Better Dressed Butch: Belts

I think one of the easiest ways to start dressing better is to put on a belt.  Wearing a belt immediately pulls your outfit together. It shows how you put thought and intention into your clothes. And, honestly, I just think it makes one look more like a grownup. Kids don’t wear belts; grownups do.

I started wearing belts way back in college for the sole purpose of keeping my oversized baggy jeans from ending up around my knees. Before the end of my first semester, I felt incomplete without one.

As my style evolved, my choice in belts changed from that first 2-inch wide, double-holed warhorse. Now picking out a belt is a part of getting dressed every day. I truly enjoy choosing just the right belt to complete my outfit.

Some tips for choosing a belt:

Match the style of your outfit.

If you are wearing shorts, don’t put on a dress belt. Choose a casual belt. If you are in dress slacks, don’t throw on a thick rugged leather belt and call it good.

Match the color of your leathers.

The rule of thumb here is leathers should match. Brown shoes = brown belt. Black shoes = black belt. Match your watch band as well, if possible. This gives your outfit a cohesive look. Try and keep the shade as close as possible. For example, tan and chocolate are both brown, but your outfit won’t look as polished if you have a light tan belt and dark brown shoes. If you’re rocking your classic sneakers, don’t worry about matching the color. This rule applies most to dress and business casual situations.

Not too long.

Does anyone else remember the late 90’s when cool teenage boys wore super long belts and let the extra tail hang down their legs? Don’t do that. Keywords in that first sentence: teenage boys. You do not want to look like a teenage boy. From the 90s. You should be able to use one of the middle holes and have the tail reach the first belt loop on your pants. If the tail of your belt extends more than an inch or so past the first belt loop, cut it off or buy a new belt.

Don’t worry about matching metals.

This used to be one of the rules for belt wearing. Gold belt buckle meant wearing a gold watch. Silver buckle = silver watch. This rule seems to have died. The matching metals police are off duty. No one notices if your ring is silver, your watch is rose gold and your belt buckle is brushed nickel. Take a look at the picture above about matching your leathers – did you notice the silver buckle/gold watch in the bottom left or the black metal watch with the brushed gray metal buckle in the top right?

Skip the clunky/witty buckle.

Unless you have recently won a rodeo, please do not use your belt as a showcase for a giant hunk of shiny metal. Do not give in to the (strong) temptation to display your wit to the world with a clever or ironic buckle. Do not, for the love of all that’s stylish, wear a seat belt buckle for a belt buckle. If you want to wear a seat belt, get in your damn truck.

If you want to start dressing better, wearing a belt is an easy first step. It immediately makes your look more mature and put together. Matching the leathers you wear gives a polished look even to casual outfits. Belts are easy and inexpensive accessories that upgrade every outfit you wear so you can be a better dressed butch.

Featured image by Keegan Everitt.

20 Butch Swimsuits for 2019

Butches don’t have to sacrifice their dapper style when they head to the beach or the pool. These 20 butch swimsuit options will give you all the swagger you need this summer.

Smoothies in Motion Rash Guard ($30). ASOS DESIGN swim shorts in teal green short length ($19). Body Glove Active Winona Exhale Rash Guard ($31). MaaMgic Swim Trunks ($19). ATTRACO Short-Sleeve Rashguard ($26). Express Stripe Drawstring Swim Trunks ($30). Nike Short Sleeve Hydro Rash Guard ($48). ASOS DESIGN runner swim shorts in black ($23). TYR Mantra Taylor Tank Swimming Top ($33). Batuzon Swim Trunks ($20).

Sundried Triathlon Tri Suit ($44). Beefcake Swimwear The Original ($99).
O’Neill Reactor Wetsuit ($99). Beefcake Swimwear The Dreamboat ($99).
PLAYA by Cressi Shorty Wetsuit ($95).

Tomboy X Swim Tank – Shark Print ($51). Outplay Boi Shorts ($35). Private Island Hawaii Rash Guard Tankini ($29). Topman Swim Trunks ($30). TYR Arvada Lola Tank Swimming Top ($51). Express Palm Tree Drawstring Swim Trunks ($30). AdoreShe Women Racerback Solid Tankini ($24). MaaMgic Swim Trunks ($19). TYR Reilly Top ($40). Abercrombie & Fitch Classic Trunks ($24).

Speedo PowerFLEX Eco High Neck Tankini ($40). Chubbies Shorts The Grand Canyonballs ($65). Nike Rib Racerback Midkini ($33). Topman Runner Swim Shorts ($30). Boden Short Sleeve Rash Guard ($55). Boden Piping Swim Shorts ($45). Patagonia Short-Sleeved Micro Swell Rashguard ($79). Patagonia Wavefarer® Boardshorts ($59). Outplay Flatsea Tank ($55). Chubbies Shorts The Neon Lights ($65).

Outfits: Holiday Parties

It can be hard to pick out an appropriate outfit for occasions like holiday parties.  Different types of parties call for different levels of dressiness.  And as a butch, it can be especially hard to decide how dressed up to get.  Worse, many of us fall into the trap of dressing like an old dude with baggy khakis and an ugly sweater and excusing ourselves by saying we are being “funny” or “ironic”.  This year you don’t have to dread every party because it’s awkward and uncomfortable to dress for.  Here we lay out good-looking outfits for three typical holiday party scenarios.

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Better Dressed Butch: Versatile Casual Winter/Spring Wardrobe – Part 2

Now that we have a foundation of simple and versatile pieces in our wardrobe, we can begin to add variety.  We can use color, patterns, texture, layers and accessories to give us even more options for pulling great looking outfits together.  This is where we can really begin to develop personal style.

As we discussed in Part 1, adding a single item to our foundational wardrobe now gives us many additional options.  Adding variety also keeps the wardrobe from feeling stale.  As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.”  Everyone likes variety and being able to pull a patterned shirt out one day and a plain shirt the next day somehow feels nice.  So here are some examples of items we can use to spice up our foundational wardrobe.

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Better Dressed Butch: Versatile Casual Winter/Spring Wardrobe – Part 1

One of the hardest parts of starting to dress better is putting outfits together.  Most people think of clothes in terms of outfits, so when they go shopping for new clothes, they usually buy a couple of new outfits without thinking about their overall wardrobe.  This approach doesn’t work.  You’re left with the same old wardrobe, plus two new outfits.  So you now have two days that you feel awesome in your new outfits, and all of the other days you are stuck with your same old broken wardrobe.   This approach is not going to get you to the place where you are well-dressed every day.  Even if you bought enough new outfits for several days, you are going to end up bored with wearing the same several outfits over and over again.

There’s a better way to build your wardrobe.  If you approach your wardrobe as a whole, you can buy individual pieces that all work together.  And if you have assembled a wardrobe where the pieces can be worn in multiple outfits, you will be a better dressed butch much more quickly.  Let’s look at how to build an affordable, stylish and versatile wardrobe that will give you a ton of options with a minimal amount of items.   Continue reading “Better Dressed Butch: Versatile Casual Winter/Spring Wardrobe – Part 1”