• Gucci Belt Guide // Choosing width, size + leather

    For today’s post, I wanted to answer some common questions I get on the ever popular Gucci double G belt. In addition to their soho bag that I wear way too much, this is another versatile small luxury. I love how it can elevate a simple outfit, especially now that I wear more black than ever! It also comes in very small, petite-friendly options so you don’t have to visit a cobbler. The numerous options can be confusing, though, so I’ve broken down width, sizing, and leather types below. The same measuring tips can apply to Hermes belts which are also sized in centimeters, except note those have 3 pre-punched holes while Gucci belts have 5.

    gucci logo belt review sizing width

    Gucci belt in Narrow (I have on the pearl), Medium, and Wide – I’m a size 70cm
    Express jeans 00 short (my review), BP sweater (similar), Sam Edelman rubber boots 5

    My sweater is old, but if you’re looking for a similar basic, here’s 3 affordable options with good reviews:
    – Abound ribbed bottom mock neck sweater starting in xxs, $25
    Halogen fuzzy mock neck sweater starting in xxs petite, $59
    Free Press mock neck sweater starting in xxs, $30

    choosing a belt Width

    Narrow (0.75″) , medium (1″) , or wide (1.5″)
    This completely depends on personal preference and how you plan on styling this belt. I have one in 0.75″ which I wear as a slim accent belt over dresses, and one in 1.5″ which is a statement piece. I’m about 5′ tall and assumed the wide wouldn’t be petite-friendly, but loved it when I tried it on! Please excuse how my sweater looks above – I just wanted to show the belt clearly for comparison.

    gucci belt review size width comparisons

    gucci pearl logo belt on petite sized women

    The pearl lover in me keeps on debating over this one! (1.5″ wide)

    Leather Type & buckle Color

    I’ve seen these belts in 2 types of leather: smooth vs textured. The textured is heat stamped, and looks + feels similar to some saffiano leathers. It’s only available in 1.5″ and is listed under Mens, however these belts are unisex. There’s also 2 buckle colors: brass (gold) vs palladium-toned (silvery), with the palladium also being listed under Mens.

    gucci belt textured or smooth leather

    Smooth vs textured leather in 1.5″ wide. Sorry for the poor lighting!

    To recap some current options:

    Wide: 1.5″ width
    Smooth leather (also at Nordstrom) in Black, White, or Dusty Pink (so pretty!) w/ brass buckle
    Smooth leather in Navy with palladium buckle
    Textured stamped leather in Black, Dark Brown, Cuir (cognac) with brass or palladium buckle

    gucci belt colors and buckles

    Medium: 1″ width
    Smooth leather in Black, Dark Brown, or Cuir with either brass or palladium buckle

    gucci belt colors and hardware options

    Narrow: 0.75″ width
    Smooth leather in Black, Faded Brown, White, Dusty Pink with brass buckle

    narrow gucci logo belts

    choosing a Size

    Waist belt or hip belt?
    Your size will differ depending on if you want to wear the belt at your waist, or around your hips (i.e. with low rise jeans). I suggest choosing just one! You can attempt to suit both by buying a bigger size to fit your hips, then get extra holes punched so it also fits your waist, but it’s not ideal. Unlike the Hermes belt, the tail end of the Gucci belt is not hidden / tucked in underneath, and there’s only one loop on the belt. So if you wear a long belt higher at your waist, the tail end with all the holes may hang loosely.

    For me, I definitely favor waist belts for wearing with dresses and higher-rise bottoms!

    Sizing system

    • Sizing starts in a tiny 65 (like an xxxs)
    • Numbers = centimeters, measured from the edge of the buckle to the middle hole (A to B)
    • Each belt has 5 holes total, spaced 1 inch apart
      gucci belt sizingI actually found the belt size guide on Gucci’s website to be pretty accurate! But to calculate the range that the smallest to biggest holes will fit, you can add and subtract 2 inches to each belt size. For example, size 65cm = 25.5 inches from the buckle edge to the middle hole. Factoring in +/- 2 inches, this means a size 65 belt has holes that should fit approx 23.5″ to 27.5.” A size 70 belt should fit approx 25.5 to 29.5.” 

    Double check your size
    In addition to checking out the size chart, I’d put on some jeans and a dress that you’d wear the belt with and measure around the outside, where the belt would hit. Compare these measurements to the range calculated above. I also recommend at least an inch of wiggle room in case of weight gain, since these belts can be shortened by a cobbler from the buckle end, but not extended!

