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Do You Have To Wear A Belt With Jeans? (Explained)

A pair of jeans with a well-fitted belt is always a pretty safe combination – it just works. But sometimes, a belt can feel restrictive. So, do you really have to wear a belt with jeans?

Jeans can be worn on their own without the need for a belt. In fact, many men already do this. When doing so, consider the style and fit of the jeans, the rest of your outfit, as well as the occasion or event you’re attending. 

Let’s break this down and take a look at exactly how you can wear your jeans without a belt.

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4 Reasons Why You Don’t Need To Wear A Belt With Jeans

First, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you don’t actually need to wear a belt with jeans.

Many people think that because jeans are designed with belt loops you have to wear a belt with them.

This notion might come from the fact that sansabelt pants exist and are designed without belt loops.

But either way, here are 4 reasons why you don’t actually need to wear a belt with jeans.

1. Correctly Fitted Jeans Will Stay Up On Their Own

For the most part, you wear belts to help hold your jeans up where they should be at the waist.

However, as long as you’re purchasing jeans that are the correct length and size, there should be no reason why a belt is needed.

2. Jeans Aren’t Designed The Way They Used To Be

Jeans weren’t always a fashion item.

Back in the 1800’s when they were first made, they were designed as heavy duty pants that could withstand a day’s worth of hard work.

Due to cost and the time taken to craft them, they were all predominately the same size. This meant that a belt was a requirement in order to wear them without having them fall down all day.

Nowadays though, jeans are mostly designed as fashion pieces rather than workwear. And back to our first point, this means that most of them are tailored to sit on the waist. In other words, no belt is required.

3. Suspenders Make Belts Pointless

The primary reason to wear a belt is to hold your jeans up. So, if you already wear suspenders attached to your jeans, then there’s no reason to double up and also wear a belt.

Besides, the combination of a belt and suspenders can look a bit strange.

4. Skinny Jeans Make Belts Unnecessary

If your go-to style of jeans is of the skinnier variety, then it’s probably safe to skip the belt.

Similar to our first point, skinny jeans are designed to sit quite tight against the entire leg, waist and glutes.

As such, unless you’re undertaking relatively physical activity, you’re not likely to have any issues with your jeans staying up where they should be.

4 Exceptions Where You Should Wear A Belt With Jeans

While we’ve touched on how and when you can wear jeans without a belt, it’s also important to note that there are exceptions to this.

Here’s when you should wear a belt with jeans.

Formal Settings Or When Wearing A Buttoned Shirt

This is important, particularly when you’ll be tucking your shirt in.

Any formal setting where you’ve chosen to wear jeans should include a belt. Quite simply, it looks cleaner and emits authority and style.

And while you could choose to wear jeans without a belt when wearing a tucked in buttoned shirt, it just looks so much more stylish and acceptable with one.

A few examples where this might be applicable include:

  • Job interviews or meetings
  • Client meetings
  • Weddings
  • In an office work environment

Physical Work

Although we did mention above that jeans these days are designed to fit comfortably and stay up on their own, there are still exceptions to this.

Even with a well fitted pair of jeans, you can expect some level of movement and the need for constant readjustment while undertaking heavy physical work or activity.

In these instances, it’s important to wear a belt so that you can focus on the task at hand and not on the thought of having to readjust your jeans.

When Wearing A Tie

While ties are generally associated with being dressy and worn with suits, many men do choose to wear them with jeans to dress down a little.

This is another instance where you should be wearing a belt with your jeans.

Although the purpose of wearing jeans with a tie might be to look a little less formal, the lack of a belt can look sloppy and come off as too underdressed.

When They Don’t Fit

And of course, if your jeans don’t quite hug your waist correctly, then a belt probably isn’t such a bad idea.

The last thing you want, especially in a formal setting, is to have your jeans constantly sliding down your waist and looking messy.

4 Tips For Wearing Jeans With No Belt

Now that you know when you don’t have to wear a belt with jeans, we’ve put together a few tips to help you make the most of the style.

1. Wear A Pair Of Tailored Or Well Fitted Jeans

This is one of the most important tips that will essentially make or break your no belt look.

Ensure that your jeans are either tailored or are a perfect, or near perfect, fit. Not only does this remove the need for a belt, but it also just looks so much more aesthetic.

By correctly fitted, we mean that they are the right length and sit snug over your waist. This means that they finish at around ankle height and do not hang over your shoes or drag on the ground.

We’d also recommend a skinnier fit to blend in with the minimal look that comes without a belt. 

With the rise of tailored jeans and the various sizes and styles available, it shouldn’t be a difficult task to find the right pair.

2. Consider Keeping Your Shirt Untucked

While your shirt isn’t likely to come untucked if you’re wearing a correctly fitting pair of jeans, we’d still recommend considering the option of keeping it untucked. 

This is applicable for your regular t-shirts and with some cuts of collared shirts, including polo and sports shirts.

It is a personal preference, however, a tucked-in shirt without a belt doesn’t give the same look of class and style that doing so with a belt does.

3. Avoid Buttoned Up Shirts

Most buttoned up shirts are designed to be tucked in and worn for formal occasions.

Having touched on the preference for an untucked shirt above, we’d recommend choosing a plain t-shirt of collared polo when wearing jeans without a belt.

Untucked buttoned shirts, particularly without a belt, do tend to look quite sloppy and should be avoided.

4. Limit Any Strenuous Activity

Again, as long as your jeans are tailored or correctly fitted, you shouldn’t need to worry too much about the risk of them riding down.

However, the exception to this is if you’ll be involved in any physical activity that requires a lot of bending or squatting. No matter how well your jeans fit, they’ll probably have a hard time staying up here.

While it might seem like a silly point to make, there are some men that do wear jeans to the gym, or even out when running.

Conclusion

So as you can see, there’s certainly nothing wrong with wearing a pair of jeans without a belt.

There are some occasions where a belt is desirable, but as long as you’re sticking to the above guidelines and feel comfortable, you’re well on your way to rocking the no belt look.