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A belt is a flexible band, made of either leather or a type of cloth, worn around the waist, generally serving the purpose of supporting clothing items that would otherwise become too loose, particularly trousers. A belt can also be for the purpose of style and decoration.

At one end of the belt is a belt buckle that is fashioned onto the other end of the belt. The other end of the belt contains several holes, into which a prong (which is part of the buckle) is inserted into for the purpose of securing the belt. Sometimes, there is a clamp system so that no holes are needed. In Western civilizations, males insert the belt through the pant loops in a counter-clockwise manner (as if looking upon from above) and females tend to insert the belt through the pant loops in a clockwise direction.

A variant of the belt is the utility belt, which includes pockets for carrying items that the wearer needs for prompt use and loops to hang larger items. Police officers, soldiers, and repair personnel are typical roles which use this kind of belt. The most famous fictional example is Batman's utility belt.


Another variant is the sash, which is a cloth belt designed to hold a robe together. A sash is usually tied about the waist. The Japanese equivalent of a sash, which is used for holding a kimono or yukata together, is called an obi. Sashes are traditionally part of formal military attire, and some decorations, such as the Legion d'honneur are worn with a special sash. In South and Latin America, the president's authority is indicated by a special Presidential sash. Decorative sashes may pass from the shoulder to the hip rather than around the waist.

The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (  ).  10/20/04

You are welcome to search the Amazon database for additional belt resources.  Their database provides information about belts that you can research by brand name, store name or price.  You can try the following links to search for various belts.

Women's Belts

  • Women's Leather Belts
  • Women's Braided Belts
  • Women's Basketweave Belts
  • Women's Sash Belts
  • Women's Cowgirl Belts
  • Women's Chain Belts
  • Women's Silver Belts
  • Women's Gold Belts
  • Women's Embroidered Belts
  • Women's Sequence Belts
  • Women's Fur Belts
  •  Women's Crocodile Belts
  • Women's Money Belts

Men's Belts

  • Men's Leather Belts
  • Men's Braided Belts
  • Men's Basketweave Belts
  • Men's Conchos Belts
  • Men's Cowboy Belts
  • Men's Crocodile Belts
  • Men's Military Belts
  • Men's Money Belts
  • Men's Silver Belts
  • Men's Gold Belts

Men can search Amazon for Men's Belt Buckles and women can search for Women's Belt Buckles and I guess cross dressers can check either ...  You can also visit the Apparel Search belt buckle store directory page at Belt Buckles.

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