How to Determine Belt Size

Two Methods:Measuring a BeltMeasuring by Waist Size

A good belt can sustain you through years of regular use. In order to get the most from a belt, you must measure it properly. See Step 1 for more information — it’s a “cinch.”

Method 1
Measuring a Belt

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    Take a belt that fits well.
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    Lay it on a flat surface like a table or the floor.
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    Grab a retractable measuring tape or a fabric measuring tape.
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    Measure from the base of the buckle prong to the center hole. If you don’t use the center hole, measure from the base of the buckle prong to the hole you use the most.[1]
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    Use the measurement that you found to order a belt. For example, if it is 34 inches (86.4 cm), order a size 34 belt.
    • If you are using the last hole on a belt, consider moving up a belt size, to a 36 so that there is room to adjust the belt in the future. A correctly fitted belt usually is sized to the center hole.
    • If you are using the first hole on the belt, consider moving down a belt size, to a 32.

Method 2
Measuring by Waist Size

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    Put on a pair of jeans or pants that you will wear frequently with a belt.
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    Thread a fabric measuring tape through the belt loops of the pants. Pinch the two sides together where they meet in front.
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    Breathe in deeply and out fully. The measuring tape should expand slightly.
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    Check to make sure that the measuring tape is in the middle or bottom of the belt holes, instead of flush with the top.
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    Read the measurement in the mirror or mark the point where the two sides of the measuring tape meet with a safety pin. Remove the tape from the loops and read the measurement.
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    Add two inches to the measurement. This is your belt size. For example, if the measuring tape reads 38 inches (96.5 cm), you want a 40-inch belt.[2]

Tips

  • Men’s pant sizes are usually one size smaller than their belt size. For example, a 36-inch waist will correspond to a 38-inch belt size.
  • Convert your belt size to cm as needed. Multiply the inch measurement by 2.54 to find your belt size in cm.

Warnings

  • Beware that women’s pant sizes do not correspond to belt sizes. A 28-inch waist might require a 32-inch belt. It’s better to measure for the size than rely on your pants measurement.

Things You'll Need

  • Belt
  • Pants
  • Fabric measuring tape
  • Retractable measuring tape
  • Safety pin

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Categories: Personal Fitness