There is nothing worse than sagging pants! If your trousers are not tailored to fit your waist then you will struggle to keep them sitting snug and comfortable for the rest of the day. It’s out of place to keep tugging at your pants when you can hold them firmly in place with a pair of suspenders. Yes, suspenders have made a major comeback and this timeless accessory has never gone out of style because without them, we would probably have a generation of men stuck with only belts for all of eternity. Suspenders have presented a stylish alternative to having to wrap a piece of leather around your waist taking any outfit to the next level and keeping your pants up all the while. Suspenders offer a suave way to stand out from the crowd and make a statement without saying a thing. Apart from being affordable, easy-to-wear and a fun addition to your wardrobe, it provides you with a colorful and versatile solution for almost any occasion life sends your way.

Here’s a complete gentleman’s guide on how to wear suspenders for any occasion like a boss.

TYPES OF SUSPENDERS

Suspenders come in two basic types: Clip-on and Button-on suspenders.

Clip-on versus Button-on suspenders

Clip-on suspenders are the categories that attach to your trousers with clips. The clip-ons are very versatile and can be worn with almost any kind of pants or trousers. They are considered to be the most casual category because it pairs well with shorts, funky jeans and other fashion-forward attires. To attach clip-on suspenders to your pants, you start from the back by clipping at the middle of your waistband and pull the suspenders over your shoulders to the front before attaching the remaining clips to your front waistband. The clip-ons are prone to popping right off of your pants if not high quality so invest in quality over quantity.

Button-on suspenders are the categories that attach to your trousers with buttons. Button-on suspenders are considered more formal than the clip-ons because they are common with formal attires. To pair a piece of trousers with a button-on suspender the pair of trouser will be required to have six buttons hidden along the inside of the waistband for the suspender loops to button unto. To attach button-on suspenders to your trousers, start from the back to attach the loops to the buttons and after buttoning on, wear your trousers before looping the remaining buttons to the suspenders on the front waistband but ensure the front of your suspenders run in one smooth line from your shoulders to your pants.

If your pants don’t come with suspender buttons, you can always add them on either by yourself or have your tailor do it for you.

Aside from the different fastening types, suspenders usually cross up at the back in different shapes which is mostly the X and Y shapes.

For the X-shape suspenders, the straps meet in the middle of your back where they cross before meeting at the opposite end at the back of your pants forming an X-shape. The X-shape meets at two points at the back of your pants and would require being clipped at four spots (two in front and two at the back)

For the Y-shape suspenders, the straps also meet in the middle of your back but instead of crossing over into two points, the straps converge into a single strap before going down your back forming a Y-shape.

Whichever shape you choose is a matter of personal taste but Y-suspenders are often considered more modern and formal and cater for a very clean silhouette. X-suspenders on the other hand are a practical choice associated with workmen than parties or events. So, if you are wondering how to wear suspenders casually, you can try the X-shape but skip it when wearing a tux. However, if you need more support, X-suspenders are the more dependable choice.

PICKING THE RIGHT WIDTH – THIN VS WIDE SUSPENDERS

When choosing which suspenders to wear, width is an important consideration because a subtle change in width can significantly impact your look. The rule of thumb for suspenders is: the thinner, the more casual the finished look while wider suspenders have a more formal and classic finish and look.

Thin suspenders can be as thick as 1-inch wide and they can elevate casual attires with a touch of elegance and it is ideal for slim guys. These suspenders are best worn with jeans or chinos with tees.

Wide suspenders are usually wider than an inch and half and these are the most classic suspenders with a dressy and formal look and they are ideal for all body frames. Wide suspenders can be worn with shirts, dress pants, suit or a tux.

TIPS FOR WEARING SUSPENDERS

Deciding to ditch your belts for suspenders may be new and exciting for you but you do not want to end up looking like a clown. Follow these tips and you will never go wrong:

Accessorize

To pull off a star-studded look. It is best to ensure that your suspenders match your outfit. Aim at complementing the materials, patterns and colors of your suspenders and tie to achieve your desired look. Bow ties and slim ties are best pairs with suspenders or you can decide no tie altogether – choosing a wide tie will draw attention from the suspenders and throw the outfit off proportion. Finally,  a nice pair of sock is important to tie the outfit together.

Ditch the belt

The greatest mistake and fashion blunder you can ever make is choosing to wear suspenders and a belt at the same time since the two serves the same purpose. Always wear a suspender on a plain waistband and never with a belt on.

Choose the right size

When it comes to choosing the right suspender size, always pay attention to the length and width. Choose a size that comfortably fits over your shoulders and torso. For the width, it’s dependent on the look you desire to achieve- casual or formal.

Don’t be too matchy

Instead of coming off as matchy-matchy, work towards achieving a smooth look using the same color spectrum or complementing colors. Going all one color can be awkward when you are trying to be stylish. While we do not approve of black suspenders with brown shoes, don’t get all-in-one color either instead, coordinate the color temperature and spectrums.

Don’t clash fabrics

Wearing leather suspenders with canvas shoes or wearing textile suspenders to a formal event is out of place rather; maintain the same tone and weight when pairing.

And there you go! Everything you need to know to make a splash with suspenders. Are you keen to trying a more fashionable look that will make you stand out from the crowd? Be sure to let me know as you explore.

By King Aguguo

King Aguguo is a local and international model, actor, and entrepreneur, lives in Maryland USA. He is passionate about fashion and it's accessories and therefore launched FASHIONTRENDSNEWS.ORG as a platform to inform, advise, and interact with his fans and the general public in making an informed decision with their fashion statement.

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