Silver Suspenders Make For Snazzy Style Selections

Timeless style

Suspenders are a wardrobe staple that never goes out of style. Suspenders were invented by Albert Thurston in 1820 to accommodate trousers that didn’t work with a belt. Makes sense, right? You need to hold up your pants, but a belt doesn’t work with a higher-cut pair of pants. Thus, the suspender was born.

GreyMen have long utilized button suspenders with their suits. However, the suspender has evolved over the years from a functional piece to a snappy style selection. When a man slips off his suit jacket to reveal a crisp dress shirt highlighted by an eye-catching necktie and a rocking pair of silver or gray suspenders, the ensemble definitely gets your attention. He stands out from the crowd.

Not just for the office

Yet suspenders aren’t just for suits or the office. The 1980s brought us many forgettable fashions, like the regrettable mullet, but suspenders aren’t one of them. Who could forget Robin Williams as Mork sporting a pair of rainbow suspenders and jeans? Suspenders became cool back in the day, and they still are.

silver-limited-edition-suspendersOf course, you need to select the right style of suspender to reflect the setting. Silk suspenders in quieter tones like gray or a paisley pattern will look best in the workplace. However, if you are going out for the evening and want to get playful, there are several styles including glitter, prints, and novelty suspenders that will have people admiring your outfit. For a really special look go for handwoven silk limited edition suspenders in a silvery pattern – including Reel Time to pay tribute to the silver screen, May I Have This Dance? to show off your jazzy style or Bubbles for an effervescent look!

Silver sparkles

If you are searching for the right pair of suspenders to spark your workplace style, you can’t go wrong with silver suspenders. They complement a variety of suit colors like black, gray, or blue. Silver suspenders will add color and will also play off the hues in a stylish matching necktie.

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to sparkle in silver glitter suspenders!model-117-editLadies can wear silver suspenders, too. Silver glams up any outfit whether it’s a necklace or a pair of suspenders. These days even silver hair is in. So, why not go silver?

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Merry and Bright: 7 Ways to Wear Suspenders to a Holiday Party

Make waves at the watercooler by rocking suspenders at your office holiday party!

Is the evil era of the ugly sweater party at an end yet? Bring back classy fashion and chic décor, please!

Revolution starts with you, fashion-forward party-goer! Dress the festive up to fête and class up the joint, would ya? Here are 7 Ways to Wear Suspenders at Your Holiday Party:

  1. Fake a pinafore! Pinafores are like skirt overalls, typically worn over blouse or sweater. Pair a high-waisted plaid skirt with a pair of accent-colored skinny suspenders, over a tucked-in sweater or blouse. Extra points if the shirt is ruffled and accented with a short, silk scarf.
  2. Don’t like the little swing in your step? Opt for a pencil skirt instead for a little 1940s va-va-voom. You can’t go wrong with navy blue threads, white heels, and bright red lipstick.
  3. Little secret, gentlemen… bowties and suspenders make for a dashing duo. Camel-colored leather shoes, tan slacks, navy suspenders, light blue button-up shirt, and a navy bowtie. Roll the sleeves up above your elbows, keeping the roll tight, yet messy. Like you were too busy being awesome to worry about clean creases.
  4. Want to keep the realness in winter? Keep your boots on! A rugged pair of boots teamed with pressed jeans or khakis, light-knit sweater, and a pair of boldly colored or patterned suspenders will do the trick.
  5. Don’t just experiment with patterns; remember there are all sorts of great materials as well. Leather and horsehair and silk, oh my! Not to mention X- or Y-backed styles, and all the different attachments.
  6. Did you know that there are undergarment suspenders as well? Worn between and undershirt and a dress shirt, these secret suspenders give you all the function of suspenders without any of the fashion. Great for the untucked-look without the hassle of a belt.
  7. Just wear the goofy suspenders with your ugly Christmas sweater. SuspenderStore has a wide selection of novelty patterns for every holiday party occasion. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right!

 

 

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Suspenders for Every Holiday!

Suspenders with holiday patterns are an easy, attractive and eye-catching way to show your holiday spirit without having to invest in costly costumes or go too wild-and-crazy.

christmas-brassHoliday suspenders can be subtle and classy or loud and showy. Either way they are sure to be conversation starters at offices, school and family gatherings. They’re a popular choice for parties where the dress code is not officially dressy, but not old jeans and T-shirts, either. Or, be stealthy and don a pair of holiday suspenders under your suit coat – your office mates will catch just a fleeting glimpse of your suspenders as they peek out from under your jacket!  Then, take off your jacket, loosen your tie and show them off in all their glory when you stop by the local bar for an after-hours drink!

