Saturday, August 11, 2012

Braces and Hats

You have probably noticed braces and suspenders popping up (pardon the pun!) everywhere recently. So what other accessories go with braces?

One of the most prominent accessories is a hat. Braces were a standard accessory during the 1920s and '30s. People also wore hats during this time. So it goes to say that hats and braces are a perfect pair!

Common styles included the bowler, fedora, and top hat. Here's a photo with a number of hats and rear side of a man's braces:

So here's some ideas to get you started:


What better way to relive the roaring ‘20s than with braces and a vintage hat? Its perfect for a man or women from casual to formal.

Discussion time:
  • Do you wear a hat with braces?
  • What other accessories do you wear with braces with?

Note: all photos are used solely for non-commercial use and to illustrate braces in fashion. No plagiarism is intended.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Braces with Shorts

Summer is a great time to show off your love of braces and suspenders. The hot weather means that you are wearing fewer layers of clothing, and so your braces will be on display all day. They are a conversation starter as well as an accessory to add that extra touch to an outfit.

When shorts are worn with braces they are suspended at the waist. This provides roominess around the waist which increases air circulation and reduces heat buildup – perfect for hot summer days!

But before you start snapping on a pair of suspenders to all your shorts, you should consider the nature of braces. One may argue that all shorts could be supported with suspenders. Taken to the extreme, you may say that males should wear suspenders with a bathing suit! That is simply comical and looks ridiculous. I am not arguing for a blanket approach to wearing braces.

So how should you wear braces with shorts? First, you should remember that suspenders are more formal in nature than a belt. Belts conjure up images of a working man; braces invoke a sense of sophistication. Braces and suspenders are simply more formal than belts. Therefore, to wear suspenders or braces with your shorts, you should do it when the occasion is more formal, such as at garden party or outdoor theater. 

Second, shorts are associated with athletic wear and physical exercise. It’s generally desired to have less articles of clothing when playing sports rather than more. Who wants to provide their opponent with the opportunity to snap their suspenders while running after a soccer ball, for instance.

Whenever you wear braces, they will speak for themselves. So be mindful of the design and style you wear. They should be simple, with solid colors or strips – no pastels or graphic designs. Here are some suggestions for achieving this look:

 Retailers are attaching straps to shorts this year, especially for females. Here's some examples:

If you want to get a Train Conductor look, you can add a pair of braces to stripped, blue shorts. Red braces will definitely catch someone's attention:

Discussion time:
1. Would you wear braces with shorts?
2. Do you find wearing suspenders in the summer to improve air flow or not?

Note: all photos are used solely for non-commercial use and to illustrate braces in fashion. No plagiarism is intended.