My Gucci belt has to be my most worn designer piece in my wardrobe. I throw it on with anything to elevate even the most basic outfits. It’s my quick trick to make an outfit feel pulled together. I’ve always been a fan of how belts seem to do that, but the Double G buckle really puts an elegant touch on this belt. Earlier this year, I wrote my Guide To Buying A Gucci Belt – read that HERE for all the details on sizing, colors and where to score one. I wanted to do a quick update to that post since so many of you still reach out asking for sizing and styling advice. Here are the most frequently asked questions that I get.
Is A Gucci Belt Worth The Price Tag?
At $450 a Gucci belt definitely isn’t cheap, but compared to other luxury belts, it’s fairly priced – especially for the quality. I recently ordered a different luxury designer belt and I have to say I was pretty disappointed with the quality. I won’t say which brand, but it’s one of my favorite handbag brands and I couldn’t believe how it paled in comparison to my Gucci belt. The Gucci leather is soft, but sturdy and the gold hardware buckle is secured really well so it doesn’t feel flimsy. In my opinion, a Gucci belt is totally worth the price tag.
Will Gucci Belts Still Be In Style For Fall?
I have to admit when I went on the waiting list for a Gucci belt a couple of years ago, I thought there was no way it would still be in style when I received it six months later and now here I am today still talking about why I love Gucci belts. Yes, they seem to be everywhere, but I believe Gucci belts have become a designer classic piece that will remain timeless (much like the Chanel 2.55 bag, Burberry trench, Gucci loafers – I could go on and on, but I think you get my point). I will definitely be wearing my belt throughout fall and winter.
What Size Should I Buy?
Here’s the question everyone wants to know! In terms of sizing, you should start by taking a look through your closet and determining if you mostly wear high-rise or low-rise jeans and how you plan to wear the belt. If you are planning on wearing it as a true waist belt (to cinch your waist in a dress, for example), you should size down. If you are planning on wearing it with high-rise denim, you should go with your normal size and if you are planning on wearing it around your hips with low-rise denim, then you’ll want to size up. Gucci has a really great size guide here (next to wear you select your size – here). I recommend going off of that. I went with the high-rise sizing guide in the right column – which was accurate.
I’m normally a size 24 or 0 in bottoms (my measurements are 23″ waist and 32″ hips) and I went with a size 70 for both of my Gucci belts. I also tried the 65 and 75 – which both fit, but the 65 only worked as a high-waist belt and the 75 didn’t have enough holes to wear as a high-waist belt. The 75 worked great for low-rise denim, but I rarely wear low-rise denim. I opted for the 70 because it worked for belting dresses and as belt with high-waist denim – which is most of my denim. I could have went with the 75 as well, but the extra length looked a bit strange around my hips (the belt kind of flapped to the side, if that makes sense).
You can also go with a larger size and have it altered by a shoe cobbler. They should cut the leather around the belt buckle area and and size it appropriately to you but if you’re like me, I have a hard time trusting just anyone to handle designer pieces. I have had even the best shoe cobblers who specialize in designer items, mess pieces up (although everything was still wearable).
Do I Really Need To Go On The Wait List?
That really depends on your preference. I bought one of my belts from Gucci which took about 6 months to receive and I bought the other one from Net-A-Porter and received it within days. If the belt of your choice is sold out everywhere, I would opt to go on the wait list or pre-order via Gucci’s site first since they will probably get it in stock before any retailer does.
What Stores Sell Gucci Belts?
Most people prefer to buy directly from Gucci so they can ensure authenticity, but there are so many authorized sellers of Gucci that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy from luxury designer website like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter, Luisaviaroma and MyTheresa as well.
How Do I Ensure My Belt Is Authentic?
I would opt to buy it from one of the above retailers vs. buying it preowned or via a site that can’t necessarily verify it’s authenticity – like eBay or Poshmark. Buying designer pieces from those sites is usually fine, but since Gucci belts are relatively new, there shouldn’t be as many flooding the preowned or reseller market.
What Is The Best Color For Me?
You will likely get the most wear out of black. Brown is also a great choice for that reason. If you’re like me and wear neutrals a lot, the pink or white versions are great too. I wanted the white version, but it felt a little too flashy so I opted for the pink instead.
What’s The Best Width Size?
The Double G Buckle Gucci belt comes in two widths – 1.5” and 0.8“. I bought the 1.5” because it fits perfectly within the belt loops of most denim. I prefer the larger width for that reason, but the smaller width is also really feminine and more subtle. If you plan on wearing your belt in a more professional setting, I think the smaller width makes more sense.
What Color Hardware Should I Buy (Silver or Gold)?
Personally, I think the gold hardware is more striking. It adds a luxe touch to any outfit. I wear a lot of gold jewelry and most of my handbags have gold hardware on them so I went with the gold. I have debated getting silver for when I wear silver accessories, but since that’s not as often, I couldn’t justify buying it.
Does The Belt Buckle Get Scratched?
The Double G Gucci buckle can get scratched and tarnished a bit. It’s made of brass so it’s not indestructible. Personally, I don’t mind a little wear on the buckle, but if you are careful with it, you can probably avoid scratches and wear. I’ve had my black belt for two years and that’s the one I have more signs of visible wear on while my pink belt still looks brand new because I wear it less often.
Does The Gucci Leather Get Worn Easily?
The leather is really great quality and doesn’t easily show signs of wear. I don’t have any scratches on mine and the holes that you buckle the belt in aren’t showing any major signs of wear.
How Often Can I Wear My Belt?
Obviously this one’s totally up to you, but I wear my belts 1-2x per week. I could wear mine everyday since they go with everything in my wardrobe, but I don’t want to completely wear them to pieces.
How Many Gucci Belts Is Too Many?
It really depends on how often you wear your belt, but for me two or three is the max. Having one dark one and lighter one offers you a lot of versatility. As I mentioned earlier, having one with gold hardware and one with silver hardware would be great too.
Would You Buy Any Other Gucci Belt Styles?
While the Double G Buckle belt is my favorite, there are so many other pretty styles too. I love the Double G Snake version, the Torchon Double G and the Interlocking G belt. All of those are on my wish list.
Can You Wear Other Logos With Your Gucci Belt?
Personally, I don’t mind mixing logos, but I know some people are totally against it. The black and gold Gucci belt pairs really well with some of my favorite handbags like my Chanel and Prada Cahier. The pink version pairs perfectly with my Chloe Nile bag (in the ‘Biscotti Beige’ color).
What Other Gucci Pieces Are You Loving At The Moment?