How to Choose the Right Belt Size

We know choosing the right belt size can be a bit of a hassle. 

We use the international standard to size our belts as it is the only tried and tested way that ensure you purchase a belt that fits!

DO NOT assume your belt size is the same as your pant size.

The sizing used is suitable for both men and women and it's as simple as measuring the circuference of your waist*.

For example:

If the circumference of your waist is 34 inches / ~86cm (*with pants on and measurement taken through the loops)- we recommend purchasing a size 34 belt.

Belts are measured from where the leather wraps around the buckle, to the middle hole.

Belt sizing

To measure the circumference of your waist; get a piece of string or flexible measuring tape.
Wrap it around your waist just once, through the loops of your pants, and measure the length.

If this length is 34 inches or ~86 cm, we recommend rounding up to the nearest available size: in this case 34 inches.
If the length is 34.4 inches, we recommend rounding up to a size 36.
Always round up - Never down 

Sizing to the middle hole ensures there is enough room for you to shrink :) or grow :(
Additional holes are spaced at 1 inch / 2.5 cm apart, meaning a size 34 belt will have holes spaced at 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36 inches from the buckle base.

If your sizing falls on an odd number round up to the nearest size.
eg. If your measurement is 33 inches, round up to size 34.

There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Some pant manufacturers don't use the correct sizing, especially those from China, so it is best to physically measure your waist (*with pants on and through the belt loops) instead of relying on what's printed on the label of pants or other belts.
  • If you wear pants that are made from thick materials, this can increase the circumference of your waist considerably. This is why it is important to take your measurement with your pants and underwear on.
  • Never round belt sizes down. It is much easier to add a hole to a belt than it is to return and exchange a belt.
  • In the first week of use, the leather strap will extend by 3-4mm. This is normal and will only happen once. This is known as permanent set or Mullins effect.  Each strap will exhibit different characteristics that we do not have control over. This is part of the reason why belts have additional holes for the variance in sizing and to allow for permanent set.
  • In general, your belt size is one or two sizes larger than your pant size, but dont take our word for it. Measure it yourself to be sure.

  • Failure to follow the above instructions will most likely result in you receiving the wrong size belt. In which case Close The Deal cannot be held responsible for costs associated with shipping products back and forth for exchange.

    More information on belt returns can be found at the bottom of our returns information page here.

    To exchange your belt, please send us an email via the contact us page. A customer service representative will respond to your request within 24 hours.

Leather Belt Care

We have purposely tanned these belts so they withstand heavy daily use. We have ensured there will be minimal care.

Leather is a natural product and our hides have been processed in a way that reduces the number of harmful chemicals and preservatives used in the tanning process. This means that care should be taken to ensure longevity.

You should not expect to oil, wax or even polish your new belt for several years after use. Each belt is hot stuffed with oils that preserve the natural fibres in the leather resulting in a long lasting, wear resitant colour and finish.

If your belt gets wet, take it off as soon as possible to release the tension. Leaving tension in a wet belt will encourage stretching and permanent deformation of the fibres. Whilst there is a limit to where the leather will stretch (once internal fibres have reached the end of their plasticity). Allowing a belt to reach this point will result in reduced strength.
You will need to oil your belt with a quality leather oil or wax after it gets wet as water will wash the oils away.

Remember. Leather is the skin of an animal and will rot if left wet or damp for long periods. You must dry your belt slowly to avoid dicolouration, warping and reduced strength.