When it comes to wedding attire, it’s all about the accessories for men. From the tie to the cufflinks, these components are a great way to tell the story of your style—and belts are no exception. Second, to neckties, belts are perhaps the most important accessory in men’s formal wear as they can be “the entire closing point that ‘buckles’ up a look,” says expert Jeni Elizabeth. “No matter what design or color, a belt finishes a suit—it completes the look in a classy and sophisticated (or fun) manner,” Elizabeth adds.
Meet the Expert
Jeni Elizabeth is an E! News commerce style expert, lifestyle reporter, and a network & celebrity wardrobe stylist.
With so much pressure put on the belt, making a selection for your big day—or as a wedding guest—is a bit tricky. And, while it would be nice if every suit came with its own corresponding belt, the next best thing is having someone do the work for you. That’s where we come in. We heard your frustrations and went on a major deep dive, putting together a comprehensive list of the best leather belts to rock at a wedding, whether you’re the groom or guest.
See our picks of best leather belts ahead.
Best Dressy: Gucci Leather Belt With Squared Buckle
If you’re looking for a dressier belt, it’s almost always best to go with something designer. The quality alone helps tie your look together while the style is an added plus. Our favorite pick for the best dressy belt is this squared buckle belt from Gucci. The thin black leather strap makes it the perfect choice for a pair of dress pants while its geometric buckle design adds a handsome touch. And, while Gucci is known to adorn its designs in the designer’s iconic logo, we love that this buckle takes a more subtle approach with a small etching of the iconic logo, that way it doesn’t draw too much attention from the rest of your look.
Best Budget: Amazon Essentials Classic Dress Belt
Finding a high-quality belt on a budget isn’t too much of a challenge, but finding one for around $15 feels like a major win. This Amazon Essentials dress belt features a classic design, comes top-rated by almost 4,000 customers, and is available in a wide range of sizes with a choice of black, dark brown, and tan, so you can find the perfect match for your wedding day ensemble.
Price at time of publish: $20 for size 32
Best Designer: Saint Laurent Monogram Leather Belt
If you’re going designer for your wedding day belt, choosing one that feels timeless is key. We love this black leather belt by the iconic Saint Laurent for its quality, sophistication, and classy design. Another reason why it’s a top pick is that while it’s obvious that it’s designer, the classic YSL logo isn’t too over-the-top.
Price at time of publish: $525
Best Extended Sizing: Men’s Wearhouse Black Double Loop Leather Belt
This Men’s Wearhouse belt made our top list not only for its range of sizes but because it is of great quality with an even greater price to match. Made from full-grain Italian leather and designed with double loops for a subtle stylish touch, this belt is a great piece, whether you’re a guest, a groomsman, or the groom.
Price at time of publish: $40
Best All-Black: Banana Republic Reversible Italian Leather Belt
All black is so slick and this belt has the stitching to match. Designed with a modern buckle and Italian leather, you can’t go wrong with this all-black choice. And, to make it even more appealing, the belt is actually reversible, switching from black to brown.
Best for the Bold Groom: Versace Medusa Buckle Reversible Leather Belt
For the groom who wants to make a bold statement on their wedding day, this Versace Medusa belt is sure to do the trick. We love the belt for its versatility with a solid black side that can easily be switched over to the iconic Greca chain print if you’re feeling extra bold. The belt buckle alone is enough to make a statement and the strap is a fun way to tone it up or down, depending on your preference.
Most Versatile: The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s Hi-Lo Reversible Belt
When it comes to a versatile belt, you can’t go wrong with something reversible. We recommend going for something a little more classic, such as this Bloomingdales's belt with its silver square buckle and hardware and the option to choose between the black or brown leather sides.
Price at time of publish: $70
Best Black: Cole Haan Gramercy Leather Belt
If black on black isn’t your vibe but you still want to wear the best black belt on your wedding day, we’ve got you covered. This traditional black belt from Cole Haan featured a silver square buckle and sleek leather strap, creating a look that is elegant and timeless.
Price at time of publish: $70
Best Brown: Magnanni Carbon Leather Belt
This Magnanni belt’s hand-burnished leather gives it luxe and velvety feel and is a top pick for its stunning craftsmanship, color, and beautiful silver hardware.
