Belt size charts for men & women: how to measure, what do I need?

Belts are an essential accessory in any man’s or woman’s outfit.

Not only can they add style to your outfit, but they also have a very important role to play.

The one to stop the pants from falling off you.

This role is quite important if you ask me.

The straps carry such an important mission on their shoulders. It becomes obvious why making the right choice when buying one is vital.

If you go and buy them directly from the store, this may be easier to complete without any problems.

If you have to buy them online, that’s a little more complicated.

Because you can’t try them on when you order them online, you can choose a belt that’s not right for your size.

belt wrapped around a bottle

If the store offers you the option to return an item purchased from them, this is good for you.

This way, you will not lose the money spent. You will be able to order another one.

You will not receive any financial damage in this way. You will still have to wait another time for the new strap to reach you.

This can be a problem if you need that strap urgently.

Suppose the store does not offer you the opportunity to return an item purchased from them. In that case, you will not recover that amount of money.

belt on a pair of pants

You will have to pay another amount of money to buy a new strap, which will be your size this time.

If you do not know what size belt is right for you, you may experience a lot of discomforts. It’s no different from needing the right screw. You also want the right gauge when you’re buying wire for your electrical project.

All these problems can disappear if you make sure that you understand how measurements work before you buy a strap online.

It can be difficult if you don’t have anyone to explain them to you in detail.

Fortunately for you, we’ve gathered all the information you need in one place.

To make this information easy to understand, we have structured it in a simple and easy-to-approach way for anyone.

belt on the ground

Basic principles

Before finding out which strap size suits you, we must first make sure that you understand some basic principles.

Unfortunately, many people think that a suitable belt should be the same size as the pants worn.


This is incorrect.

For a strap to work optimally, it must be at least 2 inches larger than the size of your hips or waist.

This is because a strap needs extra material to be fastened around the waist.

Everyone has a certain degree of freedom when buying a new one.

This is because all straps have at least 5 holes to fit around the waist.

This means that you have a wide range of sizes to choose from when making a purchase.

Depending on the area from which you want to buy the new belt, it can be measured in different units.

belts on a light background

In the United States, straps are measured in inches.

And in most European countries, they are measured in centimeters.

Belt size chart for men

Each company produces straps of different measurements. The best way to choose the right size belt is to find out your measurements.


Also, there are some specially created diagrams to orient people to the right measurements in the world of straps.

Although finding the right measures is the safest way to make the right choice, these charts can help anyone.

Their main role is to give people an idea of what size would be best for them.

These charts are different for men than for women.

The following chart is valid for men:

Numerical belt size3032343638404244464850
Waist circumference (inches)26.5 -2828.5-3030.5-3232.5-3434.5-3636.5-3838.5-4040.5-4242.5-4444.5-4646.5-48
Lenght of an existing belt (inches)28-3031-3233-3435-3637-3839-4041-4243-4445-4647-4849-50

Many values can overwhelm you when you first look at such a size chart.

Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here.

To help you make the best choice for yourself and your needs.

To better understand these measures, let’s take a practical example.

Let’s say you measured the size of your waist, and it is 36.5 – 38 inches.

This means you will need a strap size 40 (numerical value) or L.

And the length will be 39-40 inches.

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Belt size chart for women

Now let’s see what this chart would look like for women.

Numerical belt size2828-3031-3233-3536-3738-3940-42
General sizeXSSMITXL2X3X
Dress/pants size0-24-68-101214-1618-2022-24
Waist circumference (inches)Up to 2626-2828-3031-3334-3536-3738-39
Length of an existing belt (inches)Up to 2828-3031-3233-3536-3738-3940-41

As with men, let’s take a practical example.

If a woman has a waist size of 31-33 inches, she will need a strap size of 33-35 (in numerical value) or L.

The length of the strap will be 33-35 inches.

How to measure belt size

Now that you’ve learned more about belts and their sizes, you probably wonder one thing.

How exactly is the length of a belt measured?


Well, don’t worry.

We thought about everything and found out the answers to any questions you might have.

This question is no exception.

When it comes to finding out the length of a strap, there is only one correct way to do it.

This method involves measuring the length of the belt from the inside of the buckle to the middle hole.

As mentioned before, most straps have 5 holes each.

When we want to measure the length of a belt, we will refer to the hole in the middle.

That is, at the hole surrounded on the left and the right by 2 holes each.

A strap that is considered a suitable size will be placed around the waist. The buckle pin will enter the middle hole without any problems.

Now you might be wondering. If only one hole is used to tighten the strap around the waist, then what’s the point of the other 4?

Or you may be wondering: why is the middle hole used as a reference point when measuring the length of the belt?

Fortunately, these questions are accompanied by answers.

Each strap comes with a number of 5 holes to give a degree of flexibility to the wearer.

What if the wearer of the strap gets a little fatter after having already bought a belt, and it has only one hole?

Unfortunately for him, he would have to buy another larger strap.

Due to a large number of holes, he can keep the current belt.

