Justin Rhodes, creative director of Elliot Rhodes gives his expert advice

Justin Rhodes, creative director of Elliot Rhodes gives his expert advice on how to buy the perfect belt for your big day.

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Luckily for men, once the suit's been selected, the accessories are usually fairly easy to coordinate, but belts are often left until the last minute. However, it's best to consider matching the belt to your shoes as best possible. But whether you're looking to match your suit, your shoes or the overall theme of the day, there are really just two widths to focus on.

The big 30
The 30mm width belt has two purposes; first and foremost it falls into the category of formal, for those occasions when you really want something slim and discreet. Most of the men's belts in this width are fairly simple in style with a focus on elegant leather and occasionally some subtle detail. In the past a lot of men considered this the default width to go to for a formal belt, irrespective of their waist size and build. In reality, a belt of this width on a larger man, let's say 34ins waist or above, just tends to look a little odd. If you're perhaps a few pounds heavier than your perfect weight, this can also exacerbate things, with the belt looking like it's cutting into your stomach – in which case head for the 35mm width!

Thirty somethings
The 35mm width is the default width to turn to for classic or casual wear. This width can also work very nicely with formal wear and is able to accommodate a vast buckle collection with plenty of discreet options to choose from too. The average man is a 34 to 36ins waist size and a 35mm belt looks substantial without being chunky. In terms of detailing, if you're looking for something a little more contemporary, this width has a suitably sized area to show off some subtle style such as perforations, burnished textures and varying finishes.

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