‘Tis the season

Christmas is a favorite time to wear holiday suspenders with or without bowties. At SuspenderStore, you can choose traditional Christmas season motifs or unique limited-edition patterns. Couples and relatives often wear matching holiday suspenders in red, green or same-pattern styles to parties and for keepsake photographs.

xmas-compositeThere are a plethora of Christmas suspenders to choose from, so that ugly sweater party just got even better. Wear a great pair that features the holiday spirit, gifts, Christmas trees, or even the big man himself, Santa Claus. No matter what the occasion, a stylish pair of suspenders will help you show your holiday cheer.

studio_shoot-211Looking for suspender-pairing advice for the holidays? Enter a party with bold red suspenders and you’ll have everyone’s attention.  Need something that screams “holiday suspenders?” Then throw on some Christmas-themed penguin suspenders — that’ll get the job done.

Ring in the New Year in Style

For New Year’s Eve, glitter or french satin suspenders from SuspenderStore are popular for adding a festive touch to your attire.  Or celebrate all things bubbly with a pair of our exquisite hand-woven silk “Cocktails Anyone?” suspenders!

model-117-editSuspenders for every holiday

Have a suspender-lover in your life?  Why not give him a whole year’s worth of conversation starters? We’ve heard of bartenders and every day extroverts who are known for encouraging friendly exchanges by wearing themed suspenders for every holiday season. With special wacky holidays abounding – such as “Penguin Awareness Day” (Jan. 20th) and “Embrace Your Geekness Day” (July 13th) – the creative possibilities for sporting suspenders is practically endless.  But for the basics, we suggest the standard holiday suspenders:

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A pair of solid red suspenders can do double-duty for Christmas and for Valentine’s Day. Or, wear hearts on your suspenders instead just a heart on your sleeve. Shop our Thanksgiving Day suspenders and Halloween-theme braces. Skull and crossbones suspenders can do double-duty for Halloween and at a pirate’s party.

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St. Patrick’s Day is another favorite holiday to wear green suspenders (so you won’t get pinched for not wearing green). At SuspenderStore, you can also choose leprechaun, Celtic-motif or shamrock-pattern suspenders. Celebrate the holidays of other countries with handsome Australia, Canada, Mexico and United Kingdom suspenders. The Mexico flag suspenders are a popular choice to wear to U.S. celebrations of Diez y Seis, Mexico’s Independence Day, each Sept. 16.

The SuspenderStore has hundreds of novelty suspender designs to choose from, including novelty themes for every holiday. So go ahead and get into the holiday spirit with suspenders for every holiday!

 

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Be Prepared: Cyber Monday Suspender Steals

Cyber Monday deals and steals don’t just stop at the hottest toy or latest gaming console. Why not pick up some fashion staples while you’re surfing the web? We know you’re just sitting there in your pajama pants anyway. Time to update your look and pass on the gift of garments!

When you’re buying a pair of suspenders, always keep your recipient in mind. Suspenders come in several different widths, from thin ½ -inch to a wider 2 inches. The thinner straps are mainly there to be stylish, and are always made to be worn as an outer accessory. Anything 1-inch wide or less would be perfect for the fashion-conscious on your gift list; throw in a bow tie for and extra bold statement.

Suspenders that hit the mid-range, 1 ¼ -inch to 1 ½ -inch are still trendy, but a little more functional. Go wild in everything from casual to dressy occasions — the billiard room, the boardroom, and the ballroom all welcome suspenders. The thinner end of the spectrum, could be considered slightly more dressy, while the wider, 1 ½ -inch straps make for a perfect “all purpose” pair of suspenders.

The final, large size brings to mind firefighters and lumberjacks. At 2 inches wide, suspenders can be a critical part of any heavy-duty uniform, or perfect for anyone with mobility issues. Utility workers, for example, need the wide, sturdy straps to withstand hard labor and heavy tool belts. Grandpa, on the other hand, may appreciate the gripping ease and function of a wider-constructed pair of suspenders.

The whole purpose of Cyber Monday is to find the best prices around for some of the best people in your life. Be sure you don’t sacrifice quality! A $5 pair suspenders made in China is going to feel just as cheap and last as long as its sticker price. Unless your gift is for the coworker you really don’t like, why cut corners this holiday season? Take advantage of sales for high quality but budget friendly suspender deals!

