Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Women and Suspenders

When did women start wearing suspenders? That is a fair question, considering that more and more women are wearing suspenders and braces nowadays.

You may be surprised to find out that women have been wearing braces for as long as they have been wearing  pants - dating back to the early 1900s. A November 3, 1913 article from the New York Times states...



















This trend has come and gone through the generations. During the 1940s and 1950s, braces were very popular.

College Fall Fashion, 1941
College Fall fashion, 1950
 

Ginger Rogers

Women generally wear braces for two reasons:
  1. The pants/skirt comes with braces already attached and so they are worn them with the outfit.
  2. Suspenders are attached by them to be fashionable.
Therefore, do not think that braces are only for men. Women enjoy wearing braces just as much as men.
Discussion time:
  • As a women, do you wear braces? Have you worn braces in the past?
  • What do you wear with braces? Do you stay within menswear or branch out?
    Note: all photos are used solely for non-commercial use and to illustrate braces in fashion. No plagiarism is intended.

    38 comments:

    1. Thank you for taking up this topic. Nice to know that braces also in women´s fashion have such a long tradition. As far as I know, many women in the eighties and early nineties have worn braces/suspenders, among them many celebrities from Farrah Fawcett and Bo Derek to Courteney Cox and Christie Brinkley. Certainly that would be a very interesting and fruitful topic for a sequel.

      Fortunately, I have the impression that slowly suspenders return into ladies fashion and become more and more popular!

      Bianca

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    2. @Bianca: Yes, braces have been around for a while. Its great to see celebrities like Boyence, Drew Barymore, and Kirsten Stewart wear them. Check out the earlier postings for some photos.

      Do you wear braces? What do you wear them with?

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    3. I enjoy the wonderful feeling of wearing suspenders. So you can see me in braces regularly. I prefer wearing clip-on suspenders over a blouse with loose, high-waisted classic pants. Also I own two suspender pants with attached buttoned suspenders. Especially in the office braces are incredibly comfortable and also look really good. It is surprising how many compliments I get when I wear suspenders. Sometimes I even pull braces over a T-shirt with jeans.
      Braces are just great - I love them!

      Bianca

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      1. Bianca it sounds like we have the same taste in what to wear braces with and how to do so also. It is very rare to see me without a pair on and if you do then im probably in a jumpsuit. Are you the only female at your work that wears them? Or do others also after seeing you in yours? There is probably 12 to 15 female's at my work and we all wear braces 90% of the time.

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    4. you should send in some photos of yourself in the button braces/suspender pants to the blog, if you don't mind. I think more women should wear them, there's nothing that looks better!

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    5. @Bianca: Yes, the feeling of wearing braces is great; not only do your pants stay at a comfortable high on your waist, but moving is flexible. They cannot compare to a belt!

      I agree that the high-waisted pants with braces over a white blouse in the office is flattering. Enjoy wearing your braces!

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    6. Biased feminists will use any illogical statement to " justify female's covetous cross-dressing " to down play their transvestism ! Fashion is always a females " gain " at the expense of the docile male victim; wake-up males !

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    7. the most fashion braces ' or suspenders in the us",for women are those I found in Paris,,a matter of fact I bought 2 pairs of them ,completly in leather,one pair behine represents "the eiffel tower with clips and in front they are straight and you can regulate them by buckles and in very thick black leather too (marvelous!),the other pair are in thick red flushy leather ( clip on one's with again big metalic buckles ans holes to regulate them too,,once you've got theese leather suspenders on you "you feel great",and it passes with any thing,skirts,trousers,shorts,I really dig them,so does my husband!

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    8. Talking about braces (or suspenders in the us),since a couple of years for us the ladies,you have lederhosen shops selling "ladies very short lederhosen with the matching leather suspenders,with the leather cross piece wich fall on your breasts,and in various colours too,I bought a red shinny leather type one along with the matching suspenders ,what a great feeling once you've got it on you,I wear it everytime I go out,and at such reasonable prices too,(under 100euros),a lot of the lady shop owners wear them all day,and the sizes go from 38 to 56 (european),very sexy !,the thick leather suspenders slack a bit ,but as soon as you bend down you feel the suspenders in your back pulling and holding you firmly,wow what a great feeling,no wonder more and more women are wearing lederhosen in germany,austria,and sud-tyrol,those who have experienced this please respond!

