If there’s one thing in my wardrobe that I wear most, it has to be my Gucci belt. It’s become a classic wardrobe accessory that instantly elevates even the most basic outfits and its versatility makes it a great investment. While the hype surrounding the belt has dwindled down since it was first launched, don’t underestimate the timelessness of this belt. Similar to other designer belts made by Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton – the Gucci belt is a wardrobe staple that will stand the test of time. I own the belt in three different colors (black, white and pink), but I wear the black one most often. Every time I wear my belt, so many of you send me messages asking about sizing (regarding fit and which width to go with) so I thought I’d share a full guide on buying one.
Finding The Right Size
First things first, let’s talk about what most of you want to know…sizing! I’m a size 0 or 24 in pants (my measurements are 23″ waist and 32″ hips) and I went with a size 70 for two of my belts and a 75 for one, but ended up getting additional holes added – more on that later. The 65 works well as a true waist belt which fits better with skirts and dresses (sitting above my navel) and the 75 works best for low rise bottoms, however, it was a little too long when when worn with high waist bottoms. The 70 fit perfectly with high waist bottoms – sitting just below my natural waist. Almost all of my bottoms are high rise or mid rise and the 70 works great for both. Again, the 75 would have worked too, but then there as a lot of extra length that did not fit in the belt loops as well.
Gucci does offer a size guide on their site (shown above) or click on the “Size Guide” next to the color selector here. I went with the high rise sizing guide in the right column – which was accurate. You can also go with a larger size and have it altered by a shoe cobbler. They’ll cut the belt buckle area and size it appropriately to you and they can also add extra holes which Gucci boutiques will do for you for free. I bought my white Gucci belt in a size 75 and had a sales associate at the Gucci boutique in Nordstrom add a couple extra holes for me which took about 15 minutes. I actually bought my belt from Gucci online, but any Gucci boutique will size it for you as long as it’s authentic!
Choosing the Right Width
This is all based on your preference, but I personally prefer the wider width belt. The wider width look better with denim in my opinion, because it’s the same width as the belt loops of most pants. The smaller width one is more delicate and looks better with workwear or dresses.
Where To Buy One
I bought my first one through Net-A-Porter, but my other belts I bought through Nordstrom and Gucci directly. All were great shopping experiences so you can really get one at any retailer that’s an authorized Gucci seller.
What Color To Buy
If I could only buy one, I’d still buy the black one because it goes with everything. The white Gucci belt is my second choice because I get a lot of wear out of that one as well. The brown and pink/nude colors are great if you have a more casual or feminine wardrobe.