When it comes to buying a belt for your child, it may be very tempting to just grab the nearest thing off the rack that comes close to fitting, but kids fashion has really come a long way and there are tons of styles, materials and types of belts available that are just right for kids. Belt buying can be a fun and enjoyable time for you with your son or daughter and needn’t be dreaded.
Getting their first belt as a young man or lady will make them feel so grown up and they will enjoy showing it off to their friends and family too. There are different reasons that your kids will need belts. It depends on the occasion the belt is needed for what type of belt will be the best choice. Measuring your kids for a belt that fits isn’t hard at all, and is a necessary part of getting just the right belt for them.
Both boys and girls can use play belts for when they’re playing outside or just hanging around. If you want their play belts to last a long time, then making sure that they are made from durable materials will be your best bet. For boys, this will mean a genuine leather belt of some kind or even canvas, which, unless cut, will be very strong.
For girls, who are usually easier on their clothes than boys are, the durability isn’t as big a deal unless your daughter loves to play rough and tough. This doesn’t mean that you want to get a poor quality belt; it just means that you may have a bit more variety to choose from. This is something that you will know ahead of time and can look for exactly what will work with your particular child. Seeing as how most little girls love to dress up or have pretty things, finding play belts that are fun and full of color and style will not be difficult at all.
There are two styles of school belts that your child could end up needing. If they are in private school and have to wear a uniform, then a dressier belt may be needed that will complement the uniform. For boys, this may be a black, dark brown or tan belt, depending on the colors of the uniform. MOST school uniforms are similar in style and involve tan or dark dress pants, and for girls a skirt in a dark color. The belt you choose to go with a more formal uniform should be on the thinner side as most dress belts are.
If your child goes to public school or a private school where no uniform is required, then this opens things up quite a bit when it comes to choices. Boy’s belts can be wider, and in black, brown, tan or canvas depending on what they like to wear to school. If it’s jeans most of the time, a black or brown belt will look really nice no matter what kind of shirt they decide to wear.
For girls, the sky is the limit really. Girls love to look nice in school no matter what their age, and there are so many fun belts made with glitter, rhinestones, and other embellishments, that they can go wild with all the design choices and belt styles available. Having a few different choices that will go with several outfits is always a good idea, that way you don’t have to get her a belt for every single outfit, which could get REALLY costly!
Special Occasion Belts
Any kind of special occasion such as church, a wedding, a party or special dinner can be a reason to wear a dressier belt. Special occasion belts are very similar to the belts that would be used for school uniforms, but you do have some leeway with creativity. If your son loves western wear, you can get a special occasion belt that has a fancier western buckle or tooled design on it. Belt buckles are a great way to dress up a simpler belt design and still match the special occasion. If your daughter loves flowers, you can get floral belts or even dressy belts with rhinestones in the shape of flowers on them for special occasions.
As unfair as it may be to the boys, the styles and varieties of dressier belts are much more plentiful for girls as they are boys, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t ANY choices for your young man. You just may need to check a few more places to find belts that give him some style as well as keeping with the dressier theme.
If you’re buying special occasion belts, you can buy them 2-3 inches bigger than their size so that they can wear them for a couple of years, barring any sudden growth spurts that they may go through.
Common Materials for Kids’ Belts
Kids’ belts can come in all kinds of materials from genuine leather to plastic. What material you buy will ultimately depend on how long you want the belt to last. Typically, the cheaper made plastic belts won’t last very long which doesn’t mean you can’t buy it, it just means that you may need to replace it sooner than if you chose one with more expensive material.
No matter what you choose or what occasion you are buying belts for, it can be a lot of fun to try on different styles and designs to see what your son or daughter prefers. A special belt that they like, or a fancy buckle can make a great gift at Christmas of their birthday and you can even get them personalized with their favorite things (i.e. dogs, butterflies, horses, etc). For the safety of your child it is not recommended to get a belt personalized with your child’s name on it.
Letting your child express themselves through their clothing accessories can be a fun thing for them, so have fun watching them discover their own likes and dislikes. If you make it fun for them, they will never forget buying their first belt!