jeans Size

70

-

-

-

-

-

75

XS

67-71

30″

27-28

28

80

S

72-76

32″

29-30

30

85

S/M

77-81

34“

31-32

32

90

M

82-86

36“

33-34

34

95

M/L

87-91

38“

35-36

36

100

L

92-96

40“

37-38

38

105

XL

97-101

42“

39-40

40

110

XL

102-106

44“

41-42

42

 

Use the measurements you obtained to determine your belt size. Most belts are sized in inches, so round your waist or hip measurement up to the nearest inch.

Step 7: What is a 7-hole belt?

A 7-hole belt offers you more leeway. las we know one’s waist size can fluctuate from season to season. A 7-Hole belt is more adjustable than a 5 hole belt giving you a better chance to fit you perfectly, with more options.

Step 8: Try it on and make adjustments if necessary

Once you have purchased a belt based on your measured size, try it on. Buckle the belt to the middle hole and check for a comfortable fit. You should have some room for adjustment, with the ability to fasten the belt in either direction for flexibility. It should fit snug, but be allowed to move across the waist slightly.

Measuring your belt size accurately is crucial for achieving a perfect fit and ensuring both style and functionality. By following these step-by-step instructions, you can confidently measure your belt size and select the right belt for your needs. Remember, it's always better to have a slightly longer belt that can be adjusted, rather than one that is too short. The key is when in doubt, size up. Now that you know how to measure your belt size correctly, we invite you to take a look at our selection of belts, with a variety perfect for any occasion and whim.




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