The latest trends in formal belts for men

By July 8, 2022 Uncategorized

A leather belt is a must-have accessory in everyone’s wardrobe, naturally it serves a practical purpose and should feel comfortable; but looking stylish is important too.

In this blog, we’ll look at the latest trends influencing buying decisions, to help you stock popular men’s formal belts ranges:

Classic look

A traditional full grain one piece belt is a wardrobe staple that will never go out of style. It looks smart and continues to be really popular as it’s durable, sturdy and will complement any suit.

Vintage inspired, brown belts with square buckles, are proving to be particularly popular.

High Gloss

A smooth glossy belt works really well with formal wear and looks particularly stylish when paired with patent shoes, making it a must-have accessory!

Subtle buckle

A simple one prong buckle lets the suit do the talking. Many find an overstated belt buckle is less versatile and a bit excessive.

Shoppers want to create a cohesive look, so it’s important to offer a range of buckle metals, so customers can choose a buckle that will match their other metal accessories, for instance, their watch and cufflinks.


Traditional black or brown belts continue to be popular, but tan belts also look very stylish with formal wear.

There is a growing trend towards using belts to add a splash of colour and create a bolder look.

Contrasting stitching

Belts with contrasting stitching help to make a statement by subtly adding a second colour tone. This style is popular with those wanting a unique, sophisticated look.

Reversible belts

High quality reversible belts are particularly popular and a very versatile accessory, as it’s effectively two belts in one! This lets customers match their belt easily with their outfit and shoes, without the added cost of buying another belt.


Although smooth belts give a highly desirable finish and for many is their go-to belt style, textured belts are becoming increasingly popular for a slightly more casual look, in particular braided belts, woven together from strips of soft leather.

Belts incorporating subtle chevron or geometric repeating patterns, as well as supple brown suede cowboy and embellished belts are also making an impact.

Belt styles at Oxford Leathercraft

At Oxford Leathercraft, we have a wide range of both casual and formal belts that are excellent for providing your customers with variety and choice.

Crafted using our nearly 50 years’ of experience, our belts are made to the highest quality and standards, resulting in a premier product.

To view our full range of belts, you can visit our online store here.

For more advice on the most popular ranges available at Oxford Leathercraft, you can also contact our dedicated team on 01865 407100 or email


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