All he has to do now is insert the buckle nail into another hole that allows the strap to be worn comfortably.

Also, this large number of holes allows the belt to be worn in different waist areas.

Wearing the belt in a lower waist area will require inserting the buckle nail into a different hole than wearing the strap in a higher area.

Another thing taken into account when designing the 5 holes of any belt is the thickness of the clothes worn.

Suppose the pants worn with the strap are made of a thicker material. In that case, the 5 holes offer the possibility of adapting the length of the belt according to the needs.

Also, the tightening of the shirt in the pants under the strap can cause such an increase in thickness again.

All these facts are why the belt is measured up to the middle hole.

In this way, the possibility of adapting to the possible occurrence of these variations is created.

By using the hole in the middle, there is enough length for the belt to be inserted through the loops of the pants without hanging down.

Measuring the strap length shown above is the only correct method, and it will give the best results.

There is also a list of totally wrong measurement methods.

We will present them to you here to know how to avoid them.

One of the erroneous methods of measurement involves starting the measurement on the outside of the buckle.

Another wrong method involves measuring from the middle of the buckle pin.

Another refers to the measurement of the belt from the beginning of the leather strap and up to the first or last hole.

All these measurement methods are erroneous and should be avoided at all costs to make an unsatisfactory purchase.


What size belt is a 32 waist?

We are here to help you if your waist is 32 inches. Maybe you are looking for a strap that fits your measurements. You don’t know which one would fit.

This question has two different answers, depending on your gender.

If you are a man, the right strap for you is size 34 (M).

If you are a woman, the right belt for you is a 33 – 35 (L).

How do you determine your belt size?

Now that we know how to measure the length of a strap, it’s time to see how you can find the right belt size for you.

There are several effective methods when it comes to measuring your waistline and finding the perfect belt.

One of these methods involves using a measuring tape.

It is one of the most effective methods out there.

All you have to do is take a measuring tape and pass it through the loops of your pants, as you would with a regular strap.

After the measuring tape has finished making a turn around your hips, mark the place where its ends meet.

That’s how you find out the circumference of your waist.

All you have to do now is choose a strap the size of your waist circumference.

For this method to be as accurate as possible, you need to wear a pair of pants that comfortably fit you during the measurement.

Also, keep in mind that this measurement may be affected if the thickness of the pants is too large.
Unfortunately, not all people have a measuring tape at hand that they can use.

If you are one of them and do not have access to a measuring tape, you do not have to worry.

This measurement method is much easier to do with one, but it does not mean that it cannot be done without one.

To complete this measurement activity, you can use any of the following objects as measuring tapes:
– a rope
– a cable
– a ribbon
The application method is the same.

Insert any of the above items through the loops of your pants and mark the place where they complete a turn around your waist.

All you have to do now is measure the distance marked on the object with a regular ruler.

Also, your old belt can help you in this mission of measuring your waist and finding a new perfect belt.

In the first step, you need to take a measuring tape or one of the items mentioned above if you do not have a measuring tape at hand.

In the next step, you need to measure the distance from the inside of the buckle to the hole in the strap that has the most wear.

The distance to the hole with the highest degree of the wear must be measured. It is probably the one that offers the highest degree of comfort.

The distance obtained by this method is the circumference of your waist.

The latest waist measurement method that we will present is the easiest to complete.

Although it is the fastest and easiest method to perform, it is also the most inaccurate.

You just have to take the measurements of your current jeans and add 3 inches to them.
The result will be the size of your ideal belt.

Keep in mind that this method works best in inches.

For example, let’s say your jeans are 33 inches in size.

Your ideal belt would be about 36 inches.

This measurement may vary and may not give the best possible results, so this should be kept in mind.

European belt sizes

Unlike the United States, European countries measure the length of the straps in centimeters. They don’t use inches.

This can be confusing when someone wants to buy a strap and is not used to the new units of measurement used.

An important thing to keep in mind is that 1 inch equals 2.54 centimeters.

leather belt

It should be considered when making an online purchase.

Belt size conversion chart

There are differences in the units of measurement used in the United States and European countries. It’s the reason this chart was born.

The role of this diagram is to make people’s lives easier and help them quickly convert sizes from inches to centimeters.

Waist in inches22-2324-2526-2728-2930-3132-3334-3536-3738-3940-4142-4344-4546-47
Belt size in inches25.627.629.531.533.535.437.439.441.343.345.347.249.2
In centimeters65707580859095100105110115120125

Conversion examples

  • 105 cm corresponds to the waist of 38-39 inches, and the right belt for it is 41.3 inches.
  • 34 inches waist corresponds to 95 centimeters.
  • 110 cm is equal to 40-41 inches for the waist and 43.3 inches for a strap.
  • 90 cm corresponds to a waist of 32-33 inches and a size of 35.4 inches.
  • 95 cm is equal to 34-35 inches in the waist and 37.4 inches in the strap.
  • 36 inches in the waist can be translated as 100 centimeters.

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