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Give the Gift of Fashion: Suspender Styles for Everyone on Your List

Christmas is less than a month and a half away – have you started your shopping yet?  If not – no need to panic – suspenders make a perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Not sure if a pair of suspenders is a perfect gift? Wonder no more — we promise they totally are. With so many attachments, types, styles, materials, patterns, colors, and sizes, there’s a little bit of something for everybody.

Suspenders for Your Dad

Also, your dad said no more ties, please.

For real.

Instead, this year, give him the gift of form and function. Unless he has a small frame or is a laborer, stick to the mid-range size of 1 ¼ -inch to 1 ½ -inch, that way he can look good in casual, business casual, and dressy situations. Give him a trusty, solid color, or switch it up with bold patterns, depending on his personality. Think about attachment style, too. Would he like clip or button suspenders? Perhaps a swivel trigger snap? Or does he like to wear extra support and need suspenders with belt clips?

Suspenders for Your Mom or Sister

The same goes for your mom or sister. A myriad colors, styles, and mid-range sizes mean she can cross style with purpose. Matched with a pair of boots and her favorite sweater, she can be both warm and fashionable. Dress pants, winter blazers, and a uniquely patterned pair of suspenders make for a strong office outfit. Leather, silk, and Oxford cloth are just a few of our fine materials for a fine gift.

Suspenders for the Fashionista

Anyone on your list with a smaller frame or a sense for style may prefer skinny suspenders. Forget skinny ties! We’re all about this new accessory. Add a touch of class to casual outfits by throwing a pair of skinnies over a graphic T-shirt. Dress up a pair of slacks even more with a subtle pattern and let the fashionista on your gift list give her “statement necklace” a run for its money.

Suspenders for Laborers

But don’t forget anyone who needs utility over style! Loggers, roofers, utility workers, and firefighters all rely on suspenders to help them do their jobs safely and efficiently. Opt for neutral colors to accommodate various uniforms, unless, of course, your recipient works on a road crew, then go for the bright yellow reflective surface.

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Suspender Selection Made Easy – Just Take a Quiz!

New to suspenders and not sure exactly which type would be the best for that someone special?  Check out SuspenderStore.com’s Suspender Selection Quiz to narrow down your choices!  This nifty quiz will walk you step by step through the decision process and give you specific recommendations based on your unique answers!  Choose the suspenders you like best and voila – you can check that person off your list!  Christmas shopping made easy peasy at SuspenderStore.com!

 

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Give Thanks For Classic Styles – Suspender Fashions are Here to Stay

Just as the Pilgrims came from England, so, too, did suspenders. This Thanksgiving season, we here at SuspenderStore give thanks to a man named Albert Thurston. While there had been several iterations in the past, it was Mr. Thurston who, in the early 1800s , “invented” the classic pair of suspenders. Albert Thurston suspenders live on today – featuring classic stripes and top quality components, these British-made suspenders are the venerable statesmen of the suspender world.

at-stripevari-compositeWe’d also like to give a tip of the hat to Mr. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, for being one of the first to hold a patent for suspenders-like garment straps. Three cheers to you, gentlemen! We celebrate your fashion staple with modern styles.

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Speaking of history, the high cut of late18th and early 19th century pants meant that belts were impossible to wear effectively and still be in fashion. Until the late 1800s, all suspenders were made with button loops, therefore requiring all pants to have buttons to which one would attach the straps. But in the 1890s, some delightful genius added metal clasps in place of the button loops, enabling the wearer to pair their straps with any cut of trouser.

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Suspenders fell out of fashion when World War II broke out, and they sort of languished in style purgatory until the 1960s and 70s when the British punk working-class look swept the world by storm. Women took a cue from Annie Hall and adopted suspenders for a chic, androgynous approach, and teens in the 1980s wore (or technically un-wore) suspenders by letting them hang loose and carefree at their sides. Since then, we’ve seen suspender popularity bounce from hip-hop culture, to Larry King’s signature look, and back to the “hipster” 1920s vibe.

For more nearly two centuries, suspenders in the modern form have been providing both fashion and function to men and women, young and old. They are something the entire family can wear at gatherings — and let you leave plenty of room for turkey and stuffing, too. Get the whole family fashionably involved for a group photo and give thanks with us that the suspenders will never go out of style!

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Types of Suspenders: Clip-on Versus Button-on Styles

There are some questions that beg to be debated. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Why did the chicken cross the road? Should you dye your hair or let it go gray? Sure, we could go on and on for pages, but like drama on a soap opera, it would never end.

