Secret Suspenders: A Guide to Undergarment Suspenders

While we love to show off a good pair of suspenders here at SuspenderStore, we also understand that sometimes, it’s just as much about the function as the fashion. If you want the support of a sturdy pair of classic suspenders, but don’t want them to take the attention away from the rest of your outfit, you may like to try out some undergarment suspenders.

These soft, subtle suspenders are unnoticeable when worn under your clothing, and they offer the reliable support that will keep you feeling confident all day long. Here are a few facts that you should know about undergarment suspenders.

They’re very comfortable

It may seem strange to wear your suspenders underneath your clothing, but you can rest assured that they aren’t at all uncomfortable. Undergarment suspenders are meant to be worn under an undershirt or even just right under your work shirt, and thanks to their incredibly soft construction, you won’t notice them at all. Most pairs of undergarment suspenders are made of a material that is similar to an Ace bandage, so you won’t feel a thing when you’re wearing them.

Undergarment-Nickel-FullThey’re virtually invisible

Because undergarment suspenders are made of a very thin, stretchy material without bulky adjusters, you won’t have to worry about them looking strange under your clothing. They’re also made of only flesh-colored materials, so they won’t show through clothing, either.

Great for active professionals

If you’re a doctor, a waiter, or in another profession that keeps you on your feet all day long, undergarment suspenders are a great alternative to a bulky belt. Because you can’t see them from outside your clothing, they’re also great for anyone who needs to wear a uniform to work.  People who sit all day will appreciate our incognito side clip undergarment suspenders clip onto the sides of your pants thereby avoiding the discomfort of clips pressing into your back.

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Frequent travelers, have no fear; undergarment suspenders even come in airport-friendly versions without any metal pieces. Rest assured that with these suspenders, you won’t have to dress down to get through airport security.

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Back to School Suspender Style

Return to campus or the classroom this year looking like a million bucks with dapper suspenders. Whether you’re looking for a great way to reinvent your look or just want to add some standout style to this year’s wardrobe, SuspenderStore has got the fashion tips required for any style-savvy scholastic achiever.

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  1. Suspenders with Denim — You may think suspenders are all about formal fashion, but that’s not the case. Don a pair of blue jeans and casual suspenders for a laid-back look you can rock from the quad to the classroom. We love these solid-colored clip suspenders for pairing with your skinny jeans. Pink suspenders are great for spirit week, while simple navy blue suspenders are suited for everyday wear.

  2. Slim, Leather Suspenders — Jump on the trendy train with a pair of super sleek, hipster-friendly leather suspenders. Much like the skinny tie, the skinny suspender is all the rage, and black or brown leather really brings this hot-right-now look to life. Couple them with a slim-fitting button-up or a white V-neck for a more casual style and add a matching a leather belt. You can’t go wrong when you style these suspenders with a bow tie, too, for a particularly professorial look.

  3. Novelty Suspenders — Okay, class clowns and nerds alike: it’s your time to shine! Make a pair of funny suspenders your school-year staple. Everybody loves a pair of outer-space suspenders or bacon suspenders, right? Perfect for spicing up your uniform or dressed-down look, our novelty suspenders come in a style to suit every personality or geeky passion. Pokémon, Superman, Captain America, math equations, circuit boards, donuts, animal print! The choice is yours.
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  4. Civil War Suspenders — If you fancy yourself a fashion-forward dude who takes cues from the pages of magazines like GQ, you’ll flip over our Civil War suspenders. Although they’re inspired by Civil War soldiers and are often warn by re-enactors, these uber-trendy suspenders are ridiculously hip. Each pair features cool webbed stripes for a more dressed-up look, perfect for presentation days!Civil-War-Composite
    No matter what your age, suspenders are guaranteed to add a “smart” look to your attire. 

    Whether you want to add to your genius mystique, embrace your inner professor or just stand out from the crowd – whatever your personal equation for fashion success there’s an A+ suspender solution just waiting to be found!

