Parallel brace straps run over the shoulders and attach to the same side on both the front and back. They are not connected together. As a result, when they don’t have sufficient tension in the straps they will easily slip from the shoulders, as nothing is holding them together. This style was the original style of braces, and people found them to be very uncomfortable as they always slipped off. As such, they joined the straps in the back (H-back), or crossed them over (X-back).
X-back go down the back and cross-over to the other side. This allows wider range to actually hold up the pants. As such, it is recommended for people with larger pants. For illustration, as this gentleman is more portly, he should not use Y-back braces as shown...
|Y-back braces with large pants|
|X-back braces with large pants|
|Notice the total of 4 |
brace buttons on the back
|Pants with tabs to raise the junction|
|Placement of braces without tabs|
X-back braces can also use a D-ring, illustrated below. These are common among Albert Thurston braces and very comfortable.
|D-ring rear junction braces by Albert Thurston|
|Swivel Back Braces|
There's also ads for President Suspenders. I have yet to see these in use. They look comfortable and very flexible, with all the pulleys and strings, but that could also be annoying.
- What do you think of the different styles?
- Do you find the Y-back or X-back style more comfortable?
Note: all photos are used solely for non-commercial use and to illustrate braces in fashion. No plagiarism is intended.