Shopping online for belts is so hit-or-miss for me, because despite what the size chart says I never really know where the tightest hole will lie, and more often than not it's nowhere near my waist. And while braided belts are always a fail-safe, they don't always go with everything and of course we all need some classic leather belts in our wardrobe.
My one and only belt from BR was a skinny leather one purchased several years ago, which only fits because I was desperate enough to punch a hole in it myself with some extra-pointy scissors. And while it serves the purpose, it's not exactly pretty looking if anyone cares to examine it closely. I was hoping that BR has somehow improved their sizing in the last few years, so I decided to order several belts that were available in XXS to see how they fit.
Unfortunately, none of them are small enough to fit my true waist, but these first two are somewhat passable:
The other two that I got were so loose they would be a joke unless they were meant to be hip belts (and if so, that should've been stated in their description):
I don't think I'll be keeping any of these. To date, I still haven't found a belt that truly fits off the rack except for braided or stretch ones. I wish belt manufacturers would just punch a few more holes in their smallest sizes, I'm sure it doesn't cost them any extra and they would gain a number of customers who would then find them to fit.
I've heard that belts can be taken to shoe repair shops to be resized, but I'm not sure how much it costs and it's a little bit of a hassle to be honest. Alternatively, I've seen some inexpensive leather punching tools that can punch holes in a variety of sizes... which sounds like a great idea:
It's so cheap that I'm thinking about just getting it to try. It definitely would solve my belt sizing problems, but I'm afraid it might ruin a nice belt (which is also then not returnable!). Do you have any experience with these tools or have gone to get it professionally done?