 

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Show Off Your Warm Weather Style with Summer Suspenders

Suspenders aren’t reserved solely for the colder months – they are fashionable all year round, though it can be difficult to style them with warm weather outfits. Classic suspenders look cool even during the hottest months of the year, and there are a number of ways to wear them with your summer apparel. From shorts and button-downs to summertime leisure suits, here are a few of our favorite ways to style suspenders in warm weather.

  1. Take them to the office.

If business casual is the name of the game in your office, suspenders are a great way to jazz up your summer office wardrobe. Keep things cool with a pair of khakis and a white button-down shirt topped with some patterned suspenders. If you have to wear a suit, keep your lightweight suit looking sharp with some brightly colored suspenders peeking out from underneath.

  1. Take them out to dinner.

Going out to dinner on a summer getaway? You’ll look dressed to impress in a preppy outfit that’s perfect for a candlelight meal al fresco. Slip on a pair of well-tailored shorts in a nice salmon, khaki, or mint green hue, and then top it off with a crisp linen shirt in a contrasting light color. Choose a pair of suspenders that match the rest of your ensemble, and then slide on your favorite leather boat shoes to complete the beachy look.

  1. Rock a rugged style.

The classic Americana look is back in a big way for both men and women, and it’s especially easy to pull off in the summer. The next time you go to an outdoor music festival, a backyard barbecue, or a night at your favorite downtown hangout, try topping off your best jeans with a pair of black or brown leather suspenders. A crisp, cotton shirt in a neutral color creates a stylish look. Keep the sleeves rolled up for that effortlessly cool vibe that’s perfect for the summertime.

 

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The Ultimate Debate: Suspenders vs. Belts

How do you prefer to hold your pants up – with belts or suspenders? In the mid-nineteenth and early 20th century, suspenders were almost universally worn because the high cut of trousers during that time made belts impractical.  Today, most pants fall slightly below the natural waist and belts have become the standard choice.   However, modern suspender wearers tend to be passionate about their choice.

Nice Suspender LooksWhy the enthusiasm for suspenders you might ask?  If you haven’t fully considered your suspenders versus belts opinion, here are four key differences to help you develop your own informed stance.

Suspender Fashions1. Suspenders serve as a distinct fashion accessory; belts make a subtle fashion statement.

Say “suspenders” and the image that might come immediately to mind is that of an older, overweight man.  However, that stereotype is simply not true.  Suspenders today offer a distinct fashion accessory for men and women of all ages. With suspenders, men and women can showcase their personal style quickly and easily, as suspenders are designed to complement a wide range of personal styles.  From fashion models to wall street executives to steampunks to your every day people, suspenders are a practical and fun way to accessorize your attire.

FarringdonComparatively, belts also make a fashion statement, albeit a subtle one. Belts can be worn by men and women too, but ultimately, lack some of the pizzazz of a one-of-a-kind pair of suspenders.

2. There are multiple types of suspenders, while there is only one type of belt.

Suspenders are available in numerous widths, fabrics, attachment styles, colors and patterns ensuring you can wear them for just about any occasion from special dressy events to rugged outdoor work and everything in between.

There are even leather suspenders that give you the look and feel of a classic belt in suspender form!

Braided LeatherConversely, belts feature a more limited range of style options. Belts boast a timeless look and feel, making them great for both casual and formal occasions where you want a subtle and functional way to keep your trousers in place.

3. Suspenders are making a fashion comeback; belts continue to stay stuck in neutral.

Suspenders are becoming exceedingly popular among children, teens and adults, as they provide you with a terrific opportunity to dress both fashionably and comfortably any time you choose.

DSC_2101 A-webOn the other hand, belts appear to be stuck in neutral. These items may provide a subtle accent to casual or professional outfits, but rarely, if ever, serve as a bold fashion accessory.

4. Many people find that suspenders are more comfortable to wear; depending on your build, belts can cramp your style.

For those with large mid-sections, to be effective, belts must either be tightened to the point where they can feel constraining or worn “below the belly.”  For others with narrow (or no) hips, belts can’t do the job no matter how much they are tightened.

Suspenders have neither of these problems,  By distributing the load over the shoulders, suspenders allow pants to stay perfectly in place without discomfort.  Additionally, suspenders are popular for business and dress attire because they allows pants to fall naturally thereby providing a clean and polished look.

