Is a designer belt worth the money?

Designer belts have gained popularity, not only for their functional purpose of holding up trousers but also as an accessory in fashion when worn with dresses and coats too. Fashion lovers often choose designer belts for their label, style, and quality. However, the question most people ask is whether investing in a designer belt is worth it. And with prices sometimes eye wateringly high, it’s no surprise.

Quality and Durability

One of the reasons people invest in designer belts is their quality and durability. They are made with high-quality materials, which make them last longer than regular belts. For instance, leather designer belts can withstand wear and tear, and over time they develop patina, which adds to their appeal. In comparison, non-designer belts tend to wear out quickly and may require frequent replacement.

Branding and Status Symbol

Designer belts are often perceived as a status symbol and a statement of luxury as people love to show off the brand’s logo centre front of their outfit. Designer brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès are recognised worldwide, and owning one of their products can elevate your status. Additionally, wearing a designer belt signifies that you have invested in a high-quality accessory, which could portray you as having good taste and being fashion-forward.


One of the significant drawbacks of investing in a designer belt is the cost. They tend to be significantly more expensive than regular belts, which puts them out of reach for some people. Furthermore, a designer belt’s value does not necessarily translate to its cost, meaning that you could pay more for the label and brand than for the actual product. When deciding to invest in a designer belt, you need to make sure that the cost is worth it based on the features and qualities you are getting, and also how versatile it is too, some are double sided, some have removeable hardware so can be used mixed and matched, some work really well with many outfits.

Fashion Trends

Fashion is ever-changing, and designer belts are not exempted from it. What is trendy today may not be fashionable in a year, so investing in a designer belt could be a gamble. Trends change, styles evolve, and your designer belt could become out of fashion within a short time. If you are looking for a long-term investment, then investing in a classic designer belt that never goes out of fashion could be a better option. For example, Chanel do a reversible silver CC logo belt in black/maroon leather, and because it’s not a seasonal item it’s usually available in Chanel boutiques and always on trend, but expect to fork out over £600 if you can get one. And as for Hermès, they offer their belts in the same leathers and colours as their handbags, and just like Chanel they come with removable hardware too, plus many are reversible, so investing in either brand can prove more cost efficient as you effectively get two belts in one.

So, what do we think? Is it or isn’t it worth investing in a designer belt?

It could be a valuable addition to your wardrobe for sure, and I personally think it’s a wise investment as it can add that little bit of va va voom to an outfit. If you have the finances to invest, then you should consider buying a designer belt for its quality, durability, and potential status symbolism. However, before making the decision, you should weigh the cost against the benefits, and most importantly, the research which designer suits your style and brand preferences.

At Dress we see a lot of preloved designer belts coming into the shop, so you could get the best of both worlds, a fabulous accessory at a fraction of its original price. It’s a win win!

Christine x