For the gent of today, it is hugely important to have some excellent go to, versatile accessories that will really spruce up any outfit. One of the most used has to be the good old belt and a particular style which looks fantastic with summer ensemble is the woven variety. There is a lot of choice out there at the moment however if I was to pick a personal favourite on The Gentleman Select, it would be the Smartweave from Arcade Belts.
What I liked about Arcade Belts from the moment I visited their website, is their no-nonsense attitude, passion and drive to producing high quality, functional items. “Arcade Belts feature materials meant for the outdoors, that stand apart from rigid leather, stiff webbing, and cheap logo-stamped crap”. Straight to the point indeed and they do exactly what they say. Starting off with the best and lightest, most durable fabrics, they intricately weave these together to produce belts which are not only practical, but comfortable to.
There is four styles to choose from, the Adventure; Utility, Crossover and Smartweave which I picked. For me one of the best features of a well constructed woven belt is its movement. It the ideal accompaniment to a pair of nicely tailored shorts or chinos and an accessory you’l be thankful for after over indulging in some holiday beers and delicious food. The Smartweave is also priced at £30, Which for me is extremely competitive considering the quality and craftsmanship you are getting. There is five colour options to choose from; black/brown, olive/green, navy, brown/caramel and black. My choice was the brown/caramel, a highly versatile colour I knew would go with many of the items I own.
What actually really makes the navy colour pop is the lovely tanned, real leather buckle and belt end, perfectly finished with some neat stitching. Feeding the belt through, it sits snug within the loops and again that well made, woven structure makes it extremely easy to adjust the size for maximum comfort. For me I would recommend wearing this with a number of items and colours. First up, some nice tailored shorts. Pick a lighter colour, white will really make the belt stand out along with a classic stone colour and light blue.
Nicely fitting chinos should also be in your wardrobe arsenal and much like the shorts, a light stone colour or blue will work extremely well with this belt. On the top half I would continue to run with the fresh summer colours out there at the minute. A clean, crisp white shirt or t-shirt will look excellent, whilst a soft pink will also compliment the bottom half very well.
Throughout the years I have bought countless belts and whilst I do have some great leather examples, the Smartweave from Arcade is easily the best woven example I’ve had. The attention to detail and passion that has went into making these items is fantastic, with the variety to choose from very strong. No matter whether you plan on using one of Arcade’s belts in a relaxed, or rough, active environment, I’am confident you will not only find the one for you, but it will live up to all your expectations to. You can visit the website here and order yours now.