GeneArygleCropWhen it comes to deciding between suspenders and belts, it is vital to consider many different factors. And with the aforementioned considerations, you’ll be able to make the right decision between suspenders and belts and ensure you can dress in comfort and style at all times.

Can’t decide?  While formal fashion experts advise against wearing both suspenders and a belt at the same time, some folks just want to be doubly sure their pants stay in place.  It looks nice – and some would say if you have belt-loops on your pants, it looks better to fill them with a belt rather than have them be empty.  So, if you are comfortable thumbing your nose at the nay-sayers we say go ahead and do as you please!

There are even suspenders designed specifically for this purpose.  One popular type, called belt-clip suspenders, feature a heavy plastic clip that slides over belts up to 1 1/2 inches wide.  A second type, often found on galluses (heavy duty suspenders designed for western wear) feature leather loops that belts can slide through.

belt cliprugged comfortSuspenders, belts or both?  The choice is yours!

 

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Heavy Duty Work Suspenders for Industrial Jobs

Butt crack and plumbers crack may be a running joke with comedians, but for men and women in the labor force, it’s not necessarily a laughing matter. No, plumbers and contractors aren’t trying to flash people or enjoy being on the receiving end of people’s jokes. It’s an on-the-job annoyance that plagues many people employed in industrial jobs. Tool belts and work belts weigh pants down. It’s gravity people. Remember Newton and the apple. If it’s heavy it’s coming down.

OK, so how can this age-old problem be avoided so everyone feels a little more comfortable? The solution is actually pretty simple: work suspenders. Yes, suspenders. They’re fun, fashionable and functional too!

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If you are a traditionalist and don’t do particularly strenuous work or wear a tool belt, you may want to opt for a solid color two-inch wide elastic suspender in a variety of colors from neutral black, navy or tan to bolder reds and oranges.  Just be sure you to purchase them from a source that uses both high quality elastic and top-of-the-line “alligator” style clips to maximize their life span.

78030701_47pin-clip copyWant a basic elastic suspender with slightly greater security?  Check out suspenders with pin-clip or trigger snap attachments.  Pin clip suspenders feature a sharp pin that pierces the fabric of the pants, thereby ensuring the clip will not budge once it is secured.  Trigger snap suspenders feature snaps that attach to belt-loops on pants – similar to the clips found on dog leashes.  Trigger snap attachments are available both on standard elastic suspenders, as well as heavy duty, low stretch elastic suspenders called Rugged Comfort suspenders which are hand crafted in a saddlery the northwest and were originally designed with ranchers in mind.

Rugged ComfortIncredibly fun and fully functional!

If you need to hold your pants up, are fun-loving and don’t wear a heavy tool belt, novelty suspenders might be the right choice for you.  Available in a wide variety of trade/hobby specific patterns – including electrician suspenders, painter suspenders, mechanic suspenders, carpenter suspenders, and tape measure suspenders – these suspenders are generally made from elastic.

tape measuretradesmanBe sure to choose a 2-inch wide suspender (rather than a thinner width) with sturdy construction clips for maximum functionality.   SuspenderStore.com even carries a one-of-a-kind “Say No to Crack!” novelty suspender for those with a sense of humor!

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If you wear a tool belt, work in an industrial job or wear heavy pants, non-stretch heavy-duty work suspenders are a good choice.  The front straps of these suspenders are made of a non-stretch, polypropylene material (like found on duffle bag straps) that won’t stretch. However, the elastic material on the back of the suspenders increases the comfort factor and allows for ease of movement. When you’re on the job, you need to bend and move quickly. These suspenders will allow you to that easily while securely keeping your pants in place.

12031_Gene_070 - cropThe heavy-duty alligator clips attach easily to  denim as well as heavy work pants. These suspenders make great gifts for the special someone in your life that works in any industrial job.

Specialty Suspenders:  Logger, reflective, side-clip, firemen, belt-clip and more!

Some types of jobs require suspenders that are modified to accommodate the unique requirements of a specific type of job.  Logger suspenders are made from low-stretch, thick elastic and are available with both construction clip and industrial button-on attachments.

