Additionally, people that don’t have hips are almost required to wear braces. They cannot wear belts, as their pants will constantly slip down and eventually end up at their ankles. As a result, they have turned to braces.
For ladies, wearing braces can be awkward, due to their … assets. This is where button placement is key (refer to previous blog). The shoulder straps should come down from the shoulders and pass on the outer sides of the assets.
|The buttons are too close to |
the middle seam
|The buttons are to far apart |
from the middle seam
Tyra Banks weighs in on the topic on Access Hollywood Live. I disagree with her comment that the suspenders should be on top. If you notice, the left strap shifts to the side by the end of the video clip showing that they should be positioned to the side. Tyra has worn suspenders before:
As well as on her own show in December 2010.
Ladies wishing to wear braces should try to position the buttons as close to the main pleat as possible, so that the pants or skirt are adequately supported. Too far to the side seam and the pants will droop in the middle. Too close to the middle seam and it will squish the assets (refer to previous photo). The braces illustrated by Vixen Vintage below are worn correctly and look stunning.
Women have been adopting menswear for a number of years, and I think it can be very fashionable. In 2010, Lena Hoschek has a fabulous Fall/Winter 2010 line hits it right on the button – this is how braces are meant to be worn by women.
Remember that pants to be worn with braces should always be worn a little larger at the waist so that they are actually "suspended" from the shoulders. But avoid going too far, as shown here:
As Alan Fusser points out, “Perhaps the only person who might encounter some difficulty wearing suspenders is someone with sharply sloped shoulders. In such a case, the back fork of the suspenders can be raised to compensate. This may be accomplished simply by using the excess material from the hem of the trousers to make tabs that can be sewn to the back, thereby effectively raising the fork higher on the back, which in turn will keep the suspenders from sliding.”
|The brace junction is higher to compensate |
for this ladies sloped shoulders
Braces are also used for these shorts/skirt to hold them up:
- What about you?
- Are you wearing braces?
Note: all photos are used solely for non-commercial use and to illustrate braces in fashion. No plagiarism is intended.