X to Y about Suspenders for Men

It’s 8 o’clock in the morning. The sun is shining brighter than ever and I have work lined up for the whole day. I put on my shirt, my trousers and as soon as I went on to grab my belt, a thought circled around my mind…

Why not try something else today?

Why not try suspenders rather than wearing my regular brown leather belt..?

And so, I ended up putting on my brown leather suspenders. To my utter surprise, I immediately fell in love with the whole look. I wasn’t expecting much from suspenders as I hadn’t laid my eyes on suspenders for a long time.

Seems like my relationship with suspenders was going to change all for the better. It was sophisticated, classy yet it wasn’t looking like I was going over the top.

I am quite sure most of you are familiar with suspenders. But if you are not familiar with it or this is the first time you have heard of suspenders, then it is my duty to guide you through a brief description about suspenders so that you get a rough idea of what exactly suspenders are and how you can implement it in to your wardrobe to look ever so stylish.

What are suspenders?

Suspenders are long strip of fabrics worn over the shoulders which helps in holding up trousers. They are attached to the trousers either by buttons or clips. Most suspenders are made out of elastic but many a times they are even made out of fabrics such as leathers, silk etc.. When they are made out of fabrics, a layer of elastic is stitched on to the fabric so as to provide elasticity as it would be impractical to make custom suspenders for everyone.

Now that we know what suspenders are, let’s move on to..

Shapes of suspenders

Most modern day suspenders make an “X” r “Y” shape at the back for additional strength and support but a very few also comes with an “H” shape at the back. But since “X” and “Y” are the most popular suspenders shapes, we are going to discuss about these two shapes in this article.

Who suspenders are for?

Suspenders are for anyone and everyone who wants to look fashionable and aims to stand out in the crowd. Since, suspenders are perfect for both casual and formal wear, I highly recommend suspenders to be a part of every man’s wardrobe.

How to put on suspenders?

It’s mostly your preference whether you want to fasten the back of your trouser to the suspenders first and then put on your trousers and fasten the front of the suspenders.


You can also fasten all the buttons or clips before putting on the trousers and then wear the trousers with the buttons fully fastened. I, personally prefer the first option as I feel it helps to adjust the suspenders better.

Choosing the right suspenders

We now know that suspenders basically comes in two shapes viz. “X” and “Y”, so let’s move on to which shape of suspenders you should choose..

If you are a person who is more into the formal look then the “Y” shaped suspenders are just perfect for you as it compliments suits and formal outfits perfectly. On the other hand, if you are the kind of person who likes to wear casuals more, then I would suggest you to go for the “X” shaped suspenders as majority of “X” shaped suspenders comes with clips which gives it a more casual look.

Thickness of suspenders

Most people ignores the thickness of suspenders but according to me, they are equally important to consider when choosing the right suspenders for the right occasion.

Nowadays, you can find super skinny suspenders but I would suggest you to refrain from it since it has the tendency to make you look like a little boy trying to fit in a man’s world. The recommended thickness which I would suggest is you should go for at least 1.25”- 1.75” with 1.75” being for someone with broad chest and shoulders.

Fabrics used for suspenders

Nowadays suspenders comes in a variety of fabrics such as leather, silk, jacquard and even satin. But the most preferred material used for suspenders, is obviously, elastic. I, myself, prefer elastic over any other fabric when it comes to suspenders as all other fabrics tends to be a little less flexible for my liking. But ya, I adore leather suspenders as leather always manages to impress me no matter what.

Buttons or clips

Traditionally, suspenders were always worn with buttons. But lately, many modern suspenders are coming out with clips as most young guys feel buttons are a bit too old fashioned. However, if you are looking for a more refined and clean look then buttons should be your preferred option.

Moreover, if you are a person who wears mostly formal clothes, then buttons are your only way to go for. On the other hand, if you want to try a hip and trendy look, then I would suggest you to go for clips.

How to wear suspenders as business wear

Suspenders can be worn almost everywhere if you know how to mix and match this beautiful piece of accessory. According to me, it’s kind of a god sent when it comes to man’s accessories.

Without further delay, let’s dive into some of the looks you can carry off with suspenders depending on your professional environment..

  • Office

Suspenders are perfect to wear in your workplace. It can make you show off your style and personality, yet at the same time, maintaining the proper essence of formal wear.

You can even wear suspenders with suits. Complementing it with a formal tie is just a look which will be eye catchy yet sophisticated.

But make sure not to wear clipped suspenders as a formal office wear. Ever!

Always go for buttoned counterparts.

  • Creative

If you work in a creative environment, you can go for various colored suspenders. It helps you show off your playful personality. You can wear it with a t-shirt and a flannel shirt over it which will lend a playful touch to the whole look.

How to wear suspenders as casual wear

You can play with so many ways with suspenders when it comes to casual wear.  

  1. Try wearing printed or leather suspenders on top of a t-shirt and a pair of jeans.
  2. You can also try wearing it with a denim shirt and a pair of chinos or linen pants.
  3. If you are looking for that oomph factor, try suspenders over a flannel checked shirt and dark jeans and finish up the whole look with a pair of leather low ankle boots.

These are just some of the styles which I prefer personally. It’s all up to you as there are no hard and fast rules for suspenders when it comes to casual wear.

General rules to follow when wearing suspenders

Although suspenders are a versatile piece of accessory which you can accessorize according to your needs, there are a handful basic rules which you should follow when wearing suspenders.

  1. The fabric of the suspenders should generally match or contrast to the rest of your outfit as otherwise you run the risk of looking totally out of place.
  2. If you are wearing leather suspenders, make sure you match the suspenders with your shoes.
  3. Never wear a belt along with suspenders.
  4. Avoid multi colored suspenders with suits. If you really want to wear multi colored suspenders, then I would highly suggest you to wear it with blazers or suit jackets as it can help you make a statement if that’s what you are aiming for.
  5. Never, I repeat, Never ever wear low waist trousers with suspenders.

This article basically covers almost all the major points which an average Joe needs to know about suspenders and can implement it to improve his dressing sense. I could have gone into more details but that might have been a bit more technical. But, if you guys want to learn more about suspenders, do comment below ⬇️

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