Reflective suspenders feature reflective material that will help keep you safe while also keeping your pants securely in place.

reflectiveSide-Clip suspenders have two clips that attach to the side of your pants rather than 4 clips that attach to both the front and the sides.  Side clip suspenders are perfect for those who spend a lot of time driving or sitting since the placement of the clips ensures that they won’t dig into your back.

truckerFireman suspenders feature non-stretch material and extra industrial button-on tabs to attach to heavy firefighter pants.

Belt-clip suspenders feature unique, sturdy plastic clips that attach to belts up to 1 1/2 inches wide thereby giving the wearer the extra protection of wearing both a belt and suspenders at the same time.

belt clipAnd finally, support suspenders feature low stretch elastic straps and shoulder pads to prevent the discomfort of the straps cutting into your shoulders, particularly when wearing heavy pants or a tool belt.

supportAs you can see, with all these work suspender choices, there is no reason to be the subject of a joke or to feel uncomfortable when you’re on the job. Who wants to be constantly pulling up their pants? Get a wonderful, affordable gift for yourself or someone in a similar line of work that will keep on giving every day. Heavy duty work suspenders are more comfortable than a belt and will do a better job of keeping your pants where they should be. You will also feel and look fabulous and who doesn’t love that?

 

 

 

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Striped Suspender Styles: Pair the Pefect Stripe with your Outfit

Thin stripes, thick stripes, vertical stripes, diagonal stripes, equal width stripes, pin stripes, bold stripes, subtle stripes, zebra stripes, striped suspenders with clip attachments, striped suspenders with button attachments, silk suspenders with stripes, grosgrain striped suspenders, elastic striped suspenders – the possibilities for adding striped suspenders into your wardrobe are almost endless!

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With so many types of stripes to choose from, embracing your inner fashionista will not be a problem – but where should you start?  While stripes are one of the easiest patterns to pull off, it is essential to consider your entire outfit before you wear striped suspenders. Here are a few tips for selecting clothing ensembles to successfully incorporate striped suspenders into your look.

Go easy on pairing stripes with other patterns, at least at first.  While its possible to pull off a great look by mixing patterns, this falls into the category of advanced stripe wearing.  Beginners should start with adding stripes to solid color basics.  Usually at least one element of the striped pattern should tie into the color theme of the rest of your attire – ie. pair a navy blue suit with a white shirt and a classic striped pattern like navy and red, navy and yellow or navy and green.

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Consider your personal style.  Are you bold and daring or classic and understated?  If you want to stand out in a crowd, choose wider stripes in contrasting colors.  Aiming to be more subtle?  Go with thin or pin stripes in shades of the same color.  Alternating stripes of equal width in two contrasting colors (for example navy blue and white or red and navy blue) will lend a nautical look to your ensemble.  Want a vintage look?  Add a newsboy cap and a bow tie to your outfit and go with button-on striped suspenders.

Regardless of how an outfit pairs with your striped suspenders, it is important that you’re happy with the final results. Remember, if you’re happy with how you look, you’ll be able to remain confident everywhere you go.

Vary the suspender fabrics to match the occasion.  Business and dress situations call for a more formal striped suspender – choose fabrics such as silk and grosgrain to get a polished and professional look.  Suspenders with button attachments will provide a more traditional look while suspenders with clip attachments will be slightly less formal but will earn points for ease of use.  Can’t decide?  Choose a striped suspender with convertible attachments – that way you can easily change them from clip-on to button-on whenever you want.  Going casual to a casual affair?  Elastic suspenders will fit the ticket!

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Once you get some experience wearing your stripes, don’t be afraid to start taking some fashion risks.  A fearless attitude goes a long way, particularly when it comes to wearing striped suspenders. With the right attitude, you’ll be able to wear your suspenders with any outfit without fear – something that is sure to impress your friends, family and co-workers.

 

Purple Haze: How to Wear Purple Suspenders

For many people, there’s a certain comfort zone they stick to when wearing suspenders. Neutral shades like black, navy, charcoal, tan and brown is about as adventurous as some people are willing to get. While those classic colors are great mainstays, there’s no reason not to indulge in more daring colors too. Colors like purple can be an excellent way to incorporate a splash of color without going overboard.

