How to wear suspenders or braces
My last article was about how to wear a vest, today I will continue writing about man clothing items that woman had borrowed and made them perfect – suspenders or braces or shoulder straps!
I’ve started wearing shoulder straps in 8th grade (’95) when I was en-route to my new style for high school. I remember finding the braces in my father’s closet and fell in love with them instantly. If my first suspenders or braces were black with brown and yellow lines easy to match with anything the following were more daring – wide or thin, bold colors and multiple patterns.
I’ve accessorized with braces a lot of outfits and it’s so easy! Just go and buy some suspenders and then try them with clothes that you already have in your wardrobe as fallows
* suspenders with short jeans and a tank make a casual look
* wear wide suspenders with suit shorts for a classy look
* add suspenders at a pleated skirt and bring some menswear inspiration to the outfit
* use a cross-body suspender strap with an jeans skirt for an industrial look
* use chiffon shoulder straps and a mid-skirt to make a breezy outfit
* braces, shirt, tie and suit pants
* or for a feminine look use a classy skirt, a blouse and matching color suspenders
* a plain top and some boyfriend jeans with hi-heels, thin and colorful braces
* high waist jeans, a white V top and jeans suspenders for a vintage look
Here is how I wear them at the office:
Short history of suspenders
Albert Thurston began to manufacture the first known modern day suspenders (known as “braces” in Britain) in 1820. Originally the suspender straps were made of a tightly woven wool join together as an “H-back,” to make what looks like an uppercase H. This H-back model it was replaced by the X-back and know Y-back is more common.
On December 19, 1871, Samuel Clemens received the first of three patents for suspenders “Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments,” that were designed to be used with underpants and women’s corsets as well.
Metal clasps were invented in 1894 by David Roth therefore the pants no longer had to come with buttons sewn in the waist. (Source: wiki)
In 1938, Long Island, NY tried to ban a man from wearing braces without a coat calling it “sartorial indecency”.
In the 40’s and 50’s big actors start wearing suspenders for the fashion purpose. The following year, suspenders became associated with obnoxious wealth through Michael Douglas’ portrayal of ultra-capitalist Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. (Source: Times)
Recent years have seen a fascination with early 20th century culture – speakeasy-themed bars, mustaches, fedoras and so on.