Belts come in various styles-fabric used, color, prints, and weave patterns-but in this article, we shall focus on the belt buckle and how it affects a man’s fashion sense. Buckles say much about the type of man you are-from the posh, pretty, and proper, to the adventurous, devil-may-care, and rugged.
A buckle is typically made of metal because it needs to be strong. That same reason makes it look strong, respectable, and responsible. After all, it holds things together and is at the center of everything (horizontally: of the belt and of the body; vertically: of the body) just like a man. On the contrary, a real man holds his family together and is at the center of operations from whatever profession he has.
Although used by both sexes, history tells us that buckles were rarely used in female fashion with the exception of the early Middle Ages.
There is no limit to what one can do to stylize a belt buckle. It can be made from really expensive materials such as platinum, gold, bronze, and silver. It can also be made to accommodate precious stones and accessories. There is nothing wrong with wearing a luxurious buckle especially if you are the type who can afford one.
More recently, western-style belt buckles have had a reincarnation in the fashion world. Western belt buckles feature extravagant designs and carvings mimicking graphics that pertain to the cowboy lifestyle. They are usually oval in shape and look great with the classic shirt, jeans, and boots look.
There is also a market for custom-made buckles where there is no limit in styles, materials, and designs.
Apart from the aforementioned kinds of buckles, there are also the basic types which all buckles adhere to. The snap buckle is made of a spring-driven clasp on one side with a hollow opposite end. A clip buckle is made of thin plates of metal secured by spring or magnetic clips on the other end. The classic tang buckle has a metal ring with hinged flaps (tangs). It secures itself in place through holes along the other end of the belt.
Finding the right buckle boils down to personal style and fashion sense. For men, belt buckles complement a strong and macho appearance when worn with confidence. They can also project certain moods and less-serious fashion styles for the hip and modern. Surely, a belt buckle is an important part of one’s style.