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Answering FAQs About Suspenders


Suspenders, also known as braces, can be an intimidating accessory to try to wear for the first time. If you’re new to the world of suspenders, don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of answers to frequently asked questions about this accessory so you can be confident you are wearing them the right way. 


Why Should I Wear Suspenders?

Suspenders are a classic and timeless accessory that will add a touch of sophistication to your look. They come in a variety of patterns and colors to elevate your outfit. They are also very useful for people who find that belts don’t provide enough support or simply prefer the look of suspenders. Additionally, some people find that suspenders are more comfortable than belts, especially people with larger waists because they distribute the weight of the pants evenly across both shoulders.


How to Put on Suspenders?

Suspenders can sometimes be tricky to put on, but with a couple tips, it’s super easy to do! Start by attaching them to the back of your pants before getting dressed. Once your pants and shirt are on, bring the suspenders to your front over your shoulders, then they will be convenient to attach to the front of your pants. Most suspenders come with adjusters, so you can slide the adjusters in the front to your perfect fit. Make sure you adjust them to be secure but not too tight.


What are the Different Kinds of Suspenders?

  • Button-end suspenders have leather ends that attach to the buttons in your dress pants. They are considered a more formal type.
  • Clip-on suspenders are the most convenient type because they feature metal clip ends that do not require buttons to attach to your pants. This makes them easy to wear with jeans, khakis, or any other pants that do not already have buttons sewn into them. These are seen as less formal than button-end.
  • Convertible Suspenders feature both button-ends and clip-ends that can be easily switched between depending on your outfit or event!
  • Formal suspenders are made with fabric ends that also button into your pants. As the name suggests, these are the most sophisticated type that is ideal to wear with suits and tuxedos.


Do Suspenders Come in Different Sizes?

Here at Trafalgar, we sell both regular and big and tall sizes. Regular sizes can adjust anywhere from 26 to 46 inches. Big and tall sizes usually range from 40 to 56 inches. 


Can I Wear a Belt with Suspenders?

The answer to this question is a simple no. Suspenders are designed to be used instead of a belt, so wearing both is not necessary.


Can I Wear a Cummerbund with Suspenders?

Some people think of a cummerbund as a belt, so they are unsure if it’s an acceptable accessory to wear with suspenders. But not to worry, this garment goes on the outside of your suspenders and is perfectly suitable to wear with suspenders. Just make sure that your cummerbund, suspenders, and bow tie are all matching or at least complimentary colors!


Do Suspenders Go Under or Over a Vest?

Most people choose to wear suspenders under their vest, so we recommend this classic look. However, it is acceptable to wear suspenders over your vest if you prefer! 


In conclusion, suspenders are a versatile accessory that will add a touch of personality and style to any outfit. Whether you're wearing them for fashion or practicality, it's important to understand how to wear them correctly and choose the right accessories to pair them with. With these tips, you'll be able to rock suspenders with confidence!

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