It arrived in a little plastic bag like this:
Inside the plastic bag is the dust bag:
And the belt itself:
My initial reaction was that it was skinnier than I expected. It is supposed to be 1 inch wide. But for some reason I thought it was going to look a little wider in real life. So it looks more "delicate" than I thought lol. Here it is in relation to my hand:
So the color I got is tan, and the size is UK 80 (US 32). I initially thought it might be too long. But it was the smallest size they had, and I figure it's always better to be a little longer than shorter. When I tried it on though, I found that it's actually not too long at all. It could even be a size up I think! Since most of my pants are not high rise, the belt would sit somewhere around the hips, so I really should not go with my actual waist size. Glad smaller sizes were sold out when I got it. Otherwise I would have gotten a smaller one and it would not fit. That would have been $120 down the drain since it's final sale. Right now I wear this around my hips at the last hole lol.
As you'd expect from a $375 retail price belt, the quality is very solid, and I absolutely love the embossed check look. Only good things to say about that here:
If I gain weight, I'll just have more holes added towards the end of the belt as there is still a lot of room:
It is 100% calf leather inside and out. I'm so done with cheap belts which you use for a couple days and the outer skin rips to reveal some cheap material underneath. I've had my share of cheap belts, so I figure it was time for get something of better quality that would actually last. I think this one will do the trick.
I'm pretty happy with these as well! I got them in my regular EU size 36, and they are true to size and pretty comfortable. I can't believe they retail for $225 though. That seems pretty steep. I can see that they are very soft leather and made in Italy and all. But still! I got them for only $65 on Ruelala though, which is not bad at all. They are perfect for the purpose I bought them for.
Here they are on me with an actual outfit - though I did not wear them to work since they are so casual. But you get the idea.