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?





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.

cantonglam_cl_1024x1024Have Some Fun and Go Wild and Wacky with Your Patterns

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.





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.

stelladalekChoose re-wearable clothes and accessories (or use what you already have in your closet)

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!








Think Pink: Support Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Suspenders

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — show your support for the upper half of the body and support the lower half of your body at the same time! Choose from several different shades of pink suspenders, or mixed it up with pink patterns. Pink suspenders can provide an interesting twist to a wide range of fashion ensembles, including business, wedding, women, kids and every day wear!

Suspenders Can Benefit Your Health

Regular health screenings are obviously beneficial to your well-being, but did you know that suspenders have health benefits as well? Classic, fashionable confidence aside, the impact of suspenders on your health can be surprising.

For heavier individuals, suspenders and braces provide a much higher level of comfort. Belts cinched across the waist can put undue pressure on your skin, muscles, and inner organs. They also tend to bring your waistline down to your hips and below your belly, giving your pants an improper and insecure fit. Suspenders bring the waistline of your pants back up to your actual waist, and take the pressure off of the sensitive stomach region.

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Suspenders Hold Up Loose Fitting Pants

On the flip side, if you’ve lost some weight, but still love your favorite pair of pants, suspenders can extend the life of your too-big trousers, without the sloppy cinching from a belt. Even if your pants are loose, they still stay in place – which also makes suspenders a  popular and cute choice for kids attire!
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There are ergonomic benefits as well. The pressure on the shoulders, back, and chest simulate a “brace” feeling that triggers the brain to straighten the spine. Slouching while wearing suspenders can make them appear loose and ill-fitted, leading the wearer to sit properly taller. With a little more room in a balanced torso, your spine, internal organs, blood flow, and brain are all much happier.

curlforacureMake a statement that says you support survivors and your own health — wear a pair of pink suspenders to your next doctor’s appointment or get a crew of friends together to raise money for a cure!




Welcome Fall with Warm-Hued Suspenders

Saying goodbye to summer doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to season-appropriate fashion. In fact, autumn is the perfect time to embrace layers and show off surprising accessories. Why not choose an accessory that is great for both form and function?

Warm hues bring a little charming spice to any autumn outfit. Gentlemen, fall into fashion by pairing our French satin burgundy suspenders with khaki slacks and a crisp, white button-down shirt. Extra points for quirky socks! Or take it casual with a light tan camel color, complete with warm brown leather drop clips and cross piece. Match them up with a pair of jeans, a light grey sweater, and a dressy pair of brown shoes for a relaxed look that still keeps it classy.

Ladies, dominate the boardroom with fashion and confidence. A pair of thin, cross-back suspenders with nickel clips will make you stand out. Pair them with a black skirt, white shirt, and black tie to feel both fashionable and fierce when you’re running the show. Switch out the shirt and tie for a black-and-white checked turtleneck to keep your style going into the evening.

And don’t forget the kids! What’s cuter than a tiny human in classic fashion? Family greeting card photos never looked so good! A “newsboy” style cap, warm-colored plaid shirt, and any one of our pairs of suspenders for kids can make any moment memorable. We have several different sizes, in both X- and Y-back styles. Our size chart can help you find the pair you need to complete your child’s look.

Like the subtle hint of bergamot in a warm cup of earl grey tea, suspenders add a classic twist to any autumn outfit. Whether you are heading to the office, or heading out for the evening, SuspenderStore has styles for every occasion.

Suspenders With Some POW! to Celebrate National Comic Day

Love your superheros or comic characters?  Add a pair of character inspired suspenders to your attire and earn the appreciation of comic fans everywhere!

Looney TunesFrom Disney, Looney Tunes and Marvel to Pokemon, My Little Pony and Minions – there are an abundance of comic book character suspenders just waiting to brighten your attire.

Wear them with jeans or pair them with a bow tie for added pizazz – the possibilities for adding a playful splash to your look are many and varied.


SuperheroWhere to wear your comic themed suspenders?  Here are a few ideas:

  • Celebrate National Comic Day on September 25th by donning a pair with your favorite character.
  • Join in the fun and attend a Comic Con show where you are sure to meet lots of people who share your love of comics.  Check out this list of upcoming comic-book conventions or plan to go to the granddaddy of them all – the annual Comic-Con International show held each year in San Diego, CA.
  • Wear a pair to watch movie at home with friends or get excited to see a new release on the big screen such as the Lego Batman movie scheduled to be released on February 20, 2017 or the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie slated to come out on July 7th.
  • Add them as the perfect accessory to your costume party attire – great for Halloween or whenever an awe-inspiring costume is in order.
  • Wear them anytime “just because” they are fun or to add to your nerd mystique.

