My Gucci belt is my most worn designer piece in my wardrobe. I put it on with everything to enhance even the simplest outfits. It’s my quick trick to make an outfit feel pulled together. I’ve always been a fan of how belts seem to do that, but the double G buckle really adds an elegant touch to this belt. Earlier this year, I wrote my guide on how to buy a Gucci belt, which you can read HERE for all the details on sizes, colors and where to achieve one. I wanted to make a quick update on this post as so many of you are still asking for sizing and styling advice. Here are the most frequently asked questions I get.
Is a Gucci belt worth the price?
A Gucci belt is definitely not inexpensive, but compared to other luxury belts, it is quite affordable – especially for the quality. I recently ordered another luxury design belt and I must say that I was quite disappointed with the quality. I won’t say which brand, but it’s one of my favorite handbag brands. I couldn’t believe how it faded compared to my Gucci belt. The Gucci leather is soft but sturdy and the gold hardware buckle is very well secured so it doesn’t feel flimsy. In my opinion, a Gucci belt is absolutely worth the price.
Will Gucci belts still be stylish in the fall?
I must admit, when I went on the waiting list for a Gucci belt a couple of years ago, I thought that there was no way it would still be stylish when I received it six months after. Here I am still talking today about why I love the Gucci belt. Yes, they seem to be everywhere, but I think Gucci belts have become a designer classic that will remain timeless (similar to the Chanel 2.55 bag, the Burberry trench coat, the Gucci loafers – I could go on and on, but I think you understand what I mean). I will definitely wear my belt throughout the fall and winter.
What size should I buy?
Here is the question that everyone wants to know! Considering the size, the first thing you should do is take a look in your wardrobe and determine whether you mainly wear high-rise or low-rise jeans and how you want to wear the belt. If you plan to wear it as a real waist belt (for example, to tighten your waist in a dress), you should reduce the size. If you plan to wear it with high-fitting denim, you should choose your normal size and if you plan to wear it with low-fitting denim around your hips, then you should increase the size. Gucci has a really great size guide here (besides wearing it, you choose your size – here). I recommend leaving that. I went with the high-rise size guide in the right column – which was exactly.
I’m usually a size 24 or 0 in bottoms (my measurements are 23″ waist and 32″ hips) and I chose a size 70 for my two Gucci belts. I also tried the 65 and 75 – which both fit, but the 65 only worked as a high-waisted belt and the 75 didn’t have enough holes to wear as a high-waisted belt. The 75 worked great for low-rise denim, but I rarely wear low-rise denim. I chose the 70s because it works for belt dresses and as a belt with high-waisted jeans – which is the biggest part of my denim. I could have also gone with the 75, but the extra length looked a little strange around my hips (the belt somehow fluttered to the side, if that makes sense).
You can also go with a larger size and have it changed by a shoe cobbler. You should cut the leather around the belt buckle area and size it to fit you, but if you are like me, I find it hard to trust anyone to handle designer pieces. I even let the best shoe shoemakers, who specialize in designer pieces, screw up pieces (although everything was still wearable).
Do I really have to be on the waiting list?
It really depends on your preference. I bought one of my belts from Gucci, which lasted about 6 months, and I bought the other from Net-A-Porter and received it within a few days. If the belt of your choice is sold out everywhere, I would choose to go to the waiting list first or pre-order through the Gucci website, as it is probably in stock before any retailer.
Which stores sell Gucci belts?
Most people prefer to shop directly from Gucci to ensure authenticity, but there are so many authorized sellers from Gucci that I would not hesitate to buy from luxury designer websites such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Net-A-Porter, Luisaviaroma, MyTheresa and SSENSE.
How do I make sure my belt is authentic?
I would choose to buy it from one of the retailers mentioned above, rather than buying it second-hand or through a website that can’t necessarily verify authenticity – like eBay or Poshmark. Buying designer pieces on these sites is usually fine, but since Gucci belts are relatively new, not so many should overflow the used or reseller market.
What is the best color for me?
You will probably get the most wear from black. Brown is also a good choice for this reason. If you are like me and wear a lot of neutral colors, the pink or white versions are also great. At first I thought the white might be a little too flashy, so I decided to go for the pink one instead. I have since bought the white one and mostly wear it in the warmer months.
What is the best width?
The Gucci belt with double G-buckle is available in two widths – 1.5″ and 0.8″. I bought the 1.5″ because it fits perfectly in the belt loops of most jeans. For this reason, I prefer the larger width, but the smaller width is also really feminine and more subtle. If you plan to wear your belt in a more professional environment, I think the smaller width makes more sense.
Which color hardware should I buy (silver or gold)?
Personally, I find the golden hardware more striking. It adds a luxurious touch to any outfit. I wear a lot of gold jewelry and most of my handbags have gold fittings, so I decided to go for the gold. I’ve discussed getting silver when wearing silver accessories, but since that doesn’t happen that often, I couldn’t justify buying it.