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      1. @Anonymous: Glad to hear that women are wearing lederhosen. Suspenders do provide excellent comfort. Keep on wearing suspenders!

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    9. I agree with the two previous comments posted before,concerning " suspenders and ladies lederhosen.We are scandinavian,but we like a lot "the german-cultur"!.And since 10 years ,more and more women,of all ages,wear ,either very short lederhosen with the leather suspenders,( with lovely flowers on the flap,and on the suspenders,or you see a lot of the long lederhosen ( bundhosen),coming just below the knees and of course with the matching suspenders too.The Dirndl too has a very large succes too,especialy the long one's with the long silk apron.,girls and women wear them practicly everday, 'in Germany,Austria,south-tyrol-slovenia-switzerland !,I personaly think thats in this "crazy world" we live in it's wonderful that all theese countries !!.The ladies have an absolute advantage on men,because they can wear both," dirndl" and", lederhosen",and you can put them on " anyday" " anyday" they are so practical,and allways " in",.I was a little surprised by comments made on other blogs concerning " lederhosen" some saying ( a minority),well it's stupid to wear lederhosen ,are they "complexed" or what,,that means that millions and millions of locals and tourists are all stupid ?!!,Anyway I say "long live lederhosen"

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    10. I've just came back from Berlin the federal capital of Germany and even here you see lot of people in Dirndls and Lederhosen,there's a lot of shops selling theese items,and being a woman and over 40,I wonderd if I could wear one too, well it was a pleasent surprise to see that women much older than I do.In fact they are very short compared with men's Lederhosen and with beautiful flowers on the matching suspenders and on the cross-piece in front.the prices are reasonable too 59 euros for a complete short one and 79 euros for a longer one allways complete.Another thing that I liked is that Berlin being a capital,has very big lakes and even forests,so it was very nice cycling or walking around theese lakes in my Lederhosen and seeing other people of both sexes wearing them.I really recomend people to buy one ,on Internet you get them at the same price,you feel so great when you're in them.Anyway I bought myself a blue one with the flap and the matching suspenders size 48 .I asked to other german women why was lederhosen and dirndls so much worn in all Germany they answerd me explaining that as thet say a la mode ,wich is a <french term,anyway do like me treat yourself in buying a Lederhose ,men & women , I do agree too that once you're in one it's really such a very good feeling and wear them when you want,plus your boyfreind or husband will appreciate it too

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    11. Actualy since a couple of years you can buy very easily Lederhosen with the matching suspenders on Internet,at low prices too,around 39 euros,the short one's ( complete) and around 79 euros for longer one's,just go on :AMAZON.DE-or AMAZON.FR- or AMAZON.CO.UK- or AMAZON.COM,and put in LEDERHOSEN FUR HERRN UND DAMEN.?Luckily thet speak English and normaly there's no postage fees either

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    12. Thank you for the tip of buying a lederhosen,I took a look on the sites you recommended,and I did find a great range of lederhosen for men and women with the matching suspenders at the prices you inicated,I showed them to my boyfreind and he thinks it's great!,and encouraged me in buying one,so i'll order one.In the meantime,I like to wear large baggy pants with large leather clip on suspenders and a leather cap too on my head I dig ' les miserables " type of clothing,seeming kind of scruffy wearing a cardigan but allways leaving it opended so everybody can see my large clip on suspenders with their huge metal clips,evrybody loves me dressed up this way!!

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    13. I love wearing braces and either buy clothing that comes with them; like slacks or jeans but also have suspender buttons sewn in pants. They are far more comfortable than belts and feel really nice against my back. On top of the comfort, they are so sexy. My husband thinks I look very sexy in them.

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      1. @Anonymous: Thanks for your comments. I agree that braces are by far the most comfortable way to wear pants or jeans. They look and feel great.
        I imagine you wear braces almost every day. What outfits do you wear with them with? How do you coordinate braces with your style?

