Suspenders or Braces

Suspenders or Braces

Suspenders or Braces

Do you own a pair of suspenders or braces? Even the most dapper of men might not find themselves owning a pair of suspenders unless they went out looking for them. They may no longer be a mainstream men’s accessory, but there are absolutely situations in which braces are the better choice compared to belts. First of all, belts hold up your pants (and keep shirts tucked in) by compressing the waist. The obvious downside is that a belt will squeeze your waistline, and this can accentuate love handles as well as being a bit uncomfortable. Braces are traditionally worn with higher-rise pants that have special buttons, and since the weight is carried on your shoulders, the cut of the trousers can be wider than regular pants. This provides a smooth look as well as more comfort for the wearer.

There are some outfits for which suspenders should always be the default accessory. White tie, morning dress, black tie, and three-piece suits should be worn with braces. A belt should never be worn with a vest, as the vest and the belt interact awkwardly.

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