Keep in mind!
- Belts usually come in even sizes - 30, 32, 34, 36 inches...
- Err on the side of too big! If you get a belt that is a bit too big, you can take it to a leather/saddle/cobbler shop and have them punch in another hole. Or just do it yourself with a sharp knife, ice pick, or similar. But if your belt is too small, there's nothing to do but return or exchange it...bummer.
- For a perfect fit, your buckle should attach to the center hole. (There are usually 5 holes in a belt.)
The very best method
If you already have a belt that you like to wear, it is best to use it to figure out your size...
1) lay your belt out flat
2) measure, in inches, from the hook, D-rings, snaps, etc. (basically, wherever your buckle holds onto the belt)
to the hole that you use (or whatever part of the belt "hooks" with the buckle)
3) the measurement you get is your belt size - that's it!
Other ways to do it
But perhaps you're buying a belt because you don't have one now. Here are a couple of tips...
- If you are a guy or a girl who wears pants with a waist measurement in inches, the rule of thumb is to add 2 inches to that to get your belt size... 30 inch jean waste + 2 inches = 32 inch belt size. And remember, if you are not sure, choose the size up!
- Try on your best friend's belt, check out the size, and just add or subtract the inches that you need for it to fit.