1/21/2010

Blue Owl Measuring Guide: Belts


Choosing a belt can be challenging but shouldn't be. The below is how Blue Owl measures belts. The best way for you to know your size is to grab a belt you already own that fits you well and measure it. You can then compare that measurement to ours. If you have questions, e-mail us, and we will be happy to help you make the right choice.

There are several styles of belts, and one of the most common is a 5-hole one. Here, we measure an E.O.I. by Mr. Olive 100% vegetable tanned washed leather standard belt in size medium.

Step 1: Imagine yourself wearing the belt and visially determine where the leather sits within the belt buckle. This is the point where you want to start measuring. On this buckle, we want to measure about 1/2" from the front edge of the buckle, as this is where the leather would rest in the buckle.

Step 2: Measure the total length. Because each of these belts is hand-crafted, sizes may vary, compared to mass-produced belts.

This belt measures slightly longer than 39" long. Compare this to the length of a belt you already own.

Step 3: Determine which hole you want to use. This will ultimately determine which size you want. On this belt, holes are in 1" increments starting at 31-1/2". We recommend wearing the belt in one of the middle 3 holes. Some belts will stretch with wear; so to be safe, choosing the 3rd or 4th hole would be ideal.

Another popular style is a multi-hole belt with holes running the length of the belt. Here, we measure a E.O.I. by Mr. Olive 100% vegetable tanned washed leather 2-hole belt.

Step 1: Determine your starting point. On this belt, the leather would rest about 1/2" from the front edge of the buckle.

Step 2: Measure the total length. This belt measures almost 39". As this belt has holes running the length of the belt, you only need to determine the total length and how much overhang you want to have. If you are between sizes, we recommend sizing down as leather usually stretches with wear.