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1930s Half Belt

Estimated production time is currently 12-14 weeks from order confirmation
Base Price:£870.00
Standard size range is 34" to 48" inclusive, other sizes are available by special order

• Classic 1930s cut

• Slimmer fit

• Zip closure

• Angled Chest pocket

• Deep moleskin lined hand-warmer pockets

• Button cuffs

• Side adjusting straps

• Double pointed rear yoke

• Pleated half belt back

• Pictured left in Brown Chromexcel Front Quarter Horsehide

Introducing you not just to an Aero Leather classic, but a whole genre – the Half Belts. The false half belt jacket, or more commonly shortened to ‘half belt’ jacket, is characterized by a belt or strap that appears to wrap around the waist of the jacket from the back. However, the false half belt feature is purely ornamental and while it may not serve a functional purpose beyond adding visual interest, the half belt is a classic and timeless design element that has stood the test of time and adds a touch of style and sophistication to any garment its featured in.

We took the best elements from countless originals that have passed through our hands over the years to create our famous design which is now known as our 1950s Half Belt and later made a slim-fit 1930s version which became and continues to be our most popular style in the genre.

The 1930s Half Belt has a four section back: a large four-pleated panel split by a double top yoke, a false belt, and a lower panel beyond the belt with side adjusting straps at the sides. It has a classic three pocket front set up which are all slightly more angled than the 1950s version and its cuffs are closed with buttons as is more typical of 1920s/1930s styling.

But the 30s and 50s half belts were just the start – we now have a diverse range of around thirty half belt styles – both original recreations and our own designs - all inspired by our favourite classic jackets which feature this timeless and stylish design element. 

However, the 1930s Half Belt's understated, classic design makes it an enduring style at the top of our best sellers list, so its a excellent place to start if you're having troubles deciding!


Design Etymology

The origins of the false half belt jacket are unclear, but it emerged at some point in the early 20th century as a design element that added visual interest and style to otherwise plain jackets. The style became very popular among both men and women and was featured in countless classic designs and trends over the years. The ‘half belt’ was so ubiquitous that as we began to expand our range in the early 1980s, the ‘Half Belt’ was the third jacket we ever made after the Type A-2 and the Highwayman which began our ongoing project to resurrect and reimagine countless other half belt designs.

This jacket is a 1930s inspired design which offers a closer fit to the body as was typical of the slimmer fitting styles of this era.

The perceived ‘correct’ fit of the 1930s is generally similar to modern sizing, so we typically recommend selecting your usual size for this style to achieve the intended fit.

We very rarely recommend sizing down.


For further general sizing information, please see our sizing FAQ section. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for there, please get in touch.

Don’t worry, all sizing information displayed here is only a guide. Every order placed is checked over by a member of our production team who will confirm your size selection against your measurements or recommend any necessary changes that need to be made. If you have any specific queries, you can note these in the special instructions box on the ‘measurements’ page when placing your order.