A belt is a flexible band or strap, commonly made of leather or heavy cloth and worn around the waist, which is usually of less circumference than the hips underneath. Belts are worn to hold up clothing. Belts are often secured with some type of metal buckle, which varies from simple one-colour finishes to decorated belt plates with embossed or bas-relief images or multicoloured logos. Belts can be adjusted to suit the circumference of a person's waist, due to the variety in waist sizes, belts are sold in different lengths. Browse through this category for various belts available in Zambian stores.
A belt is a flexible band or strap, typically made of leather, plastic, or heavy cloth, worn around the natural waist or near it. The ends of a belt are free; and a buckle forms the belt into a loop by securing one end to another part of the belt, at or near the other end.
A belt is a fashion accessory that is traditionally used to secure the waist of a pair of pants or bottoms. They can be used to keep pants up that may be tight, or to tighten the waist of pants that are slightly loose.
You can wear belts for a number of fashion purposes, from styling casual outfits to securing too-large formal pants with suspenders. If you’re in the market for a new belt for a specific purpose, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with the many types of belts to choose from.
Though belts were originally intended to serve the functional purpose of keeping your pants from falling down, they are often used as fashionable accessories to tie outfits together. Styling an outfit with a belt allows you to add colour to an ensemble, bring a busy outfit together, or emphasize you are natural silhouette. Belts come in a variety of styles that suit a number of formal or casual situations.
Parts of a Belt
Though belts come in many styles and forms, traditional belts are often simple designs with three common components.
Buckle: A belt buckle usually consists of three parts: the frame, the prong, and the bar. The frame is the “base” of the buckle, while the prong—attached to the bar—is the movable piece that slips into the belt strap’s notches for tightening or loosening. Belt buckles are most often made from metal, zinc alloy, or plastic.
Strap: The strap of the belt is the actual material of the belt itself, which can be made from leather or fabric. The strap has a series of belt holes poked through it which are commonly referred to as notches, which is where the prong of the belt buckle slides in to adjust the size and fit of the belt.
Loop: The loop of a belt is where the end of the belt or “tongue” slides in after tightening/loosening to hold the belt (mostly) flush against itself.
Types of Belts
There are numerous types of formal and casual belts that lend different stylistic accents to a given outfit. Some of these belts even have slightly different functions. Here is a brief overview of 13 different types of belts.
Formal belts: These dress belts are usually reserved for formal occasions, often worn with suits or dress slacks.
Leather belts: Leather belts are usually black or brown accessories that keep a pair of pants up. Most leather belts are made from cowhide.
Braided belts: A braided belt involves many pieces of leather braided together to create a plaited, solid piece of material.
Garter belts: A garter belt is a functional belt worn as lingerie that is used to keep thigh-high socks or garters from falling down.
Obi belts: An obi belt is a type of wrap belt that involves a large, thick piece of fabric or leather that wraps around a person’s midriff and is fastened into a bow.
Chain belts: A chain belt is an accessory that is made out of a piece of chain metal that usually sits at a person’s hips or midsection.
Cinch belts: Cinch belts are wide belts that are used to cinch a person’s waist and add shape to a silhouette.
D-ring belts: Instead of using the typical belt buckle and notch system, d-ring belts fasten with two d-shaped rings where the end tip of the belt is threaded through to hold it in place. D-ring belts are typically made of canvas, cotton, or some other fabric material rather than leather.
Reversible belts: Reversible belts are casual or formal belts that come with a twistable buckle which makes it possible to wear the belt “inside out.”
Skinny belts: Thin belts are typically casual or formal belts made out of leather. They are often used as waist belts to accentuate a person’s shape, making them more stylish than functional.
Canvas belts: Canvas belts were originally used by people in the military as part of a training uniform.
Studded belts: Studded belts are belt straps embellished with metal or plastic adornments like grommets or studs, adding texture and substance to otherwise plain, flat belts.
Western belts: Western belts were traditionally worn by cowboys and are made out of thick leather that can keep a person’s pants up as they ride a horse.