How to Fit Yourself for a Belt


“If your pants have loops, you need to wear a belt.” Some people don’t follow that classic bit of style advice, but many people still prefer it. Not only does a leather belt keep your work pants secure, but it can also be useful for attaching helpful items to your waist – anything from tools to a cell phone.

Choosing whether or not to wear a belt is easy. The hard part is choosing what size you need. They don’t exactly teach it in school – but there are a few simple tips you can follow to help you find your correct belt size.

If you ever find yourself wondering what size work belt you need, here’s the answer: the belt buckle clip should fit into the middle hole. It really is that simple! That way, you have an even amount of belt material on each side of your buckle. That’s proper sizing!

Still, if you’re ordering online or aren’t trying them on in a store, that doesn’t necessarily tell you which size you need to order.

But it’s actually pretty easy to do – one way to find your belt size is to use one you already own.

Here’s how:

  • Use a tape measure and measure the distance from where the leather attaches to the buckle to the hole you use.
  • If that, for example, is 34 inches, then that means you need a size 34 belt.
  • 38 inches? You’re a size 38. It really is that simple!
  • Another strategy: use your current pant size and add 2 (e.g. 34 +2 = 36)

A benefit is that work belt sizes have some wiggle room and are versatile. There’s a reason there are multiple holes…these allow you to adjust as needed.

Even if you don’t currently use the middle hole, you’ll be using the middle hole once you get your new belt after you start using this sizing method. But you don’t have to use an existing belt to determine your correct size.

Follow these easy tips and feel better about ordering online from Working Person’s Store and not being able to try a belt on for size. Not only do we have leather styles, but we also have rugged tactical and tool belt designs you’ll love.

These tricks will help to ensure a good fit, so you’ll be comfortable throughout your entire workday!