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Purple Over Black

Black can be an intimidating shade, especially when you’re decked out in it head to toe. Purple suspenders can give you that eye-catching pop of color you need to lighten and brighten a black outfit. To keep things classy and chic opt for a deep, regal shade of purple.

 

blackandpurplePurple also looks great with many shades of grey from dark charcoal grey to lighter smokey or steel greys.

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Experimenting With Different Shades of Purple

There are many shades of purple to experiment with. From rich jewel tone plums to light and lively lavender and any shade in between, donning purple suspenders can offer an ideal way to brighten up a single note outfit, or tie together a more eclectic look. Paler shades of purple tend to have a cooling effect, toning down brighter colors like lime green, orange and yellow. Darker shade of purple can add a touch of formality and class, especially for nighttime looks.

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Purple Prints

As with all patterned suspenders, purple patterned suspenders are best worn with shirts that are similar in tone and hue. Shirts in navy, pale blue and similar cool colors are ideal. Adding prints to your look via accessories like suspenders and ties can complement a business causal daytime look, particularly for outdoor events like summer weddings and cookouts.  From classic stripes to sophisticated paisleys, the options for elegant purple print suspenders are quite varied.

 

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Purple on White

Lighter shades of purple like lilac and lavender are a fantastically subtle way to compliment white shirts, particularly in the spring and summer months. Worn with a pastel heavy outfit or even denim bottoms, pale purple over a white top can help keep the brightness of the white from washing you out on sunny days.

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Mini Me: The Best Suspenders for Your Kids

What could be cuter than a kid in suspenders? May its the concept of dressing up your son like a mini-man, maybe it’s the fun of adding a “snappy” accessory to their outfits, maybe you love all things old-fashioned, or maybe it’s just simply the fact that suspenders will keep your kids pants from falling down – whatever your reason for liking the idea, suspenders are one of the hottest fashion statements around for kids!

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Suspenders are comfortable and stylish for any age or taste and come in a range of sizes to fit infants to toddlers and beyond.  Matching adult/child suspenders make for a great look for weddings, family photos or costume parties.

For the boy or girl who wants to wear suspenders every day, choose a neutral color that goes with everything, like basic brown or black. These classic suspenders also work well for formal occasions like weddings.

Now, if you have a fashionista who wants to stand out, choose a bright, bold color like red or yellow. SuspenderStore offers 15 solid colors for your child’s enjoyment. For many of our colors, you can find coordinating kids’ bow ties and even adult-sized suspenders — so you and your “Mini Me” can match!

You can also delight your kids with novelty suspenders in exciting patterns. Let your child pick his or her favorite character, animal, or holiday. From Minions to superheroes, there are literally suspenders for every hobby or interest. Or, check out glitter suspenders, which are sure to make your kiddos sparkle, making them a favorite choice for dance recitals and other performances!

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Not only are children’s’ suspenders fun, they’re washable to make cleanup a snap. They come with either Y-back or X-back construction and convenient silver clip attachments that make them easy to put on and take off. For formal occasions, opt for suspenders with button-on attachments.

Not sure what size to order? Suspenders for kids are available in many sizes to make fitting easy. Choose from 25-inch all the way up to 50-inch suspenders, depending on the style. We recommend measuring the distance from the back waistline of your child’s pants, diagonally over the shoulder, to the front waistline. The next larger size will be the correct length for your child’s suspenders.

Style Guide: What to Wear to a Summer Polo Match

A polo match is the perfect forum for wearing suspenders. They’re just trendy enough to fit the slightly eccentric yet fashion-forward decorum of the event’s atmosphere.

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While the dress code for a polo match is usually “smart-casual”, attendees aim to be both comfortable and stylish.  According to menswear designer Dom Bagnatoof in an interview with ExecutiveStyle.com, polo spectators should focus on accessorizing when planning their attire.  “Colourful shoes, colourful belts, things that really make you stand out – that’s what is important. A beautiful pocket square if you’re wearing a jacket, an appropriate bow tie. You want as many parts of ‘colour pop’ as you can add to your outfit.”

