From polos to club ties to argyle socks, Ralph Lauren has spent the past forty years showing Americans our style heritage—even if he had to invent it first. But this belt goes as well with a pair of beat-up jeans as with a gray flannel suit, as well with flat-front khakis as with madras shorts. He saw the utility of alligator—a material that looks better with age than cow leather—and then lined it with Italian calfskin. Lauren knew that after you loop it through your jeans enough times, the belt loses its upper-crust luster and takes on a genuine patina of American cool.
Alligator-Skin Slide-Buckle Belt, $920
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