The belt is a ubiquitous accessory in a man’s wardrobe that is more versatile than almost every other accessory for men. Interestingly, belt is the one of the very few men’s accessories that can be worn for any kind of attire. Despite that, belts are underrated and not paid the attention they deserve. But the right belt can do wonders to your outfit. It is the most comfortable yet aesthetic accessory to hold your pants in place. One of the most popular kinds of belts currently is the automatic belt, also known as the ratchet belts or smart belts. Here is all you need to know about automatic leather ratchet buckle belts.

What is an Automatic/Ratchet Belt?

It is a kind of belt that ratchets down to the desired size by using a buckle mechanism that locks the belt into place. The belt stays in place with a series of teeth and a latch held in place by magnets instead of the traditional peg and holes that most belts use. These kinds of belts have a sleeker and cleaner aesthetic than their standard buckle counterparts.

Types of Automatic Belts - Casual vs. Formal

Just like any other belt, automatic belts can also be classified into casual and formal. Formal belts typically have smaller and flatter buckle than casual belts. While black and brown are the accepted colors for formals, casual belts can be worn in a multitude of colors like tan, olive, blue, navy, white, etc.

While casual belts come in various materials such as canvas, webbing, vinyl and leather, formal belts are only leather. Whichever material you choose, you can further experiment with styles when it comes to casual belts. You can be more expressive with them and even get something quirky; or you could emphasize one element or the other. You will find an assortment of styles like textured belts, bold colors and fancy buckles.

How should you wear your Belt?

The most basic rule that you’ve probably heard about belts is that you should match the color of your belt with your shoes. You should stick to that rule especially with formal attire. In contrast (quite literally), in case of casual outfits, you don’t have to necessarily match the color of your belt and shoes. But in that case, you should maintain a good contrast.

Moreover, your belt should also go well with your outfit. Neutral colors (black, white, shades of gray, navy, olive and shades of brown) will go with almost anything. If your outfit is largely in warm or fall tones, go for a brown belt preferably.

Remember this guide to pair your belt with the rest of your outfit:

  • Shoes and outfits on the black / white scale (white shoes, light grey shoes, dark grey shoes, black shoes) pair well with a black belt
  • Shoes and outfits with dark and vibrant tones (navy, dark green, dark purple), or warm, fall tones (brown, burgundy, tan / cognac, rust orange, mustard yellow) go with a brown belt.

 Ratchet belts are immensely popular due to their comfort. Shop for leather ratchet buckle belts here.