Belts can be functional, fashionable, or both. Often it's the belt buckle that forms the focal point of the belt. Attention to the details of your belt buckle will make sure you've chosen the best match for your clothing. It's a detail that certainly shouldn't be forgotten.
In this guide, we'll discuss 19 types of belt buckles to help you pick the best options! So, without further ado, let's get to it.
Types Of Belt Buckles
A screw closure belt buckle fastens with a screw bar. These buckles are made for quick and easy buckling and unbuckling. This is one of the most common types of buckles. You've probably seen and worn this buckle, but may not have known the name for it. This buckle style can be dressy or casual.
A clamp belt buckle is another standard looking buckle. This traditional buckle has two main parts attached to the belt strap. Different finishes can change the look of your buckle, taking it from casual to dressy. The clamp buckle uses holes on the belt to fasten the strap. It may be used on dressy or casual belts.
This clamp belt buckle is reversible.
A stitch closure belt buckle is designed for comfortable wear with a variety of styles. This buckle is often found on a leather belt. It's a classic style that goes well with jeans or dress pants.
Tongue belt buckles are designed with a metal pin and loop. The pin is also referred to as a tongue. There are both single and double tongue styles. Tongue belt buckles can be dressy or casual.
A reversible belt buckle means you can wear your belt on either side. Belts can be designed with different colors on each side, greatly increasing the versatility of the belt. A common option is a belt that is brown on one side and black on the other.
A dress belt buckle is designed to be worn with slacks or dress pants. Dress belt buckles provide a polished, sophisticated look to an outfit. Dress belt buckles can be any shape, but they are usually a low profile metal buckle. A medium-width leather belt with a metal buckle is a classic dress belt option.
The frame style buckle is a traditional design. It is meant to showcase the design of the belt. These buckles have simple designs, often with a D-shaped frame or loop.
A rigger buckle consists of a loop that the belt is threaded through and then pulled tight. These belts can be cinched very tightly and are generally made of fabric for a more casual look. Military-style belts often have a rigger buckle style. The belt can be released or adjusted by pressing the pins on each side of the buckle.
A clip-on belt buckle is made of plastic and contains a three-pronged piece that slides into a flat plate, locking the buckle together. This is a casual style of buckle and is often paired with a nylon or fabric belt. This belt is a great option for workwear.
Webbing buckles are designed with a loop that the belt is threaded through before tightening. These buckles are most often found with a nylon or fabric belt. There are no holes on the strap of this belt style. Web belts are another great choice for workwear.
Military buckles are designed to slide the belt strap through. The buckle has buttons that are used to release the strap. A military buckle can be metal or plastic. Metal buckles come in various finishes.
A flip buckle has teeth under the flip mechanism that will hold onto the belt strap. These are used with fabric belts and worn with casual wear. Flip buckles are used with belts that do not have holes in the strap for a prong.
A pin buckle is a traditional buckle. The pin on the back of the buckle is pressed through a hole in the belt strap to hold it in place. This buckle can be found on both casual and formal belts.
The box frame buckle is designed for webbed belts. It consists of three parts. The belt strap slides through the "box" of the buckle and the strap is secured by locking teeth inside the box. The pins on the outside of the box release the belt strap.
Snap buckles are formed from plastic. The belt strap attaches to either side of the snap. The two pieces of the buckle will snap together to secure the belt. Snap buckles are used with fabric belt straps and are a utilitarian style.
Cowboy belt buckles can provide a focal point for an outfit. These are usually large buckles that are meant to be seen. These buckles are most often worn with a leather belt. This buckle looks great with a pair of jeans and cowboy boots but can also be worn with dressier western wear.
Box out buckles are a slick streamlined style. They are a dressier style of buckle. This buckle blends in well with dress pants or dress jeans.
The plate belt buckle is another statement piece. These buckles tend to be larger and attention-grabbing. Similar to the cowboy buckle, this buckle goes well with jeans or dress jeans.
O-Ring And D-Ring
D-ring buckles consist of two loops that the belt is looped through to tighten. These buckles are found on fabric belts. D- and O-ring buckles do not have a prong as part of the closure device. This is a casual buckle style.
There are many options when it comes to choosing a belt buckle. The material of the belt strap and if the strap has holes will determine some available styles. Consider the style of pants that you want to wear your belt with and the functions it needs to meet. Some buckles are decorative while others just need to hold your pants up.
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