According to the NEW Lexicon Webster’s Dictionary, a Buckle is “a stiff fastening attached to one end of a belt, ribbon, strap, etc., the other end being threaded through it and secured by a hole over its spiked tongue as and when required; a similar device in the form of an ornament . . .”
Belt buckles are “hot” today, and can add style and fashion to any look. They have been in existence for many years, having started, basically, as a utilitarian device. However, today they are available in a vast array of designs, styles, and uses.
Hearts, flowers, butterflies, are most frequently incorporated in and designed as ladies’ belt buckles. These can be found in bright enameled colors, sparkling rhinestones, and pastel colors. Belt buckles can be worn with a pair of jeans, or with slacks to coordinate an outfit and add some fun, or even with a skirt as a bright accessory adding your own personal fashion style. Ladies’ belt buckles can be found in so many colors and designs that the choice to match or contrast with your outfit-of-the-moment-of-the-day is only limited by your imagination Belt and Road Initiative.
All belt buckles that do not obviously and specifically fit into the “ladies'” category, are promoted for both men and women. Now that’s not to say that if you are a flower-loving man, you can’t wear a flower belt buckle . . . or a heart-loving man, that you can’t wear a heart belt buckle. Don’t get me wrong. You can wear whatever belt buckle you like. So there!
Specially designed western belt buckles appeal to cowboys or cowgirls. They include rodeo belt buckles or beautifully ornate silver belt buckles inlaid with turquoise, as well as bull or skull belt buckles. Some belt buckles represent occupations – almost all occupations have been displayed on a belt buckle, whether it be a trucker belt buckle, fireman belt buckle, plumber belt buckle . . . just choose the occupation you prize and it probably can be found.
Military belt buckles and American belt buckles are true emblems of patriotism, and can be worn with utmost pride and in humble honor. Words need not be spoken. Many American belt buckles include the USA flag or the eagle. Some speak of Freedom or Rights or Love for our country. But all American belt buckles portray devotion and deep gratitude for a country built and unified by and for the common goals of “the people.”
Biker belt buckles boast a life of their own – rough, tough, wild, death-defying, indestructible. Slogans such as “Live to Ride” or “Ride to Live” are proud, purpose-driven mottos inscribed on many biker belt buckles. Bikers ride with wild abandonment, with an air of ownership of the roads. It’s hard to know what came first: the biker belt buckle or the biker attitude . . .! Bikers wear their biker belt buckles as an obvious adornment, yet with a casual nonchalance that belies their persnickety obsessive angst at finding the slightest scratch or ding or smudge on their “metal,” be it bike or buckle!
Cross, Christian, and religious belt buckles convey messages of faith, hope and love. Christian belt buckles are worn with bold conviction and fervent faith, offering promises of peace and justice for all. Often Bible verses are inscribed on the backs of these cross belt buckles, worn close to the body as a “shield of faith.” Religious belt buckles are often worn to invite conversation about the basic meaning of life.
Personalized, or initial belt buckles satisfy many categories and purposes. These belt buckles make great gifts and should be seriously considered for the person who seems “to have everything.” These unique and ultra personal belt buckles are special tokens of appreciation for wedding party members, or can be ideal family reunion mementos, or great as Birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, graduations gifts, “I thought of you today” gifts, or simply ‘just because’ gifts.
Not only can belt buckles be worn to accessorize by adding color and zing! to an outfit, they can also be worn to convey a message. Some belt buckles merely imply a message, through the choice of the design; others leave no doubt, their message emblazoned in graffiti or logo or image. Regardless, a message can be blatantly stated on a belt buckle – silently stated, but clearly read or implied. These unique belt buckles are often worn to express a passion, a philosophy . . . or even hopelessness.
Today you can find sports team belt buckles, business logo belt buckles, and can even order custom-made belt buckles according to your own wildest imagination and specifications and for your own purpose or project. The possibilities are endless.
Belt buckles are very “hot” today, collectible always, and may become truly valuable tomorrow. In the meantime, there is nothing better than a belt buckle belt to hold up your pants!