One of the more overlooked areas of stylish dressing is the relationship between belts and shoes. The first point to make regarding belts and shoes is that you should not actually match them, they should compliment each other. They should work together visually but not match so closely that it looks like you purchased them as a set!
A simple rule to keep in mind is that you should wear a brown belt with brown shoes and a black belt with black shoes. We will also cover tone, dress vs casual, and bright colors.
Tone will mostly apply to brown, as there are so many shades to choose from. The darker the shoe is the darker the belt should be. It is not advisable to wear chocolate brown shoes with a light brown belt. You will need to find something closer in tone. You want to create harmony in the tones of leather not conflict. Again, you want them to compliment each other.
The next point to consider is if your outfit is dressy or casual. We will look at three elements when determining this, buckle, leather type, and width. A nice, trim, shiny belt buckle says dressy. If you are wearing a suit with nice leather soled shoes this is the direction to go. If you have a belt with a buckle that looks like it was forged by a blacksmith in the Middle Ages you will want to consider wearing this with a more casual outfit like jeans. Choose your leather in much the same way as your buckle. Smooth and shiny leathers tend to be more dressy and rough or textured leathers are more casual. You also need to consider width. Generally dress belts are thinner than casual ones but be careful here as the size or width of the belt loops should also play a part in determining the width of your belt. You don?t want to put a narrow belt with a pair of pants that have wide belt loops. Your belt should fit comfortably in the loops.
The last area I want to touch on is how to select a belt when wearing shoes in bright colors like red or green. Wearing a belt in the same color will often seem like too much of a good thing. If you are wearing red shoes I can pretty much guarantee that your shoes are the focal point of your outfit and a red belt would only serve to knock your look right over the edge. Consider a brown that has some red tone to it like a caramel color or such. If your brightly colored shoes have a dark sole you may choose a belt that compliments the tones there instead of the upper.
Finally, belts are a very important but often overlooked part of a man?s wardrobe. They are another example of the attention to detail that a man must consider if he wants to be truly well dressed.
What do you get the most important people in your lives? When shopping for Wedding Party Gifts, it is important to make it personal. The day of the wedding will be all about the Bride and Groom, so it is customary to give the people chosen to stand up with you something unique and personal to let them know how much you have appreciated all the time, attention and well, money, that they have surely spent along the way to make your day so special.
It is traditional to give the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Flower Girl, Ring Bearer and Parents of the Bride and Groom gifts at the Rehearsal Dinner to thank them for all that they have done to help along the way in planning the wedding.
Traditionally, Bridesmaids are given jewelry to wear with their dresses as part of their gift. Make it something special by personalizing it with a message, the date or their name or initials: a necklace, bracelet, anklet or ring. Giving them something that they can wear again and again for years to come will always remind them of how important they are in your life.
Traditionally, Groomsmen are also given gifts that they can wear or carry in their pockets at the ceremony. Cufflinks with their initials engraved, personalized pocket watches and engraved money clips are all special gifts that show them that they were appreciated.
Flower Girls/Ring Bearer
Give your Flower Girl a children's pearl bracelet, child's sized necklace or an engraved jewelry box. Give your Ring Bearer a set of his own cufflinks with his initials engraved or a bracelet with the name and the date.
Mother of the Bride/Groom
Give your Mom(s) a special gift that acknowledges the new person to the family: a piece of Mother's Jewelry with the birthstones of all her kids (including the new one!), a diamond bracelet, an engraved necklace or bracelet with her name or initials. Give her something that will always remind her of this special day.
Father of the Bride/Groom
Give your Dad(s) a personalized gift, something that says I will love you forever: a personalized men's watch, engraved cufflinks or a bracelet personalized with the date. An engraved money clip will be great, now that he can start saving his money again!
Gifts for the Bride
The Bride has usually planned for months and sometimes years to make her wedding day special. Show her how much you care with a personalized gift. Give her a personalized bracelet with her new initials, the names of her Bridesmaids, or the date of her wedding. Give her an engraved anklet to wear on her honeymoon or a pair of new earrings to wear on the big day. Gifts for the Groom Give the Groom something personalized to remember his big day. Engraved cufflinks or a personalized money clip are great gift ideas. Get him a personalized pocket watch to make sure he makes it to the ceremony on time!
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