However, when it comes to style, is there ever a wrong way to wear something? Of course there’s something eye-raising about wearing curlers outside of the house and yoga pants stretched way too far. However, when it comes to clip-on versus button suspenders, it’s all about personal preference.

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Are these clip or button-on? Which would you prefer?

Button Suspenders

Button suspenders are the classic look. They will take a little bit more time to get just right and may not be as easily adjusted as their newer counterpart. Yet the end result is the same; a fabulous outfit accessory. The only drawback is that they may not work with every pair of pants you own because they need the inside button to attach to, which may be why many people think they are only for formal wear. This is a myth, though. As long as your pants are equipped for it, then button suspenders can go casual too.

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Want to wear button-on suspenders but your pants don’t have buttons?  No worries – any tailor can sew buttons onto your pants for you.  Or, if you are a “do-it-yourself” type person SuspenderStore.com has a very helpful instructional video – Attaching Buttons To Pants For Suspenders –  that will walk you through exactly how to do it.  Don’t like either of those ideas?  Opt for permanent or moveable “no-sew” buttons – otherwise known as bachelor buttons for obvious reasons!

Clip Suspenders

Clip-on suspenders are a more modern addition to fashion. They are simple to wear and can clasp onto jeans, shorts, skirts, and any style of pants from dressy to casual. Clip-on suspenders can go from work to play and back again. Their reputation is more fun and flirty, perhaps due to their ease of use.

However, just like button suspenders aren’t only for black tie affairs, clip-ons can dress up as well.  If you want to wear clip-on suspenders to a formal event, choose a traditional width Y-back suspender (1.25 inch wide, 1.38 inch wide or 1.5 inch wide are all standard widths and are therefore good choices)  or a dressy fabric like silk, grosgrain, french satin or jacquard.  Dressy clip-on suspenders can be hard to find –  SuspenderStore.com carries many suspenders in this category.

Personal preference

In the end, the type of suspenders you wear really is up to you. Decide first whether you are more comfortable with clip-on or button suspenders and take it from there. You can also mix and match. Who says you have to prefer one over the other? Why can’t you have one or two of each? Or, choose convertible suspenders that feature interchangeable clip and button-on attachments so you can change your mind and your look whenever you want!

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Whether you choose button or clip-on, suspenders work with almost any style. Though maybe not with curlers and yoga pants.

 

Mad for Plaid: Plaid Suspenders Are The Perfect Fall Accessory!

It’s Autumn! How’s your plaid-itude? We’re mad for plaid at SuspenderStore. Trendy plaid suspenders offer a new way to wear this time honored Fall pattern and take plaid from the realm of lumberjack attire to the modern looks of the fashion forward.

12031_Ashley_033The classic crisscross of plaid never seems to go out of style. With so many color combinations, this pattern makes for a lovely accent for bold, dominant colors, and vice versa. Its rich history is rooted in Scotland, where the full-plaid tartan fabric is the foundation of the highland dress uniform. The pattern of broad, bold stripes crossed with thin stripes of black, white, and other colors has come to be known as “tartan” for this reason.

dsc_2697-aThere are several other styles of plaid as well. Tattersall is a small-checked design found most commonly on dress shirts, while windowpane check features larger squares. Madras resembles a tartan pattern, but with bright, summery colors associated with a “preppy” look. Gingham’s stripes weave in and out of one another — think the pattern of a picnic blanket or Dorothy’s famous blue dress from The Wizard of Oz. Argyle is like plaid simplified and turned on it’s side and, like plaid, is a classic Fall look.  Finally, the tight, thin, woven twill alternating stripes of glen plaid often come in muted, neutral colors, but PeeWee Herman wears a glen plaid suit, so don’t let words like “muted” make you feel boring!

argylePair any number of plaid patterns with a solid-color shirt to make a statement — plaid isn’t just for bagpipers! You’ll impress grandpa with your sense of timeless fashion, as well as your artsy aunt for your attention to style detail. Reverse this look, too! Pick a color from one stripe of your plaid shirt, skirt or pants (stick to the pattern on the top or bottom — not both!) and opt for suspenders as an accent color.

DSC_2153Or hey, maybe your artsy aunt is right. Throw out the rulebook and wear plaid suspenders with a checkered shirt. When you’re as mad for plaid as we are, why not live a little?

 

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SuspenderStore — Funky, Fresh Fall Fashions

Another sweater? Yawn. Freshen up your fall style with a classic, functional accessory. And while you’re at it – try adding even more pizzazz with patterns!  Solid colors are fantastic and reliable, but there’s also nothing wrong with a little organized chaos. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with some fresh patterns — whether they are on your suspenders, on your clothes or on both!

