It was because of their strong association with military equipment, Belt Buckles were primarily a masculine ornament well into the 19th century.
Belt Buckles became more popular as fashion accessories in the early 20th century, as the tops of trousers moved more toward the waist.
"Western-style" Belt Buckles were largely popularized by cowboy movies in the United States.
Cool Belt Buckles are often awarded to winners in rodeo events as a prize medal or trophies, a custom later adopted by the Western United States.
The large, flat surface of the western-style Belt Buckles make them a popular rhinestone ornament or style of jewelry.
Decorative "Western Belt Buckle sets" may also contain a horses, bulls, longhorns, eagles, guns, wild animals and some rhinestone ornaments.
The hip hop Belt Buckles, these are very popular among baby boomers and our tribal youth, these Cool Belt Buckles may contain music instruments, sports teams, biker motorcycles, skulls, skeletons, flowers, name initials, funny sayings, pets, dogs and cats.
Then there are the Work Profession Belt Buckles, these Cool Belt Buckles may contain firefighters, policemen, masons, doctors, electricians, tow truckers, ambulances, emergency responders.
Here you can find most of the popular Trade Professions in the world, these can be found in our vast Trades & Professions Belt Buckle selection
Sometimes are also awarded to scouts for participation in or completion of activities.
Other "Belt Buckle Plates" may be decorative covers for a plain Buckle or other decorative fittings affixed to the Belt itself, similar to "Conchos" (from a Spanish word for "shell").
Like I always say: Consider stepping a bit out of the comfort zone and commence by owning a few unique flamboyant Cool Belt Buckles and Belts that go with your dressing style.
Generally speaking, we should all own at least as many Belt Buckles & Belts, as pairs of shoes that can easily be mixed and rotated through.
In fact, I recommend that when you buy a new pair of Shoes, you should always buy a Belt Buckle and Belt to match that pair of shoes.
Thank You All: Mark Martins