If you saw my InstaStories this week, you may have seen that I finally received a Gucci belt that I ordered way back in June! After buying the black version last year (and wearing it nonstop, last seen here), I wanted to add a lighter color for summer so I ordered this pink one. Little did I know my order would keep getting pushed back. It was pushed back so many times I forgot I’d ordered it until I received my shipping confirmation last week – 7 months later! I don’t think I’ve ever waited so long for an item! Luckily, I still love it as much as I did when I ordered it. After sharing it on my InstaStories this week so many of you sent me messages asking about sizing (both fit and which width to go with) so I thought I’d share a full guide on buying one. It’s the most asked about item in my wardrobe!
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. I also ordered the 65 and 75 as well, but decided on the 70. The 65 works well as a natural waist belt (better with skirts or dresses as it would sit above my navel) and the 75 works better for low-rise jeans – but was a little too long when when worn with high-waist denim. The 70 fit perfectly with high-waist denim – which typically sits lower than your natural waist (or below your navel). Almost all of my jeans are high-rise or mid-rise and the 70 works for both. Again, the 75 would have worked too, but then there as a lot of extra length that did not wrap correctly around my hips.
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, but if you’re like me, I have a hard time trusting just anyone to handle designer pieces.
Choosing the Right Width
This is all based on your preference, but I personally prefer the wider-width belt. It looks better with denim, in my opinion, because it’s the width of the belt loops. The smaller width one is more delicate and still really pretty though. You really can’t go wrong either way though.
Where To Buy One
I bought my first one through Net-A-Porter and it came right away! This one I ordered through Gucci and obviously took much longer, but these belts are hard to find in your size so I’d buy one from any authorized retailer. If you want one bad enough, I do think going on the wait list is worth it. I don’t think these belts will go out of style any time soon.
What Color To Buy
If I could only buy one, I’d still buy the black one because it goes with everything – even brown because the gold hardware adds warmth to any outfit (see how I wear it here, here and here). I bought the pink for the warmer seasons, but obviously couldn’t wait that long to wear it. I’m obsessing over this white color. I prefer the gold hardware over silver, but I’m loving this pearl one right now too. This snake one is so good too! Ok, I love them all!
Gucci Belt (in pink color, also here and here)
Line & Dot White Cardigan
CAMI NYC Tank (wearing an XS)
Levi’s Denim (wearing a 24)
Cloverpost Medallion Necklace
Chloé Nile Bag (small in beige color, also here and here)
Christian Louboutin So Kate Heels (also love these)