When purchasing a belt, there are a few things many buyers will consider.  Whether it’s the color of the belt, quality, or just a certain style—there are many factors that go into making a purchase.  But did you know that there is a certain way you are supposed to wear a belt? Depending on your gender, and even what your dominant hand is, there are set ways belts have and should been worn for years now. Knowing which way to wear a belt can help you determine what kind of belt and buckle is perfect for your needs.


Historically, women and men have worn belts in different ways. Men will typically wear a belt counterclockwise, from left to right, with the end of the belt going through the buckle and ending on the left side of the zipper. However, a left-handed man might end up wearing their belt clockwise, from right to left, due to their dominant hand. This also leads us into which direction women will wear a belt.

Women have historically worn their belts clockwise, from right to left, with the end of the belt going through the buckle and ending on the right side of the buckle or zipper. This information can matter with certain types of belts and buckles, like the ratchet belt.


 A Ratchet belt is a belt that does not have any belt holes, and uses a ratchet system, where the belt will lock into place by using the inside of the buckle.  These types of belts often stay in place by using a latch inside the buckle that will lock onto the teeth of a belt.  It also allows for you to change the size of your belt to a more accurate size than a traditional belt through belt holes.

Check out different styles of ratchet belts here

 A traditional belt will go through belt holes that are typically spaced out 1 inch apart from each other. With a ratchet belt, the buckle will lock into place on the teeth of the belt which are much closer and allow for more flexibility and “in-between” sizes. For example, here are the steps for a Nexbelt Ratchet belt:

 Find you pant size

  • Add a couple of inches and then cut
  • Insert strap into the buckle clasp

 These belt buckles will have a small lever on the bottom of the buckle that will release the latch, releasing the belt. This is set up for someone who wears their belt clockwise. However, some like it on top and will with wear the belt counterclockwise or purchase a different kind of buckle. But you want to make sure you get a quality Ratchet belt that will last.


 No one makes a ratchet belt, like Nexbelt! We use only the best quality to construct our belts. Our belts our designed with quality in mind, which is why we are the only belt buckle with stainless steel screws, replacing traditional pins, for a more reliable, stronger, secure hold. Go to NEXBELT today, to find the perfect belt for your life and leave belt holes behind!