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This post is about the sizing of the Gucci Marmont Belt
If you take a look at my Instagram page you will notice immediately my love for the Gucci Marmont Belt. I have three of them and they are my all time favorite accessory. Yes, it’s a designer luxury item and it’s pricey. But I got my three over a period of two years and I don’t regret spending the extra money one bit.
I fell in love with the double G buckle as soon as I saw it and I knew I had to have one of these belts sooner or later. The most common question I get (and one that I had myself) is which size to get.
Gucci Marmont Belt Sizing
Gucci have recently updated their belt sizing chart, possibly in an attempt to make it easier for consumers to decide on a size. However, I think they have made things even more confusing. There are two charts – one for hip measurement (low rise) and one for natural waist measurement (high rise).
The chart is helpful in determining your size but what it doesn’t tell you is that the belt will only fit one of those two measurements. According to the chart, the difference between the low rise and high rise measurement is only 2 inches. That’s not much of a difference if you think about it. I’m a size 8/10 in pants, 29/30 in jeans. In the US that mostly means that my natural waist is 30 inches (which it is, on a good day, haha). My hips measure around 38-39.
So the difference for me is at least 8 inches. And I’m not much of an hour glass figure. There are people out there for whom that difference will be much bigger. The only people that I can think of that won’t have a great difference between natural waist and hips are MEN! They’re straight up and down. But most women have hips that are much wider than their natural waist.
The belt comes with only 5 holes (the shaded area) and the length in centimeters indicates the measurement from the tip of the buckle to about the third, or middle, hole. The low hip point in the picture below indicates where the last factory made hole was for me – the 5th hole. I’m not sure how they’re determining the natural waist point to be beyond the last hole. Unless, the size chart doesn’t have exact inch measurements in mind – who knows, since Gucci is Italian, maybe their inch measurements are not precise.
In other words, if you get the belt to fit your hips (low rise) you won’t have enough holes if you bring it up to your natural waist. If you get it to fit your natural waist, it will be too small for your hips.
Figuring Out The Gucci Marmont Belt Sizing
My solution is: get the belt to fit the largest part of your body – your hips when wearing mid to low rise jeans – and then add holes so it can fit above your hips to your natural waist. Not only is there a larger than 2 inch difference between hips and waist, but the desired width will vary depending on the type of clothing you have on. Jeans or lets say a blazer or coat will be on the thick side. But you might choose to wear the belt over a thin summer dress. All of that variation will require you to have more than the 5 holes that the Gucci Marmont Belt comes with.
And rather than using your US pant size, I recommend getting a measuring tape with centimeters and measuring the widest part you want the belt to fit you. Then get that size belt.
Adding Holes To Your Gucci Marmont Belt
You have a couple of options if you decide to add one or more holes to your belt (I think you will need more than one).
- Have your Gucci store add them for you for free.
- Go to a cobbler and have them add them for you for a small fee (mine charged me $1)
- Get yourself a leather hole punch tool (the same one that the cobbler uses) and add as many holes to as many belts as you like.
The tool is called Revolving Punch Pliers. It comes with different width spokes. First check to see which size spoke can fit inside your existing holes – most likely that’s the correct size to use. Remember, you can always widen the holes but you can’t make them smaller.
Measure the distance between the holes and mark that spot on your belt with a pencil. Then make sure it’s centered in the middle of the belt. Take the tool, place the spoke over the mark and squeeze hard. You might have to wiggle the tool side to side to cut that final layer of leather. The resulting hole should look identical to the factory made holes.
What About Voiding Factory Warranty
This is probably the first objection I get to the prospect of adding holes. Yes, altering the belt will void any warranty that Gucci provides. The question is, what is that warranty? Gucci will accept returns only within 30 days of purchase. So once you have inspected your belt and have decided to keep it, you will not be able to return it after 30 days even if you didn’t add any holes to it. I have serious doubt that Gucci will honor any returns after the 30 day time period because of defect. I’m sure they will attribute those to wear and tear.
But anyway, what is the point of having a belt that you can’t wear in every way possible! And the warranty is over after 30 days anyway. Once I knew I was keeping my belts and did not want to return or sell them, I wanted to get the most out of them. That meant wearing them with thin and thick clothes, low rise or on natural waist. In my opinion, you wouldn’t be getting your money’s worth if you could only wear your belt one way.
Where To Shop For The Gucci Marmont Belt
If you’re like me and don’t live near a Gucci store, you can try their website or one of the department stores that carry Gucci. When I was getting my belt, my desired size and color were actually on back order for a long time. I kept stalking both Gucci.com and the other retailers that carry the belts until it finally became available.
In addition, you might be able to use coupon codes or membership rewards at some of these retailers to offset the cost of the belt:
If you are part of the Nordstrom rewards program you can use your notes towards this purchase and also get rewards back from it!
Neiman Marcus periodically has tiered sales. Sometimes Gucci is excluded but other times it’s not. Also, you get 15% off your first purchase if you sign up for their online newsletter.