Welcome to our guide on how to measure your belt correctly.
If suspenders are not your style, these three options below will ensure your belt fits precisely to your waist measurements. You will learn below:
What You'll Need:
- Sewing measuring tape
Total Time: 5 min
How To Measure A Belt
Take one of these three guides to get the perfect belt for your shorts, jeans, slacks, khakis, golf pants or dress pants.
The main number you want to remember is that your belt size is 2 inches larger than your waist measurement.
1. Find a belt that fits
Find a belt that fits. Generally, a belt fits you well when you can easily buckle it using the third hole in the belt.
2. Spread the belt out
Spread the belt out on a flat surface like a table or the floor. Lay it down so that the belt is completely flat and doesn’t have any bumps sticking out.
3. Choose a measuring tape
Use a retractable measuring tape or a fabric measuring tape.
4. Measure your belt
Measure from the base of the buckle prong to the center hole. If you don’t use the center hole, measure from the base of the buckle prong to the hole you use the most.
5. Use those numbers
The number (in inches) that you have for the measurement of the belt will be the size you use for ordering your new belt.
How to measure a belt: quick tips
- Take a belt that fits well – either one you already have or go to a clothing store and try on belts until you find one that fits the way you want it to.
- When laying the belt flat make sure the belt is fully extended and doesn’t have any slack.
- If the measurement number is 34 inches (86.4 cm), order a size 34 belt.
How To Measure A Belt Size By Waist
Total Time: 5 min
1. Wear pants that fit well
Wear pants that fit well. Put on a pair of jeans or dress pants that you will wear frequently with a belt.
2. Use a sewing measuring tape
Use a sewing measuring tape. While you are wearing the pants, thread a fabric measuring tape through the belt loops of the pants. Pinch the two sides together where they meet in front. This number will be your normal waist measurement.
3. Find your belt measurement
Find your belt measurement by reading the measurement in the mirror or mark the point where the two sides of the measuring tape meet with a safety pin. Remove the tape from the loops and read the measurement. Then, choose the belt size that’s 2 inches larger than your waist measurement.
4. Consult a universal size chart
Consult a universal size chart. Since many belts are sold by size (small, medium, large, etc.) rather than measurement, you may need to view a sizing chart that can help you determine the correct size. Men’s and women’s belts are typically sized differently.
How to measure a belt size by waist: quick tips
- The pants should not be too loose or too tight so that you will be able to get an accurate measurement of your waist.
- Always go up one inch from the measurement made on the tape.
For a 32 inch waist you need to buy a belt size of 34.
For a 33 inch waist you will want to buy a belt size of 35.
A size 34 belt is 32 inches long.
Your belt size is two inches larger than your pant waist size. If you wear a 33″ trouser, buy a 35″ belt. Round up your waist size if it doesn’t land on a square number then add two inches for your belt measurement. Most belts have five holes.