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      2. I do like to wear braces every day. I wear them with jeans, chinos, or work slacks.
        After you get used to how comfy and stylish they are you really dont like to go without.
        I have braces that are more monotone ; blacks and beiges and ones that have more colorful designs. Depends on the day!

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    14. Dear Sirs, keep up the good work. Am surprised how many women dont realize how fantastic braces are; except the people on tbis blog.
      When I started wearing braces, I used to hide or cover them.
      Now I wear them with pride.
      Please keep us posted if you come across ad suspender pants/jeans you think we shoukd buy.thanks!

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      1. Thanks Anonymous! It's my pleasure to write this blog and highlight braces and suspenders to people. Braces can be worn every day - weather you are going to work, in the evenings going out, or on the weekends relaxing around your home. Braces are under appreciated, but over deliver!

        As for suspender jean ads, there are a number of them right now. I'd recommend Court James Suspender Skinny Jeans or CourtShop James Suspender Skinny Jeans. You can also check out Pinterest for many, many more photos and ads.

        Have other readers come across ads they can share with us?

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    15. Your site is great bc wome know there are other women loving braces . They are not alone.
      I feel naked without them and wear yhem 6 Times a week
      comfort and elegance.
      I have 20 pairs and love love them. Thet make me feel so sexy

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      1. Thanks! I'm glad that people can learn that its fashionable and stylish to wear braces.

        I think women are more willing to be adventurous in what they wear. Rather than simply wear what is the current fashion, women are more willing to break through the standard outfits and provide variety and color. Braces are a nice signature piece that can set your outfit apart from others.

        You mentioned you wear braces 6 times a week. You must have experimented with many different outfits and coordinating the braces. Could you share your tips on what you have found works well for wearing braces everyday, without wearing a similar outfit every day?

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    16. I love wearing braces!! I'm female , I don't wear them as much as I'd like. Why should they be relegated to men? One dinosaur man in an article says we don't need them but they make trouser wearing more comfortable. I'd like to know if other women enjoy wearing them as much as I do and if there are men who like women wearing pair of braces?

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      1. Glad to hear you love wearing braces, I do too!
        I agree with you that braces should not only be for men, but also for women. Everyone should wear braces for comfort and to support their pants or skirt. It worked when pants were originally invented, and it still works today.

        I think women wearing braces is fantastic. What outfits do you wear braces with?

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    17. Hi I have mentioned in another post dress pants and jacket. I'd love a morning suit , looking out for one. Gonna mix it up with a long vest top, black tutu and denim jacket and I'm gonna try with a pencil skirt. I have lots of black ones but would love pinstripe , I will be on the hunt for one in the shops!! I think we need female T V stars that wear braces and ones in novels and plays too!! I't is funny but I reckon I could wear them on stage but I'm not quite ready to flash them at work!!

      Andie :-)

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    18. Dress trousers and jacket. Denim skirt, jeans and denim or bike jacket. I have two dresses with mini suspenders and I'm thinking of teaming. My new suspenders with a black lycra vest and tutu and black spandex. I'm gonna get some new dress trousers and a waistcoat to. Wear my new blue and white braces with!!!

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    19. I love braces! They are my favorite. Feel so sexy and comfortable.
      I wish I could wear every day.
      just wearing them arouses me. A man in braces makes me melt

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      1. @BBC Corp: Thanks for sharing! Braces are amazing and comfortable. What do you wear your braces with? What styles of braces do you own?

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    20. Thanks for the tips posted on january,29,,26,and 23,concerning ladies suspenders and concerning ladies lederhosen ,(german thick leather shorts with the matching suspenders,.I orderd one on amazon-site,and have just received it,wow! since i've received it and now wear it,I feel so great and they are so "feminine too,Mine is in a pink leather with the matching suspenders with lovely buckles and a breastpiece in the front,I like alqo the way you close it,with the buttoned flap in front,there's a range of 7horn buttons in front and 2 in the back But the thing I like the most is the feeling of being well maintained and strapped in it ,it's so sexy !!,Since then I have other women freinds who have orderd one too because they really want to wear this outfit,Yes allthough i'm over 40 I just love wearing them!,And as sais quite rightly too once you've tookthe habit of wearing them you feel "naked" if you don't put it on,Anyway My husband just loves me in them ,and I think That i'm going to get him to order onr aswell,so we"ll be both in Lederhosen shorts!As for the price it was 79 euros ,( but sent post free)!So go n ahead ladies do like me It's a guaranteed succes!!

