SOLUTIONS: Warped Belts

May 11, 2011

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
I’ve had this old belt since 2003 when I encountered the double-hole model for the first time and thought it was so cool that I wore it every day to keep my baggy, boot-cut jeans up while I worked on the farm. There’s a sharp bend in the leather because every time I’ve worn it in the past eight years, I’ve sent it through my belt loops on the left side. Creature of habit, I guess.
Maybe it’s because I never spent much time thinking about waist-cinching tips, but I had a facepalm moment the other day when a guy told me he’s got an eye-rollingly simple solution for belts that bow and warp: Alternate which side you send through your belt loops. If you usually go left to right, flip the belt over and thread it right to left every other wear.
A basic fix, to be sure. But sometimes you don’t think about the most minor problems. Although, perhaps this “problem” doesn’t need solving at all. Thoughts, gentlemen and ladies?
  • ian

    There are some companies that sell curved belts as they are actually a little more comfortable, albeit more expensive. The waistband on your pants is not straight and a curved belt “fits” a little better. Maybe just leave it go curved? Wabi-sabi?

    Love the blog though!

  • Kyle

    Yeah, I don’t really see what the point of doing this would be. The curve doesn’t make the belt work less well, and it’s not really noticeable when you’re wearing it.

    And for me, wearing my belt in the opposite direction would be almost as awkward as switching the pocket I keep my wallet in. I shudder just thinking about that.

  • erika marie

    I feel uncomfortable when I put my favorite warped belt on the wrong way, even over dresses and such. To me its more of a mark of love, like when your shoes mold to fit your feet after enough wear.

  • Royal Poison

    It curved over time for a reason. When the belt is around your waist over time, it breaks it in with the angle of your hips in a circular pattern, thus the curve. Why would you want to correct this so that the belt now angles away from you? Leave it be.

  • Cara

    You also put your belt on one direction because of your dominant hand, so even if it’s a simple solution, it’s a physically non-intuitive one.

    I’m left handed and I bought a curved belt for a right handed person without realizing it. SO AWKWARD every time I try to put it on the (my) normal way!

  • Brian McDonough

    This might sound creepy, but I was walking down Armitage Ave. today and definitely recognized Jeff heading into Rugby, hahaha. Wanted to stop him and let him know how much I enjoy the blog, but didn’t want to weird him out! Anyways, just thought you should know you’re a local celebrity now!

  • eupham

    Classically speaking, men and women wear their belts in different directions. This probably means nothing these days, but thought I’d point it out. My new D-ring belt forces me to thread it in the other direction, but once the leather is turned back through the rings, the end of the belt pokes out in the same direction I’m used to it going.

  • dagan

    if you have the patience, a little heat and steam will fix it. i think an iron would do the trick; i work in a men’s shop and we put them in the press for a bit.

  • gunslingor

    Thanks, I am looking for a decent solution… preferably a belt that is designed not to bend. The biggest problem, from this relatively minor problem, is that I can’t really hang my belts neatly… They end up hanging out to one or more sides of whatever I’m hanging them on. I’ve tried a few different hangers and nothing really works for storing such an odd shape… my tie rack (which hangs on the rack) tilts massively and prevents the door from closing; I bout another standup rack designed for belts and ties and it just falls over when I hang the oddly shaped belts off it. This is a minor problem, but these little annoyances that you deal with everyday add up; someone invent an unbendable belt! lol.

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