    For reference, my denim size is currently 24 in most brands / Express 00 / Topshop 25. The measurement around my jeans waistband is 28,” and a size 70 fits me best with some room to grow into. 

    how to measure your waist for designer belts

    Where to Buy

    As with Hermes Constance belts, I’d be extra cautious buying these secondhand since there’s a lot of fakes. I usually make Gucci purchases directly through their website which offers free US shipping and a free return label, and they package up the order nicely. There are also so many more colors and sizes stocked on their site compared to in store or at other retailers. Whenever I’ve gone into the Gucci store looking for shoes or a belt, I’m told my size has to be ordered online. Net-a-porter is another option with some smaller sizes in stock now and free shipping.

    gucci belt online orders gift bag packaging

    Packaging of a belt ordered from Gucci.com (ships in a discreet cardboard box)

    This post got long! I’ll do a Gucci shopping Part II soon about their convertible flat loafer (versus the original loafer and mules), which is what I was shopping for in store this time around!

     

    36 thoughts on “Gucci Belt Guide // Choosing width, size + leather

    • Sophia January 11, 2019 at 5:41 am

      This was very helpful,thanks!I’m thinking of purchasing it on line since it’s not available in my country but always the chance of getting the wrong size was holding me back…

    • Elizabeth January 11, 2019 at 5:42 am

      Jean, thank you so much for doing a post on this! I am one of the people that messaged you recently asking about the belt. I am thinking about getting one, but haven’t bit the bullet on it yet. Do you find that you wear yours often? I am hoping it would be worth it! I would likely wear it with jeans versus dresses.

      • Jean | Extra Petite January 12, 2019 at 10:46 am

        Hi Elizabeth! I don’t wear my 0.75″ narrow one too much as I realized I love wider belts. I wear my wider Hermes ones all the time and needed more variety so finally bit the bullet on the 1.5″ wide Gucci one (had been holding off thinking it was too similar). It just arrived and I think it’s going to get a ton of wear!

        • Elizabeth January 12, 2019 at 11:12 am

          That is good to know! I’m thinking the 0.75” won’t get as much wear like you said, so I might go bigger. I can’t wait to hear which shoes you got. I am thinking of also order the mules at the same time as the belt so I hope you write that post very soon! Lol

          Thanks so much!

          • Jean | Extra Petite January 13, 2019 at 12:44 am

            I’m actually still debating between their Princetown mule and the Brixton convertible loafer! But if you know you want a mule, the Princetown is the way to go and is definitely more youthful and chic than their loafers (also fit was also true to size, in my opinion). I just wish mules were more practical where I live right now (brrrr)…

    • Janine January 11, 2019 at 5:43 am

      This is a really thorough and well-explained guide, really apreciate the work and effort you put into this post! I adore the Gucci belts, especially the dusty pink (a dreeeaaam!).
      Xx Janine
      https://walkinmysneaks.blogspot.com/

    • Rena January 11, 2019 at 5:52 am

      Thanks, this is helpful as I find it always challenging to decide for the right length of a belt.
      xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Jill January 11, 2019 at 8:25 am

      I hope this doesn’t sound like too basic a question, but would you mind saying a few words about how you feel about these belts in terms of the investment/cost? Like you, I have a wide mixture of labels in my drawers and closets representing many price points along the spectrum! I’ve never purchased a belt at this end of that spectrum but you’ve really got me looking. What convinced you to make your first GG belt purchase, and then more? Thanks!

      • Jean | Extra Petite January 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

        Hi Jill, I have a few Hermes constance belts which are more of a splurge (2-3x the Gucci price point) and I wear them a ton with jeans, dresses, tunics, ect so that prompted me to get the GG one for more variety. Relatively, I think the Gucci belt is a fair value for a statement designer accessory that’s super versatile. The quality is also very nice – leather and buckle are both weighty and I love how the wide 1.5″ one feels. I also love how the wider designer belts look buckled over a winter coat or trench!

        • Jill Zimon February 15, 2019 at 12:16 am

          This is super helpful, Jean! I love how your posts do such a great job showing off items from across the price spectrum. Your descriptions about quality, fit, use etc. are really helpful. I’m embarrassed to say how many of your recommendations I’ve taken, but also, I learn so much from what you share here. So glad I found your blog and thanks for taking such good care with it! It’s a lot of work, I’m sure!

    • Roses for Fridays | by mia January 11, 2019 at 8:37 am

      Wonderful post! Merci for the essential information on purchasing this belt.

      ROSES FOR FRIDAYS

    • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog January 11, 2019 at 8:46 am

      This is so useful, Jean – thank you! I’ve wanted a Gucci belt for so long. It seems like a more affordable way to wear the brand. So chic! 🙂

      Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
      http://charmainenyw.com

    • Mireia January 11, 2019 at 9:14 am

      I would definitely go for the wider one!

    • Felicia January 11, 2019 at 11:57 am

      Thank so you much for your post! I got the Soho disco bag for Christmas bc I love seeing it on you! I’m asking for a belt for Valentine’s Day and this post was exactly what I needed to decide on size and style.

