This product review is on one of my all-time favorite accessories: the Marmont Gucci belt with double G buckle design. I wear it frequently not only because it is stylish but the design is so easy to use that I prefer it over regular belts.
I will go into just a brief product review followed by a detailed explanation of how to measure for a Gucci belt because it isn’t all that straight forward as one would think! I sure was pretty confused trying to buy it online with little sizing guidance (and the stores I called were not that helpful, either).
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Design and Functionality
I opted for the skinny belt which is .5″ wide (or 2 cm) in the faded, unfinished leather. The double G pictured above is the “new” Marmont buckle design. Head designer Alessandro Michele took his inspiration from the Marmont buckle that Gucci used in the 70’s and he relaunched it for his contemporary collection. This explains the vintage feel of the design and I wanted to enhance this by choosing the faded brown leather.
This belt is super easy to use as illustrated below:
First, feed the tip of the belt underneath the buckle through the tongue. You can see that instead of a long prong used in regular belts (fed into the hole from the inside out), there is a small knob that you poke through the hole from the top. I find this design so much easier! It also limits the constant rubbing of the buckle against the band at the spot where you would normally pull the buckle back to feed the prong through, so this belt shouldn’t wear out as fast.
The tip is then held in place with a belt loop that isn’t sewn onto the band itself but attached to a separate loop underneath which makes it adjustable. I think this is much more sensible than having a fixed loop because the tip length changes depending on where you wear your belt; more length wearing around waist or high-waisted pants or less wearing it lower.
Needless to say I am a big fan of the both stylish and functional design!
What’s your Gucci belt size? How to find your measurements:
I was dying to get my hands on the iconic double G belt but the nearest boutique that stocked them was not accessible so my only option was to order online. The problem was, I did not know my size! Belt sizes online were listed from size 60 upwards but I did not really know what that number actually meant, as in does a size 60 mean 60 around my waist, my hips, or does it mean the total length of the belt? I called two different Gucci stores for help but received two completely different answers. Fed up and impatient, I took my chances and ordered my belt in a size 80, assuming it meant the whole length of the belt from end to end. SO WRONG!
When the eagerly awaited belt finally arrived, it turned out that it was actually too long and the ideal size for me would have been a size 75, because it corresponds to…..(drum roll)… the length measured from buckle to the middle hole! In centimeters! So please please double and triple make sure that when you measure yourself, read the cm side of the measuring tape!!
So again: my size 80 belt is 80 cm measured from the tip of the buckle to the middle hole! There are 5 pre-punched holes, so that would be the third one in. See pictures below:
In hindsight, this makes perfect sense as you want to leave some room left and right for adjustment. The space between the holes is 1 inch or 2.54 cm.
When you take your measurements I would either:
a) take a measuring tape and measure directly around the part of your lower body where you want to wear the belt (hips, lower hips, waist) and use this as your point of reference – that’s your size!
b) take a belt you use regularly and measure it from the tip to the hole you use the most: that’s your size!
As an example, here are my measurements:
|High-rise pants:||73 cm|
|Regular rise pants:||76 cm|
|Low-rise pants:||83 cm|
This means my belt at 80 cm fits just fine except when I want to wear it around the small of my waist over shirts or dresses as pictured below. For this to happen I would need to get an additional hole punched at 65cm. In conclusion, I should have gotten a size 75 belt because that’s where I wear belts most often, but it’s not the end of the world. If you’re in-between sizes, I would recommend sizing up because it’s easy to get extra holes punched by a shoe cobbler if necessary.
This was a lengthy and detailed post but I hope it was helpful to you! Any feedback is appreciated and if you have any questions at all, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email!
XX – BK
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