So you’ve accumulated quite the collection of quality leather dress belts, and you’re now starting to run out of places you can drape them in your wardrobe. Now would be a great time to invest in a belt organizer to keep everything in its place and easy to access. But what are the options, the pros and cons of each, and perhaps most importantly — which one is best for you? Well, that’s why we’re here!
You have a few different options when it comes to belt storage ideas. You can store your belts rolled up in a transparent display case, in a wooden accessory box, or an organizer within your drawer.
Alternatively, you can hang your belts instead. This makes them easy to grab on a whim and makes keeping them with their associated outfits easier. It can also be kinder on the material, but this depends on the belt itself. Keep reading to learn our top advice on how to store a leather belt. If you want to learn more about how to pick the best belt for your wardrobe, we have an article on just that. With that said, let’s get into it.
Is it better to hang or roll belts?
The answer to this question depends on whether your priority is space or longevity. Hanging belts is generally the better option for more expensive belts as it reduces the chance of scratching, scuffing, and other damage that can occur when you have your belts stored rolled up. In contrast, rolling up your belts is a good space-saver, so if you’re limited on wardrobe space, this might be your best option.
If you do opt for hanging, a hook-based option like this pull-out belt rack or this hanging rack for belts will be kindest on the leather but might scratch the buckle over time – especially if the buckle is made of a poorer-quality metal. Slot-style hangers might be better if you’re concerned more about preserving the buckle than the leather, though they can wear at the material over time instead. Which you choose will depend on your priorities and the quality of each component of your belt.
Does the material matter for belt storage?
To an extent, the material your belt is made from will affect how you might want to store it. Genuine leather belts are generally much more durable than faux-leather, so they might take easier to less forgiving storage situations. Rolling, for example, can cause polyurethane or bonded leather belts to split quite easily, as they don’t have the same flexibility as real leather.
Faux leather is also far more susceptible to sunlight which will cause it to fade over time, so storing your PU or PVC belts out of direct sunlight is always recommended. While genuine leather will last a bit longer, it’s still prone to fading with extended exposure to sunlight, so it’s best to keep all of your belts out of direct sunlight if possible.
How to organize your belts by outfit
The main rule of thumb when it comes to organizing which belt goes with which outfit is not to wear brown belts with black or dark grey trousers. It’s also best practice to match the colour (and ideally finish) of the belt to the colour of your shoes, as this creates a more harmonious look throughout your entire outfit.
There’s nothing worse than scrambling to find all the individual pieces of an outfit when you’re in a rush. If you store your outfits pre-organized with a shirt, jacket, trousers on a single hanger, you can simply hang your belt over the hanger to keep everything together and ready to go. However, this can result in belts falling out all over the place when you’re sifting through your wardrobe. Instead, consider keeping your belts alongside your outfits on a handy rotating belt hanger or on a typical hanger-style belt organizer if you want a more consistent-looking wardrobe.
How to keep belts rolled up
If you intend to keep your belts rolled up, it’s worth investing in a display case for easy access. Suppose you prefer to keep your accessories on display so you can marvel at your exceptional fashion taste. In that case, an acrylic accessory display case like this might be better suited to you (they’re also great for watches and jewellery). Want to know how to store belts in a drawer? You’ll need a belt organizer like this one to keep everything compartmented and avoid a tangled mess of belts filling up your top drawer.