Suspenders - the most versatile accessory?

Yes! Of the accessories, perhaps the most versatile is definitely suspenders, also known as braces. The suspenders work just as well in formal and casual wear and bring elegance, color or a casual feel to the ensembles, while always saying something about the wearer.

The simplicity of the suspenders is to keep the trousers comfortable, but nowadays the suspenders can also be used as a purely detailed accessory, even when the garment does not actually need them to stay up.

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Hundreds of years old invention

The history of the straps goes back to before the actual break in the belts in dress. Namely, the first inventions reminiscent only of the braces used today can be traced back to 18th-century France. Where the braces at the time were really were mostly pieces of ribbon attached to the buttonholes of the pants and thus the pants were held up. The use of suspenders was then comparable to underwear, and even until about the 20th century, suspenders were by no means suitable for prominent use or public display.

The current look of the braces appeared on the market in the early 1820s when the renowned British brace manufacturer Albert Thurston developed the braces to be worn with the high-waisted trousers used at the time. The stylish pants were so tall at the time of the world that they couldn't even be worn with a belt.

Albert's suspenders were also the first to use leather slots for fastening. Their suspenders were made from tightly felted boxcloth wool into the H model, then became the X model which eventually took shape into the modern Y model, which is still the most popular model on men’s braces today. Of course, all of the above models are still available on the market.

Certainly, the clip-on fastening, which is very familiar to people of all ages, was developed in 1894 so that the straps could also be used on clothes that did not have a button fastening.

In the early 20th century, the great popularity of suspenders declined slightly, because with low-waisted trousers, the suspenders were no longer mandatory. The braces still were not completely forgotten and several doctors even recommended their use. After 1970, the suspenders returned to the popularity of the dressers and unisex models also started to appear on the market. And so the straps finally got their place as a detail in the dress and as an accessory that belongs and gets to be seen! Today, braces are available in many materials, widths, patterns and colors. Everyone is sure to find something to their liking.

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Using braces

Two different fastening methods are used for braces: quick fastening and button fastening. Of which, button fastening is a more classic and festive way that requires buttons on the pants to which the suspenders are attached. Nowadays, there are not many trousers that have a button fastening, so you have to sew them yourself or with a seamstress, or alternatively choose removable, clip-on buttons that can be switched between pants whenever needed.

A faster way to attach braces is to use quick-release clips. The quick release does not require buttons and is really easy to wear on any pants.

As a rule, the braces have some sort of adjustment, ie their length can be adjusted to suit you. Of course, there are also certain models of braces, e.g.leather straps made to measure, the length of which cannot be adjusted The braces of the boutique are all Y-shaped and come in regular or extra length, each brace also has the possibility of adjustment. Mounting options are available in both button and quick release, some are available in some parts.

Suspenders fit virtually any pants. They work with both straight pants and light summer pants, or even as a friend of shorts. Suspenders are also an easy accessory for light craze. Colorful and slim suspenders work best in summer wear when they are not under other clothing but get their rights over them, such as a white t-shirt and linen pants.

If you want, you can also add colorful suspenders to your party dress. For example, the orange suspenders under the blue suit are a wonderful detail that always flashes occasionally but is not always on display. On the other hand, the more restrained ensemble is also stylish and, for example, black suspenders with a black suit give a certain dignity to the outfit.

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Suspenders in outfits

When purchasing the first braces, it's a good idea to consider their versatility, how to make one brace fit as many situations and wholes as possible. For example, black or brown suspenders are always stylish but understated and look dignified even with a suit. Likewise, gray or blue suspenders are easy to combine into many entities and color combinations. The colorful suspenders, on the other hand, bring freshness to dark dresses and go great with lighter summer dresses or as a fun detail at a party. Tip! The looser suspenders can be easily tied to suit many outfits by getting a scarf of the same shade, for example.

With colorful suspenders, it's a good idea to avoid multi-colored shirts that have a harsh and large pattern so that the whole thing doesn't look too confusing. Of course, with a patterned shirt, for example, simpler black or white suspenders may work very well again.

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Choose quality suspenders

There are as many differences in the quality of braces as there are manufacturers, so when choosing straps, pay special attention after work. For example, check whether the fasteners are genuine leather or imitation leather. Also try the rigidity of the quick-release fasteners, if they feel loose when new, they will probably loosen further so much that they will no longer stick properly. It is also worth testing the tightness of the rubber band on the braces, as the poor quality rubber band loosens over time and makes the braces unusable. A good rubber band is dense and elastic.

At Saarni's boutique, you will find a wide range of high-quality braces made in Italy. Bruce's braces have a wonderful range of colors, pieces of leather and many details that will be remembered and taken away.