It’s not the first accessory you think of when putting together an outfit, but we can assure you, a belt is one of the first accessories that catches a person’s eye.

A belt has the ability to subtly highlight a man’s sense of style or emphasise an unforgivable lack of one. Whether it’s leather, suede or a mix of both, a belt is not only a practical accessory for keeping your trousers in place, it can also add a finishing touch to any formal outfit.

However, the type of belt you choose for your outfit all depends on the occasion. Hemingway has put together a style guide to help you accessorise your belt accordingly.

Match the colour of your shoes and belt

It’s a rule generally followed by all gentlemen, an unwritten law we all keep in mind when accessorising an outfit. Yes, it’s matching the colour and material of your shoes to your belt. Typically, if your shoes and belt are drastically opposing, the less stylish you are going to appear.

It’s simple really, if you are wearing black shoes, team them with a charcoal-coloured strap. Likewise, if you’re wearing a brown, tan or oxblood belt, it’s only right that they are paired with shoes with a matching colour.

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