The History of Belts

We wear belts around our waists to support our pants, add them to our clothes as an accessory and use them for specific types of work. In fact we don’t even really think about it too much on a day to day basis. Belts come in various colors, sizes, and designs, and are made with many different kinds of materials. Since belts are a part of our everyday clothes, have you ever wondered how the modern belt developed? Did you know that belts as we know them were used all the way back in the Bronze Age?

The kind of belts that we are familiar with today were invented in the early 1900s. But even before that time, belts, in the form of cords, fabric sashes, exotic skins, and leather, were used in the Bronze Age by men. Ancient Egyptians used them to tie long tunics. This helped them to be comfortable especially during times of leisure. Men during these times also wore belts to enhance their aesthetics. Wearing belts made them look like they had broad shoulders, outstanding chests, and small waists. Belts could also have symbolic meanings such as the belt worn by Catholic priests that featured three Franciscan knots which stands for poverty, chastity, and obedience. Exploring the meaning of different types of clothing may be a reason to write a whole scientific work. If you are interested, but don’t want to make research, type “pay someone to do my homework” in the search bar and enjoy the ready paper in a while.

Belts in Military

Belts were also a key component of the military uniform. Their belts carried sacks and sheaths where their swords and daggers are placed during battles. These were also used to communicate their identity. They used different colors of sash to identify opposing armies as well as their rank. An example is in the American Civil War where the general officers wore a buff colored sash, cavalry officers wore a crimson sash, and medical officers wore an emerald green sash.

Belts as an accessory for women

In the 15th century wearing belts became a regularly accessory for clothes. When the Renaissance came, women started wearing them as well. The buckles were added to the belt because it helped ensure the firmness. Since women began using belts, the buckle became softer and it looked more elegant. Belts became an important accessory for women especially when the new trends dictated small waists for women after the World War II. Women also found other uses for their belts including hang their cosmetics, mirrors, and purses. Chain belts have also been the part of women accessories.

In the twentieth century belts became common place for men to secure their trousers / pants. Pants started coming with belt loops. These belts were usually made out of leather and were standard colors like black and brown.

Decorative belts for women

Women’s dresses typically came with a belt that had similar fabric and style to the dress. Decorative buckles on belts were also introduced. Some were covered with fabric, some are studded with rhinestones, and others are carved out of various materials. In the 1920’s, the belt style was slim and were usually made from fabrics, ribbons, and cloths. In the 1930’s, belts became wider and their buckles were more decorative. Some were made from glass and pearls. In the 1940’s up to the 1960’s, the decorations were lessened and belts became more utilitarian. They were mostly made with suede and leather. Different sizes, shapes and styles of belts were also made. Nowadays belts are still used to accessorize the outfit and to shift focus to the waist.

Tips for wearing belts

1. Small waist woman look better with the belts as it highlights their body feature even if the dress itself is loose. If a women isn’t slim, she can still wear a belt but she should wear it higher.

2. It is always recommended to wear wide belts correctly because if the belt is worn on tummy fat, it will emphasize on the fat and the tummy pouch will stand out. Therefore, wear the belt on the flat part of your tummy, it will make your tummy look flat.

3. In case you are wearing belt on the pants, to hold them up, and you have a thin waist, you can simply tuck in the shirt and wear a wide belt. The belt will be prominent and will look great on a thin waist. If you have a tummy fat, you can wear a thin belt and keep the top loose.

We hope that these tips will encourage you to wear belts in a better way.

Where to Buy
Leather Skinny Women Belt Thin Waist Belts
BlackBeltShop Solid Rank Karate Martial Arts and TaeKwonDo Belts
BraceUP Stabilizing Lumbar Lower Back Brace Support Belt


1. Leather Skinny Women Belt Thin Waist Belts

this is a set of two thin waist belts for women. These belts have a beautiful buckle and would enhance any outfit one is wearing. The belts come in many colour options including the snake print, that is very much en vogue these days.

Belts in Martial Arts

You are probably familiar with belts being used in martial arts that practice actually started in the 1960s. Different colors of belts are used to denote ranks. There are three primary different colors of martial arts belt which are white, brown, and black. And in 1960, the white belt rank was divided into different colored belts which are yellow, orange, purple, blue, and green. These colors shows the progress toward a higher rank. Martial arts is a very common practice nowadays. Children are even learning this at schools and pre-schools. Martial arts helps people learn self-defense. The martial outfits and belts are readily available online and even some sports stores. If you are planning to buy an outfit, make sure you choose the right size.

2. BlackBeltShop Solid Rank Karate Martial Arts and TaeKwonDo Belts

these are karate belts available in all colours in a very fine synthetic material. The belts can be bought in a set or individually as well. The belts are very reasonable priced and are a great value for money.

Back support belts

Belts are also used as protection. Examples of this include back supporting / weight lifting belts which are used by workers to avoid spine and lower back injuries. On the other extreme belt buckles in particular became fashion statements with very large sizes covered with gems, gold and eye catching designs. Spine injuries are the most common type of injuries and can be really severe. Hence, doctors advise wearing a support belt at all times, especially while bending, lifting or sitting for a longer time. Also, support belts are used to speed up the post-surgical healing.

3. BraceUP Stabilizing Lumbar Lower Back Brace Support Belt

This belt is among the most comfortable support belts. It helps reduce the post-surgery pain and helps maintain the posture. The belt is a great value for money and is easily available online.

In our modern world belts are popular accessories to both men and women. We wear them to support our clothing and to add style and fashion as well. There are many different designs of belts available in stores and you can spend from a few dollars to hundreds depending on the material and the designer. Some people even collect belts and belt buckles. Belts will continue to serve two purposes – fashion and utility. The utility of belts will not change but there is no doubt the fashion of belts will continue to evolve with the times