From subtle stripes to rainbows to superheroes, you can find the fashion to match your passion. Birdwatchers will find suspenders to be quite comfortable in the field, while sitting and waiting for hours. Opt for camouflage to blend in with your surroundings, or a vibrant peacock pattern as a great conversation piece about your favorite hobby. There are plenty of ideas for hunters, anglers, and general all-around outdoor enthusiasts, too!

Pair Suspenders with a Thermal Shirt and Skinny Jeans for a Modern Look

And if you haven’t noticed, what’s old is new again in “hipster” fashion. Civil War-style suspenders, called “galluses” are a handsome tribute to moment that shaped our nation. Thin blue, brown, or red stripes on a “natural” background the color of unbleached muslin, are capped off with long front leather button tabs. Classic fall patterns like houndstooth, argyle and plaids can get a contemporary look by using just a little bit of imagination.  Wear your fall suspenders over a thermal shirt and skinny jeans for a modern, fresh look.

Stick to the Classics – Try Tweed Suspenders for Ultimate Fall Fashion

One pattern that is both understated and striking is tweed. This absolutely classic fall look can really tie an outfit together. Layer a dark sweater vest over a light button-up shirt and dark pants, then cap it off with a pair of tweed suspenders and a scarf for a comforting combination.

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Don’t forget that a pair of suspenders can give your patterns a little bit of pop! Take checked, striped, paisley and polka dotted shirts to the next level with a solid band of color. Or mix and match patterns!  While you might not be ready to be quite as daring as mixing paisley and polka dots – done right just about any pattern combination has potential!

When you’re dealing with a classic, functional accessory like suspenders, you can feel free to bend the rules and update your fall wardrobe. With so many different styles, attachments, widths, and sizes, shaking up your closet has never been easier.

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Wicked Good Halloween Costumes to Show Off Your Suspender Style!

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Trick-or-treat, you fashion-forward phantasms – Halloween will be here before you know it! Still need a costume idea?  Check out some of our favorite ways to use suspenders to reach costumed perfection this Halloween.

Be A Favorite Character

Let’s see… a red T-shirt, white gloves, jeans with big yellow buttons, a red hat with an “M” across the front, and, of course, a pair of navy blue, quality-constructed suspenders turns you into the world’s favorite plumber — Mario! Swap out the red for green and take along your good buddy Luigi.y-1Suspenders can also work well to instantly transform you into Mork (from Mork and Mindy), Mickey Mouse or the 11th Doctor (from Dr. Who).

Choose a Tried But True Costume Idea

While maybe not the most original idea, using suspenders as part of an old grandpa or nerd costume will always get some laughs.  Or, put on a fun hat, colorful hair, a bright red nose and some loud clothes and voila – you are a clown.

“Suspend” Your Costume (but not your creativity)

And don’t forget that suspenders are convenient, too! Because they are made to go over your shoulders and support your midsection, it’s easy to extend your imagination like this Dalek from Dr. Who below.  Or, paint a cardboard box like a small, colorful, crunchy candy; attach it to a pair of bright-colored, festive suspenders; throw on a pair of thick-rimmed glasses, and BOOM! Instant box of Nerds… get it? Sweet and punny.

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Don’t feel like speaking much sense on Halloween (or spending much money either)? Well, then, set the party on BEE DO BEE DO BEE DO, Minion fans! (Don’t speak Minionese? Well, then, set the party on fire!) While those little, yellow creatures have their own language, good fashion is universal. If you can’t find a pair of overalls for your costume, don’t sweat it! Suspenders are more versatile anyway. Black shoes, a pair of jeans, black suspenders, a yellow shirt, and a pair of ski goggles will get you started.yFancy a more traditional route? Black pants, a black-and-white striped shirt, white gloves, a bit of face paint, and suspenders instantly turns you into a mime. (Just don’t tell anyone what you are.)

Don a floppy hat, ratty pair of jeans, tie a bandana to a stick, make his face dirty (or leave it as it already is), add a pair of black suspenders and your kid is an adorable hobo.

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Or keep out the cold as a lumberjack — all you need are some boots, jeans, a flannel shirt, a pair of wide suspenders, and an axe. (Preferably a fake one. Safety first!)  Even your dog can pull this one off!

Keep it Subtle and Simple

Not into costumes?  No worries – we have you covered.  You can still showcase your Halloween spirit without going hog wild.  Our Halloween themed suspenders offer a fun but subtle approach, or, for an even more understated look – go for a pair of orange suspenders!

 

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