      • Jean | Extra Petite January 12, 2019 at 10:51 am

        Ahh lucky you! So glad this was helpful xx

    • Arcadia January 11, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      This was very helpful and thorough. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kackie Cohen January 11, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      I have a trick for belts that have a long “tail” that isn’t hidden when it is buckled, and there aren’t enough loops on the belt or the garment I am wearing it with. Take a covered elastic band in a matching color, and slide it onto the belt, just like a pony tail, and slide it up toward the buckle. Then put on the belt and after buckling it, slip the long end into this new loop, and adjust placement of the loop as needed. Voila! The end of the belt stays flat and out of the way, and the new loop is very discrete. I use very thin covered elastic bands in a matching color, and don’t put them on the belt too tightly, to avoid leaving marks. It doesn’t work as well on a soft belt, like those on a coat, but for a stiffer material like leather or fabric with a solid back it is great!

      • Jean | Extra Petite January 12, 2019 at 10:52 am

        Hi Kackie, thank you for sharing! I do that sometimes with very thin clear elastics and will have to try it sometimes with your suggestion. My issue is I have a hard time finding elastics in the right width so it doesn’t either pinch or slide around on my bag or belt strap.

    • Elizabeth T. January 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Your posts are always so helpful, Jean <3 Thank you so much for sharing all of your insights and tips! And awww I hope both you and Nori feel better soon!

      XO, Elizabeth T.
      http://clothestoyouuu.com

    • Young January 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      This was very helpful! Thank you for sharing, Jean. I’m going to use a portion of my bonus this year to invest in a Gucci belt, and this guide will come in handy.

      The Style Intermission

    • x January 12, 2019 at 12:47 am

      I’ve been wanting to know about Gucci belts for so long without having to buy one so this is perfect, thank you! ❤

    • K January 12, 2019 at 8:59 am

      Thanks for the great review. Do you have a similar post about the sizing and different options for the Hermes belt?

      • Jean | Extra Petite January 12, 2019 at 10:56 am

        Hi there ~ Your waist size at Hermes and Gucci will be the same since they’re both on the cm system, but with H you’ll likely want additional holes punched since there’s only 3 instead of 5. And their medium size belt 38mm wide belt is the same width as the Gucci 1.5″ so that can help as a visual reference.

        Unfortunately whenever I go to either an H store or on their website, I never see small sizes anymore. This wasn’t an issue before when the stores cut and resize any belt for customers free of charge, but they don’t do that anymore unfortunately!

    • Dinah January 12, 2019 at 10:11 am

      This question is not about the belts but about the Edelman boots…I actually bought the same rubber boots last year due to your previous posts, but I can tell on your pics if you tuck in the loop in the back of the boots into your jeans or not.

      Thank you! I’m not a blogger just a longtime follower.

      • Jean | Extra Petite January 12, 2019 at 10:57 am

        Hi Dinah! I usually do not tuck the loop, and wear very cropped jeans that end above the top of the boot, or I’ll cuff my jeans to hit right at the boot opening. This time my jeans were longer and pretty skinny at the ankles, so I just pulled them over the entire boot opening including the loop.

    • Olivia Schueller January 12, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      obsessed with this post. How cute are all the different types and colors.

      http://www.oliviaschueller.com

    • Maureen January 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      This is a really nice review of the Gucci belt. That pearl one is pretty much perfection. I didn’t know that there’s so many options!

      Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • Shalinee January 14, 2019 at 3:51 am

      Hi Jean,

      I love your posts and your outfit ideas are very inspirational. I really appreciate how you give advise for outfits. I was wondering if you could post a little tutorial of how to tie and tuck different types of shirts/t-shirts. That would be great. You and your family look amazing! xoxo

    • May January 15, 2019 at 12:11 am

      Wow! This was so helpful. I wish you wrote this before Christmas lol. I recently got one and debated over a month if I should purchase the 75 or 80.

      May || https://themoderness.com

    • Ronnie C January 15, 2019 at 10:57 am

      i have been eyeing the pearl narrow belt but heard from SAKS the other day that consumers have been returning them as the pearls were falling out of the buckle after a few wear. it’s disappointing to hear.

    • Gigi January 20, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      Do you happen to know if Gucci is less expensive in Italy than in France or are the prices the same in both countries?

      • Jean | Extra Petite February 8, 2019 at 6:44 pm

        Hi Gigi – sorry, I haven’t checked prices for Gucci while abroad but if your purchase qualifies for a VAT refund, then that would likely make it less after the refund.

    • Roma DC February 8, 2019 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Jean
      Just wondering, for the 1” do you suggest the plain one or the textured one ?
      Thanks !

      • Jean | Extra Petite February 8, 2019 at 6:45 pm

        Hi Roma ~ the 1″ medium size does not come in textured. But even if it did, it’s totally personal preference! I have heard from friends the non textured holds up well even though its smooth.

    • Wendy February 8, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks for the thorough and helpful review. I loved your Hermès belts and considered buying one, but now I definitely considering the Gucci one. Which width and size did you choose for her Hermès Constance? For the Gucci wide, which do you recommend: smooth or textured?

    • Jennie February 24, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Hi Jean. Thanks for doing a very thorough comparisons. Quick question, do you know what size fit you for low rise jeans? I wear the same size jeans as you.

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