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What a perfect opportunity to showcase your suspender panache whether you are serving on the wait staff, lounging on the lawn or hobnobbing in an executive box!  In the spirit of good sportsmanship, we’ve come up with a few ways that you can incorporate suspenders into your polo look without risking standing out for the wrong reasons.

Working With Pastels

Pastels are a popular choice for polo match attendees. They are the perfect color palette for a warm summery day. Regardless of the colors you choose, pairing pastels with tan, beige, brown and sand colored suspenders is a winning combination. If you’re more of a risk-taker, consider bright white suspenders with metal clips.

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Sticking to a Classic

While lighter colors are definitely more commonly worn at polo matches, there aren’t any hard and fast rules about what you can and can’t wear. In general though, sticking to lighter colors will serve you well. When you’re going with a more formal or traditional outfit, you might find yourself wondering how you can brighten up your look for an outdoor event. Suspenders can give you an opportunity to experiment with a slightly off-beat fashion trend without overdoing it. In this case, go for solid black suspenders or solid navy suspenders. Pair them with your best formal wear, but skip the jacket. If you feel the look is a touch too formal, roll up your sleeves. Who doesn’t love a nicely rolled sleeve?

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Adding a Pop of Color

These days a polo match can be an excellent excuse to go all out fashion-wise. To make an entrance fellow match attendees are sure to notice, throw on neon suspenders in orange, yellow, or even lime green. A tasteful printed button up shirt with properly tailored slacks can complete the ensemble to create a fun spin on traditional polo wear.

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How to Wear Suspenders with Shorts

Summer is here and with the heat comes the shedding of extra layers of clothes and shortening and lightening of attire whenever possible.  Suspender lovers may find themselves wondering: Can I get away with wearing suspenders with shorts? The answer is – absolutely!  Not only do shorts and suspenders look stylish, but many wearers of this style feel that losing the belt during the summer months contributes to the free and easy vibe of the season.

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Pairing suspenders with shorts is a look that can take a few tries to master. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a little list of a few tips and rules to help kick-start your shorts-with-suspenders journey the right way.

Too Formal or Not Formal Enough?

Suspenders are a fantastic way to add some elegant flair to any outfit. On their own, shorts are typically thought of as a more casual style choice, but how you dress them up can make a world of a difference. Paired with shorts, suspenders can immediately raise the caliber of the whole ensemble. For a full blown formal look, we suggest opting for button suspenders or combining your suspenders and shorts duo with a blazer or tie.

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When you’re donning any eye-catching accessory that you know will turn some heads, it’s best to make sure that the rest of your outfit is grounded in a way that makes your fashion-forward style choice an interesting visual and not an eye-sore. Shorts in solid colors like navy, black or even pastels can help keep the spotlight on your suspenders and the unique silhouette of this pairing.  If you want to add pizazz, adding a hat or designer sunglasses can lend extra interest to this style.

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Florals and Graphics, Not So Much

Wearing shorts that heavily feature prints, graphics or floral patterns can make a bold statement without having to accessorize. Graphic shorts demand attention, so why detract from it? Adding suspenders to an outfit that already features a heavy print, can tip the scales just over the edge into “I don’t know where to look” territory. Suspenders are great, printed shorts are great, just maybe not at the same time.  At most we recommend a subtle striped short or shirt when wearing summer suspenders.

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Shorts might be the official symbol of causal style, but did you know clipped suspender can have the same effect? Accessorize your shorts with clipped suspenders to drive home that chic, yet easy-going casual look.

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Shorts, Suspenders and Socks – Oh No!

Lastly, unless you are going for a nerd or grandpa look, we recommend skipping the socks when wearing shorts and suspenders.  Nothing says “geek” more loudly than a pair of knee-high socks and shorts.  Keep the shoes simple and stylish – loafers, tennis shoes and sandals are all excellent choices when wearing your suspenders-and-shorts ensembles.  And above all else – skip the socks!  Compare the two photos below – enough said!

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