It’s been said that suspenders are better than belts because two are better than one. But for me, suspenders somehow don’t fit well so I’m more of a belt person.
One of the biggest pains of using a belt is the belt hole. It’s a tell-tale sign of one’s waist size!
Hence, I was intrigued when I heard about the auto-lock belt where there is a row of grooves (above) at the back of the strap instead of a row of holes.
Though I spotted many online and in stores over the past couple of years, the price was higher than what I was prepared to pay.
The breakthrough came last Saturday at a private sale at BHG Singapore where everything was going for 30 percent off. When I reached the men’s section, the hourly special just started. “S$19! Every belt in these three racks is at $19 each. Genuine leather belts, auto lock belts…,” bellowed the promoter.
I made a beeline to the racks and walked away with three auto lock belts.
When I reached home, I tried putting on the belt and it fitted really well. Then, horror of horrors!
I thought I knew how to unbuckle the belt — after all, I was used to auto lock canvas belts. But, the latest buckle works differently. There’s a little release latch at the bottom (right, circled). And how did I know? Let’s just say, “Thank you, YouTube!”.
After a weekend of using it, I certainly like my latest buy because…
- It is flexible — giving me room to grow and shrink (it happens sometimes) without obvious tell-tale signs.
- It is affordable — At S$19, albeit at a sale, it’s a steal.
- It looks great — The absence of belt holes give an overall seamless look.
A quick check over the Internet revealed that the auto belt can be had for under US$20 from several listings on Amazon, one of which is here. What’s best is that there’s a video clip to show how to unbuckle the belt so you won’t have to face the same cold sweat moments as me.