How to Measure for Suspenders

No, our tape measure suspenders are not the best way to measure suspender size!

Measuring for suspenders is trickier than one would think. There are many variables to consider, such as the person’s height, girth, body shape, the elasticity of the suspenders and whether or not they can be adjusted. Elastic suspenders allow for more wiggle room, but even leather suspenders will stretch slightly over time as they are worn.

Suspender sizes are frequently given in inches, and are measured when they are fully stretched out. Rather than trying to guess the correct size, it’s recommended that you take an actual measurement for the best fit. For Y-back suspenders, take the measurement from the belt’s front loop, diagonally over the shoulder to the rear belt loop in the center. For suspenders with an X-back design, you should measure from the front belt loop over the shoulder to the side of the back waistline. Choose the suspender size that’s closest to your measurement. For more adjustment room, select the next larger size.

┬áIf you’re buying suspenders as a gift and you can’t get an actual measurement, consider these height guidelines:

  • For adults between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-5, select 54-inch suspenders.
  • For those who are 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-2, choose a 48-inch size.
  • For people between 5-foot and 5-foot-9, 42-inch suspenders are the best choice. These are also best for children over 5 feet.
  • The 36-inch suspenders will fit 5-year-olds up to 5-foot-tall children.
  • The 30-inch size suspenders are recommended for children between 2 and 5 years old.
  • For babies and infants between 9 months and 24 months, choose the 25-inch size.

No matter what the age, everyone enjoys and looks great in suspenders.

2 thoughts on “How to Measure for Suspenders

  1. I AM 5FT 11 INCHES AND A 300 POUNDER AND A FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER AND ATHLETE. I’M A LITTLE OVERWEIGHT BUT I NEED SUSPENDERS IN ABOUT A 60 INCH X-BACK BECAUSE A 54″ X-BACK HOLDS UP MY TROUSERS AND WALKING SHORTS OKAY BUT THEY DON’T ALLOW FOR SITTING OR BENDING OVER AND THEY CAN BECOME QUITE UNCOMFORTABLE AND WHEN SITTING I NEED TO REMOVE THEM FROM MY SHOULDERS UNTIL I STAND UP AGAIN.
    IT WOULD BE VERY NICE IF YOUR STORE IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA WOULD CARRY THE FOLLOWING BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT A LOT OF THEM OVER THE YEARS:
    60 INCH, X-BACK, TAN AND DARK BLUE, (SOLID COLOR FOR EACH) 1 1/2 INCHES WIDE WITH CHROME WIDE ALLIGATOR CLIPS. THEY CARRY THEM IN THE 54″ BUT I’VE NEVER FOUND THEM IN THE 60″
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I AM AWAITING YOUR REPLY.
    THANK YOU, JOHN A. EIRP

    • We do carry the suspenders you described – 60″ length X-Back in Tan, Navy Blue and Black with Nickel alligator clips. We don’t sell through stores, but you can order online or call us at 800-393-4508. The link to our website page with these suspenders is: Big & Tall Classic Suspenders. These are 2-inch wide. We also carry 1.5″ wide in the 60″ length but those have the thinner finger clips. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>