The SuspenderStore’s selection of superhero suspenders is certain to satisfy your heroic thirst! As any true comic fan knows, not every superhero is created equal, which is why we offer a large selection of character suspenders to choose from. From our Avengers suspenders featuring icons like Thor and the Hulk, to our Spider-man suspenders associated with the web-slinging superhero himself, our selection of classic and modern superheroes will keep your city safe and your imagination churning.

ninjahulkcollageOur novelty comic suspenders measure 1-inch wide and offer all of the fun and coolness expected of a  cartoon hero while also offering unbeatable support. The suspenders have a sturdy X-Back construction and are finished with solid nickel finger clips. Most of our comic collection suspenders are entirely adjustable thanks to the addition of a solid metal crosspatch that customers will feel right at home with. The SuspenderStore superhero suspender collection , Looney Tunes Suspender Collection or Disney Suspender Collection all make a sartorial statement; whether these braces are flying out in the open, or hidden under a coat or jacket.

Our character suspenders come in two lengths to fit kids of all ages and sizes. For kids and adults measuring up to 5’5” inches tall, please select the 40-inch version. For those who are between 5’5” to 6’2”, please select the 50-inch version.

Kids-Minions-N-FrontDid we mention that all of these fantastic comics-inspired products are manufactured in the U.S.? These suspenders use reduced-density elastic in the straps and lighter gauge metals in the thumb clips to maintain a light weight that will help you soar higher (if you’re into that sort of thing). Nevertheless, all of these suspenders are colorful, and offer plenty of daily durability for anyone who fancies an unusual pair of braces.

Based on a SuspenderStore customer comments, our comic book character suspender collection rates an average of “Awesome” on the superhero suspender scale.

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Scores of Style: Suspenders to Celebrate Classical Music Month

Scores of Style: Suspenders to Celebrate Classical Music Month

In honor of Classical Music Month (September) we’re rolling out the red carpet with a slew of cool music-related suspenders. Whether you’re a budding composer, a music teacher or just a fan of late greats like Chopin, Wagner and Verdi, you can celebrate with scores of magnificent music suspenders from SuspenderStore this month. Here are some cool styles to get you inspired!

Musical Suspenders to Honor the Greats

Music note suspenders — Every baton-waving maestro needs a pair of cool music note suspenders to wear atop the podium or at pre- and post-concert events. Sport them at the symphony or opera with your black tie attire or jazz up your next concert outfit with a pair in classic black and white.

Piano key suspenders — Got a thing for Beethoven or Mozart? Pay tribute to classical music’s greatest concertos with a pair of piano suspenders that feature octaves of piano keys in — what else? — black and ivory. These suspenders make the perfect gift for the music-lover.

Musical instrument suspenders — If you’re all about symphonic, you’ll love a pair of musical instrument suspenders featuring repeating images of clarinets, flutes, saxophones, French horns, trumpets and trombones with black music notes. This pair is a must-wear to the symphony or orchestra concert on your calendar and can also be integrated into your jazz-themed looks.

Formalwear Suspenders — Beethoven wore a neck scarf, Chopin loved his bowties. But the great composers and conductors of the modern era often sported formal suspenders with their maestro tails.  Go with a pair of black french satin or silk suspenders or, if your budget allows, try a beautiful pair of handwoven silk suspenders and the complements you will receive will be music to your ears.

Flag suspenders — Sure, you can pay homage to Mendelssohn, Bach, Brahms, Handel, Beethoven and Wagner with a pair of red or yellow suspenders honoring the German flag, but what about a pair that celebrates U.S.-born classical musicians? (It goes without saying, but we’re talking about Gershwin.) A pair of American flag suspenders will do the trick, especially for your Labor Day concert.


The Skinny on Thin Suspenders: How to Wear Them

Thin suspenders offer a stylish, modern take on the classic suspender trend. Whether you’re a guy or a girl, they’re easy to add to just about any outfit. Whether you’ve always worn thicker suspenders, or you’re looking for an accessible way to try out this dapper accessory for the first time, skinny suspenders are the chic way to go.

model-53Luckily, just about everyone looks great in a fashion-forward pair of thin suspenders, so it won’t be too hard to master the look. Here are just a few helpful tips to help you style your new accessories.

Choose the right size

What looks thin on a larger individual may not look so thin on a smaller person, so be sure to use a size chart before choosing your new pair of suspenders. You’ll also want to make sure that you know your proper suspender length, because no matter how stylish the pair may be, they won’t look good unless they fit properly.

MiniMe#1Choose something minimal

Traditional wider suspenders often come in funny patterns and themed prints, but with a pair of thin suspenders, you’ll want to keep things sleek and simple. Go for a dark color or a neutral hue that matches anything. If you prefer a pattern, stick to something like light stripes or soft plaid.

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To let your suspenders shine, keep the rest of your outfit pretty straightforward. Go for a crisp, tailored shirt in a coordinating color, and then choose a pair of dark slacks and leather shoes. If you’re looking to try out a more modern look, wear your new suspenders with some dark denim jeans, a matching chambray shirt, and even a wide-brimmed hat to top things off.


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.



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.

DSC_2101 A-webHere are a few of our fave back-to-school suspender styles:

  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!