How to measure a man's belt

Written by denise sullivan
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How to measure a man's belt
Measure a man's belt to get the right fit. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you need to buy a new man's belt, take a few minutes to check your size before heading to the store. The easiest way to verify your belt size is to measure an old belt that you know already fits, then convert the raw measurement. Men's belt sizing is often confusing because the actual waist measurement is not used. Because each belt is adjustable, belt size is more of a rough approximation than an exact length.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper

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  1. 1

    Lay the belt on a table, bed or other flat surface. Measure the belt from the inside edge of the buckle to the belt loop you prefer when wearing the belt.

  2. 2

    Round up the raw measurement from Step 1 to the nearest centimetre.

  3. 3

    Convert the measurement from Step 2 into a men's belt size. If your waist measures between 70 and 72.5 cm (28 and 29 inches), choose a size 30 belt. If your waist measurement is between 75 and 77.5 cm (30 and 31 inches), look for a size 32 belt. For measurements between 80 and 82.5 cm (32 and 33 inches), a size 34 is best. Purchase a size 36 belt if your waist measurement is between 85 and 87.5 cm (34 and 35) and a size 38 belt if it is between 90 and 92.5 cm (36 and 37 inches). Waist measurements between 95 and 97.5 cm (38 and 39 inches) correspond to a size 40 men's belt.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also put on a pair of trousers that fit your waist well and wrap a tape measure around your body at the level of your belt loops to get your waist measurement.
  • Choose a belt that is less than 3.8 cm (1 1/2) inches wide if you are attending a formal event.

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