Thursday, November 3, 2011
Necessaries: Surcingle Belt
Standard frame-and-prong belts with pre-drilled holes pose a variety of problems. The first, which I face constantly as a person whose measurements are perpetually in between standard sizing (oh! the humanity), is that the number of circumference settings is limited by the manufacturer and my willingness to purchase a leather-punch. Too many of my dress belts leave me no choice but to wear them in one hole, which means they sag in the front, or the next hole over, which means they are somewhat tight and cause my pants' waist to fit improperly and stretch out the belt loops on the back of my pants. No satisfactory solution has yet presented itself.
Fortunately, in casual clothing, we have many more options. The above Polo Ralph Lauren surcingle belt, in stately navy, cost $9 at the PRL outlet in Woodbridge (thanks, Mater!) and goes on almost every time I leave the house in jeans or shorts. It is very close in color to my APC New Standard jeans. And if it's covered by an untucked shirt or a sweater, who cares what color it is?