May 26 2010
I have quite a sizeable belt collection, which numbers well in excess of 50. I have belts in python, perch, crocodile and ostrich, many variations of studded and riveted belts, and an array of buckles that range from the enamelled skull of an antelope, in miniature, to an iconic shiny silver “H”. You’d think I would have every conceivable belt-wearing occasion covered.
And yet I decided recently that I had none that were smart, casual, comfortable and summery all rolled into one. I have always been drawn towards the kind of canvas belt that comes with a pair of Abercrombie jeans or chinos, but I simply can’t bring myself to wear something that has been thrown in for free. So when I discovered the Greca belt, £120, from Tod’s on a recent shopping excursion I knew I had found the answer to my dilemma. It’s made from elasticated cotton canvas, in a reassuringly heavy gauge, which comes in plain shades of navy, beige and cream as well as double stripe combinations of dark blue and either burgundy or beige.
But what I love most is the buckle, which is made from leather and uses a simple interlocking system to fasten it. The result is a chic and understated belt that is also incredibly comfortable to wear. And with its in-built stretch you won’t have the embarrassment of having to loosen it a notch if you have indulged in a big lunch.