View Poll Results: Which direction do you put on your belt?
Male; right handed; belt starts to the right 9 7.89%
Male; right handed; belt starts to the left 70 61.40%
Male; left handed; belt starts to the right 0 0%
Male; left handed; belt starts to the left 11 9.65%
Female; right handed; belt starts to the right 5 4.39%
Female; right handed; belt starts to the left 17 14.91%
Female; left handed; belt starts to the right 2 1.75%
Female; left handed; belt starts to the left 0 0%
I've never worn a belt, so I don't know 0 0%
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:06 AM
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Putting on your belt, which direction?

Which direction do you put on your belt? Starting going to the left and around your body, or to the right? Is there a general consensus on which direction is standard? Or is it more a determinant of your gender or your dominant hand?

I'm male, left handed, and I start my belt going left.

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:09 AM
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In before the poll!

Male, right-handed, belt goes left. That way you can cinch it down using your right hand. And believe me, with my gut, that's a lot of cinching!
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:12 AM
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In before the poll!

Male, right-handed, belt goes left. That way you can cinch it down using your right hand. And believe me, with my gut, that's a lot of cinching!
Since we're not allowed to post "me too" posts, I'll just say "me also."
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:13 AM
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Female, right handed, start it going to the left. I have no idea why, though. I never wondered about it until I read this question.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:14 AM
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if you put it on in the wrong direction then the buckle design will be upside down. how nerdy is that?
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:17 AM
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right handed - start the belt from the left.

op should have also asked when you put the belt in. I thread my belt through the loops after taking the pants off the hanger and have them ready to put on the next morning.

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:18 AM
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if you put it on in the wrong direction then the buckle design will be upside down. how nerdy is that?
Now that you say that, I remember having a western belt as a kid that had my name stamped into the leather on the back. In order for you to see the name correctly, the belt had to be put on going to the left. So that may be the standard direction.

Plus those rodeo riders with the belt buckles indicating their championships, etc. probably have to go a certain direction also to be readable. I would suspect it is to the left also.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:19 AM
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op should have also asked when you put the belt in.
Good question. I put my pants on, then put my belt on.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:20 AM
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op should have also asked when you put the belt in. I thread my belt through the loops after taking the pants off the hanger and have them ready to put on the next morning.
Now that's a bit strange. I don't take my pants off the hanger until I'm getting dressed and then put the belt on after my shirts tucked in.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:21 AM
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Male, right handed, start to the left. Which, as mentioned, is the "proper" way according to whoever makes belt buckles...though I guess to be fair most belt buckles don't have an "up" or "down," so it doesn't matter most of the time.

But still...it starts on the left...don't put it on the right, that's wrong. That's like going sock-shoe, sock-shoe...you just don't do that! Sock-sock, shoe-shoe!
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:46 AM
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Now that's a bit strange. I don't take my pants off the hanger until I'm getting dressed and then put the belt on after my shirts tucked in.
What is this "hangar" you speak of? My pants come out of the laundry basket in the morning. If I'm just going to go back to the shop the next day, the belt stays in the pants, which go on the floor.

Oh, and it starts on the left.

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:50 AM
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I hang my pants over the back of a chair by my bed. I wear the same office pants three days unless they get something spilled on them. Belt stays in the pants until I get a fresh pair from the closet. I try not to wake the wife in the morning. So I prepare everything the night before. Put on the clothes the next morning and go into the kitchen without waking her.

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:57 AM
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All the fancy cast belt buckles guys wore in the 70s worked with the belt starting to the left. I still have my Levi's belt buckle as seen here-

http://nvisionshop.com/?wpsc-product...ts-belt-buckle
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There's no option for "I always put an onion on my belt".
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:05 PM
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I alternate. I thought everyone did.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:32 PM
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I wear suspenders.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:57 PM
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Female, right handed, start it going to the left. I have no idea why, though. I never wondered about it until I read this question.
Male, but otherwise would have posted a nearly identical reply. Then I began to think a bit and...

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All the fancy cast belt buckles guys wore in the 70s worked with the belt starting to the left.
Then I remembered my old belt buckles that assumed starting on the left and... damn it. I do another "me too" post rather than coming up with a contribution.

Most of my current belts are "smooth plaque" types where the "buckle" looks like a smooth polished piece of metal and has a short, stationary peg on the back that is pushed into the appropriate hole on the belt. The belt would look identical no matter which side it's threaded through... but I still do left first.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:45 PM
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It has seriously never occurred to me in life before this thread that anyone would start a belt to the right. It's as though someone invented a previously unheard-of dimension. Your science confuses me!
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:54 PM
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Wow...I didn't know I was doing it upside down (or backwards or whatever) for all of these years! I've never had a belt buckle that wasn't symmetric, so I never noticed.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:55 PM
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Who needs a belt when you've got suspenders? (In my belt-wearing days, and with casual clothes that do not give themselves naturally to suspenders, I took the standard route, right handed and to the left.)
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:58 PM
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I wear suspenders.
Front to back or back to front?
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:18 PM
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Belt goes NASCAR style as viewed from above.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:35 PM
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I alternate. I thought everyone did.
Me too. If I wear the belt the same way long enough it starts to sag, so I switch periodically. Yeah, I know, OCD.
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Me too. If I wear the belt the same way long enough it starts to sag, so I switch periodically.
Me three.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:54 PM
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I'm with the majority.

What I want to know is...where are all the left-handed Dopers?
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:23 AM
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Right handed, start from the left. Don't know why. Could never switch now. I use to have a belt with a fancy buckle that would have been upside down if I went the other way. I don't recall ever considering that at the time though.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:55 AM
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Right handed, and I have no preference. Some days it's left to right, some it's right to left.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:42 AM
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Left hander checking in. I start on the right, maybe because I use my left hand to start threading it through?

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Old 04-19-2012, 06:59 AM
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It has seriously never occurred to me in life before this thread that anyone would start a belt to the right. It's as though someone invented a previously unheard-of dimension. Your science confuses me!
Men's and women's clothings used to open on opposite sides; many still do. Jeans tend to be "man-sided" in any case, but right now I'm wearing a shirt with the right over the left, and every man in sight is wearing shirts with the left over the right. The belt has to go in the way that will make it easier to take off the clothing; thus, a belt I wear with jeans will go in the left, whereas one worn over a camisero (a dress which buttons down the front) or one worn with woman-sided dress slacks will go on the right.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:01 AM
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Right handed, and I start it on the left. Because if I did it the other way it would be backwards. My belt looks like it could be put on in either direction, but I tried doing it "backwards" just now and it felt weird, since I always do it the other way. Like trying to drink my coffee with my left hand - I can do it but it feels wrong.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:58 AM
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Who needs a belt when you've got suspenders?
if a person were rotund, then a belt may not tighten at a narrow enough point to be of any useful purpose; suspenders are then needed for upness and the belt act as decoration and a stiffener for the pants top.

also if a person hangs lots of stuff on their belt (not a dress situation) it might not be tightenable enough and suspenders are then needed for upness.
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Me too. If I wear the belt the same way long enough it starts to sag, so I switch periodically. Yeah, I know, OCD.
I don't even think of it as OCD. Why would I want a curved belt?! So yeah, I alternate.
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