Price at time of publish: $150
Best Braided: Nisolo Talia Braided Belt
If you’re headed to the beach or somewhere tropical for your big day, your wedding day ensemble might call for something a little more casual. Enter: The braided leather belt. This one from Nisolo comes top-rated by customers and is available in a variety of colors, making it even easier to add your flair.
Price at time of publish: $60
Best Casual: Tommy Bahama Braided Inlay Leather Belt
A full-braided belt might not be appropriate for a wedding not located on the beach but that doesn’t mean you can’t still bring in its casual touch. This belt is a blend of texture with is slick leather strap featuring a braided center inlay.
Best Raw Leather: Tanner Goods Heritage Belt
If you’re going for a raw leather belt, you want something that feels handmade but boasts a lot of sophistication. We love this one because not only does its natural tan color add a nice touch to a wedding day look, but you can choose between four different belt buckle medals to create the perfect match for your big day.
Price at time of publish: $125
Best Vegan Leather: Bershka Faux Leather Belt in Tan
When shopping for a vegan leather belt, you want something that still feels and looks high-quality. We love this option from Berskha at Asos because it boasts the same look and feel as leather without actually being leather. Additionally, the black hardware gives it an elevated touch.
Price at time of publish: $13
Best Tooled: Ariat Filigree Stripe Belt
Who says you can’t have fun with your wedding day style? For those rocking a pair of cowboy boots on their big day, a matching tooled belt is a must. We love this one from Ariat because it has that Western feel with a dressier, more upscale approach.
Price at time of publish: $59
Best Suede: Banana Republic Raw Edge Suede Belt
If casual is more your style, you can still bring on the sophistication with a suede belt. We chose this one from Banana Republic for our list because it has a smooth surface that is reminiscent of regular leather with a soft and buttery texture. On top of that, it’s the perfect balance between casual and dressy, making it a great choice for wedding attire.
What to Look for When Buying a Leather Belt
“There are so many options for belts these days but, most importantly, the length must be accurate,” says Elizabeth. “One of the biggest mistakes you can make with a belt is buying it too long,” she explains. “You never want to ‘re-loop’ so always make sure you’re sizing correctly because odds are you will not take it to be altered.”
Shopping for a belt to wear with a suit is much different than shopping for a belt to wear with jeans. “Always think about the width of your loop,” says Elizabeth. “The loop on denim is much more forgiving and larger than a suit pant,” she adds, noting that you should make sure your belt “is not pulling through the loop,” meaning looking too snug in the loop space.
In addition to the length of the belt and loop size, Elizabeth says that personal style is important to consider. With so many options available, choosing the right belt “depends very much on who you are as a person and the statement or style you are looking for with your day and the memory,” says Elizabeth. Choosing a belt that feels most like you is key.
How Are Belts Measured?
As far as how men’s belts are measured goes, Elizabeth says “the heel of the buckle to the middle hole is the size of the belt.” She recommends grabbing a tape measure to figure out your size and length and says “you can always mimic your waist size or jump a size up, but standardly that distance should, at minimum, be your waist size.”
How Do You Match Belts with a Suit?
“I think the word match is very loose these days,” says Elizabeth. “Your look needs to be you and tell a story—your belt is the closing piece to your argument of who you are,” she adds, noting that it doesn’t need to be perfectly matched. With that said, Elizabeth says to look to your shirt (or even your tie) to match your belt to vs. your suit. “Do not buy the same color belt as your suit,” she explains, adding that a belt is best matched with “your personality, not the threads.”
Do Belts and Shoes Need to Match?
In general, Elizabeth says that belts and shoes do not need to match as, these days, fashion is all about “taking risks” and leaning into personal style. That being said, there is one rule about matching belts and shoes that she advises sticking with. “The one general fashion law that has stuck and should always stick is black and navy,” says Elizabeth, explaining how it’s a no-no to mix the two. “If the colors are similar in shade, it gives off the idea that you thought they were the same [color],” says Elizabeth.
Why Trust Brides?
Contributing writer Jessie Quinn has a bachelor's degree in fashion journalism. From working in the fashion closet and interviewing designers at NYLON Magazine to now writing about the best style trends for various publications—including, Byrdie, Brides, The Zoe Report, Bustle, and more—Jessie researches and sources the best fashion finds for readers. When researching the best leather belts for men, Jessie had versatility top of mind. After all, a belt can be worn for any occasion and, if you’re going to invest in a good one, you want to get the most use out of it.