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    21. It's true that wearing suspenders with pants or skirts does give an extra touch for us the Ladies!.Last summet having rented a location in southern Italy,and walking with my husband along the seaside,there were shops selling women's suits with short pants and the jacket,in a dark blue tergal textile!,But underneath it was even better,because along with the jacket and short pants you had a white blouse with blue buttons on the short pants and the buttons for suspenders with leather ends to attach on the buttons sown on the outside!My husband said ,hey! look at this ,this would suit you,,and I did notice a couple of women walking about in this outfit,but told my husband what ? you want to dress me up as a little girl 'I'm 30 you know,and we continued strolling along ,but we saw other women wearing again this short pant suit and jacket!And having second thoughts,I decided to go back to the shops selling theese Items!.I started to dream myself in it,and asked what sizes they had and they replied from 38 to 48 ( european sizes).I took a 46 size and tried it on and coming out my husband thought I was great in it !Then taking off the jacket and looking in the big mirror,the white blouse with it's blue buttons +the big blue buttons too on the outside of the short pants and with the large and thick "grandpa's suspenders ,I started to think that this thing was sexy,so I bought it ( at a very reasonable price too!.In the begining when I went out or driving my car I did'nt dare taking my jacket off ,because of the suspenders,but sweating too much I did take it off,and walking around or driving I took the taste of "showing" my neat white buttoned blouse and the large suspenders buttoned on those big blue buttons,a matter of fact I even got complimented ,so now I'm not at all complexed of wearing my short pant suit along with my suspenders,!.And i agree now that us the women don't hesistate and step forward and wear suspenders at any time ,men love it!!

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    22. I love wearing braces. I'm female and I'm afraid to show mine off but I'm so pleased other women like to wear them also. Andie.

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    23. I'm a guy, and I have a strange attraction to women in menswear. And I definitely believe that menswear ≠ masculinity. I love the high waisted pants/shorts look on women and am a firm believer that high waisted pants with suspenders (or "braces" as the brits call them) look great on any girl, with any body type. I myself have never worn braces, since I always wear a vest with my suit, but I see a lot of people looking great with braces and I'm glad they're fashionable again (especially for women)

      -Raphael

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      1. Thanks Raphael for the comments. Women in menswear has definitely taken off the last few years. More and more designers are incorporating menswear into their outfits, and that results in women wearing it. This includes braces, suspenders, bowties, vests, hats, suits, dress shirts... women's tuxedo pants! The list is endless!

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    24. Please if you alow me to say so ,I'm a man who loves to wear belt and suspenders with his pants ,but women look even greater when wearing belt and suspenders ,either clip on one's or button on one's with leather ends,so don't worry about your entourage do as you feel ,anyhow women look great wearing belt with suspenders ,I admit they carry them much better than we do,!.So ladies do as you wish but please don't have any complex about wearing suspenders carry on !.

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    25. women look great in braces,whether it is with pants or shorts.High waisted clothing looks particularly good when they are worn with a pair of braces.

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      1. @Anonymous: couldn't agree more! High waisted clothing, be it pant, skirt or shorts, are made for braces.

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    26. Me too I agree ,that sure suspenders were inutially made for men ,but the Ladies do really carry them well too !Hane you seen lately on Internet " the KOOPLES SHORT LEATHER PANTS HIGH WAISTED WITH A LARGE BELT AND THE LEATHER END SUSPENDERS FOR WOMEN wow thet really do look sexy and attractive in them ,but the only thing is the Price ,yes they cot a good 200 euros !

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    27. the last picture is of ginger rogers not clara bows

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