When it comes to wearing suspenders, it’s important to know how they can help you. Apart from improving your look, suspenders have many benefits to offer.
Suspenders are popular in many working environments; Santa Claus wears them, lumberjacks wear them, southern gentlemen wear them and maybe your grandfather wore them. The fact is, suspenders are often thought of as accessories worn by older men, English "dandies" and, well, those who tend toward the eccentric.
Suspenders can add flair to your wardrobe without making you look like you stepped out of a 1940s movie. Plus, there are surprising benefits for those who choose to wear suspenders instead of belts. Suspenders easily fit this bill and they are very versatile. In addition to a timeless look, suspenders have several practical benefits. First of all, if you’re overweight you should definitely be wearing suspenders. Overweight lawyers wearing them will not have their stomach hanging over their belt. Instead, the suspenders keep the pants held up at your waist where they belong. As someone who has been there, trust me: nobody looks good with their stomach hanging over their belt.
Are your pants getting a little big on you? Suspenders can help there as well. Instead of clinching the material with a belt (which is very obvious and looks bad), use suspenders. They will hold your pants up even though they are hanging loose around your waist. This keeps your dress shirt from getting bunched up in your pants.
Suspenders are must-haves for formal wear -- such as tuxedos -- and it's considered a fashion no-no to wear both suspenders and a belt. Suspender wearers should also wear them with the proper trousers, that is, ones with no belt loops. Wearing suspenders allows trousers to hang properly from a man's frame and are more comfortable to wear than belts.
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Suspenders fasten with metal clasps or button loops. Metal clasps fasten easily and quickly but can damage cloth. On the other hand, button loops attach to buttons sewn into trouser waistbands, eliminating potential damage. Men who carry extra weight should always avoid wearing pants "below the gut," and suspenders can help with this. Suspenders keep trousers at a man's proper waistline and prevent shirts -- and pants -- from becoming unattractively bunched up.
After reading the first part of this article, you might be ecstatic. Instead of spending money on fancy belts, you can use those clip—on suspenders you know are lying around the house somewhere. Wrong. Clip-on suspenders are not acceptable with your suits. They just won’t look good. More importantly, they will ruin your pants. The clips have little teeth that are used to latch onto your pants. These teeth pull on the fabric and can cause rips or shreds in your fabric.
Instead of ruining your pants, spend the five or seven bucks your tailor will charge you to add buttons inside your pants. Start with a few pairs to see if you like the look and feel of suspenders. Your tailor will install three sets of buttons. Two in the front and one in the back. Button the suspenders onto these and thank me later.
If you decide you absolutely love your new suspender look, the final step is getting rid of your belt loops. This is an extreme step. But I’ve seen it on others and it really makes the suspenders look so much better. Especially when you’re wearing a jacket. It keeps anyone from thinking that you forgot a belt that morning.
Wearers can create many different looks with suspenders, making them versatile. Thin suspenders can be worn over T-shirts for an edgy, punk-inspired look. Thick suspenders can be worn under a suit coat for that smart, Wall Street look. Try wearing suspenders made of striped silk over a dress shirt and suit trousers for a hip yet sharp professional alternative to a suit coat. If you're going for a casual office look, pair suspenders with khaki slacks and a dress shirt with rolled-up sleeves.
Suspenders help the wearer to maintain good posture which, in turn, keeps the organs and skeletal structure in proper form. Belts actually mimic tourniquets at the waist. They can cause abdominal discomfort, displace internal organs and affect circulation. Suspenders cause the wearer to keep good posture because slouching will result in droopy, sloppy looking pants. For men who carry extra weight, suspenders create a vertical eye path that's slimming to a portly frame.
If you decide you absolutely love your new suspender look, the final step is getting rid of your belt loops. This is an extreme step, but I’ve seen it on others and it really makes the suspenders look so much better. Especially when you’re wearing a jacket. It keeps anyone from thinking that you forgot a belt that morning.
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