Here is the common sense for everyone when they build up their outfit. People would love to turn others’ eyes at the way they walk. However, to do that you have to get a delicate eye for fashion. Don’t put everything on your body because you will look like a fashion disaster rather than what you expected.
I, myself, regard the suspenders as the underwear because it’s mostly covered by your jacket or coat. However, in some cases where you have to take off your jacket like dancing, people will see your suspenders, so this one will be a different story. So, to match with your outfits, I would like recommend some tips or notes for you to perfectly build up your outfits.
1. Choose the right width
The first one is about the size of suspenders. You have to choose the suitable length with your torso and adjust it for a snug fit. Don’t choose the one that you have to adjust much that leave the buckles staying too low or too high on the straps.
How about the width of the straps? There are some common widths of straps that you have to consider for different occasions. The first one is 0.75”, which is called “skinny”. This width is suitable for both men and women when mixing with your casual outfits to help you come with a stylish look.
You can comfortably think of wearing these ones with a khaki and basic T-shirt, with skinny or slim fit jeans and a dress shirt, or even with a slim fit sweater when handing out with your friends, streetwear or office casual as well.
However, this one is supposed to get best with skinnier guys and sometimes I found that this width somehow cannot be functional enough for a suspender by nature.
Secondly, the versatile width of 1’ is favorable to everyone regardless of gender, body shape. This one is like something in the middle because you can easily mix it with your either causal or formal outfits. For that flexibility, the suspenders will perfectly stay on T-shirts along with jeans and khakis or dress pants with shirts.
Nevertheless, that width is supposed to be quite vulnerable because it cannot stand with heavy-set body. Thus, skinnier guys still look best with this width.
Moreover, to meet the market demand for all people from slim to husky body, many brands are making suspenders with the 1.25” straps which are considered as the innovation of the traditional ones, 1.5”, that you only wear in formal events and business daily life. For this width, you can add a trendy touch to your causal outfits of khakis and jeans, dress pants and even tuxedos and suits.
Well, that’s something about width you should take into account when purchasing one to wear for particular occasions.
2. Suspenders with tuxedoes and suits. How is it?
For formal events, most of people tend to use the suspenders rather than belts because the suspenders somehow can add a great touch to your top to show off your body.
Although this one is usually covered by your jackets or coats, there are still some basic rules you should follow to make everything in your outfits matching with each other. Therefore, you will look much different in a well-mixed outfit.
When mixing suspenders particularly with tuxedos and suits, the basic thing you have to remember is that clip suspenders are never worn with suits, but button suspenders are highly recommended.
People believe that traditionally, the button suspenders perfectly fits with tuxedoes in formal event meanwhile the clip ones are only for convenient daily causal life.
Let’s talk about the dress pants first. For the waistband, many people concern about the belt loops because wearing suspenders will let the loops empty and they will look quite weird, so they would like to remove the belt loops.
Others, however, want to keep them because they sometimes wear belts and the loops will be useful for those cases. Customers are different, right? But, I think that the menswear purists would like to remove the belt loops to look much more elegant when wearing suspenders.
Besides, when choosing a dress pants, I highly recommend you with those featuring side-adjuster so that you will enjoy the great comfort when adjust the waistband to get a snug fit with your body. Thus, here is a great tip for you.
When purchasing a dress pant, try to find those with buttons sewn inside the waistband. Otherwise, you can do it at home because it’s quite easy. You can read the introduction in my article about Top Best Button Suspenders in 2019 and you can also see more offers of good deal for suspenders.
You know what? Suspenders are just like ties. Solid color is better and more formal than lighter colors and in the same way certain fabrics are much more formal than silk suspenders and suspenders made of some kinds of heavier and rougher materials.
For the solid color, it must be darker than the color of your shirt. A blue suit, for example, has a light blue shirt, so your suspenders must be darker like navy blue.
Moreover, there will be a bonus point if your suspenders compliments or pick up on other colors of your outfits. The color of buckles on your suspenders can match with your wristwatch or even match patterns of your tie. For easier choice, you can check my collections of tie and suspenders set and bowtie suspenders set as well.
And for the last point in color matching, the leather ends of button suspenders have to match with your shoes. If you’re wearing a dark charcoal suit and black Oxford shoes, it will look best with the black leather ends of your suspenders.
However, you don’t have to consider much about matching problem because choosing items to put on your body is up to you, just be fine. It won’t be the end of the world if your suspenders won’t match with all rules. But at least, I think you have to match it with the color of your shirt.
3. How to class up with jeans and suspenders?
As I mentioned, the suspenders are worn for both formal and casual events. With the second part above, you already know how to look much elegant in suits and tuxedos when wearing suspenders.
Well, how about daily life with casual outfits like a basic t-shirt and jeans? The answer is “Yes”, you can also perfectly match with your casual outfits to hang out with your friends.
It’s not as strict as when wearing with suits because you don’t need to consider whether button or clip suspenders are correct. You can use both. The clip suspenders are designed for this occasion to help you feel easy, convenient and comfortable to put them on our body.
You may know that the wider suspenders are, the more formal your outfits will look. So, I’m sure that you don’t tend to dress up as going to wedding when hanging out with your friends at bar or pub, right?
Then, the first thing to consider when putting braces on your torso is the width of straps. You can comfortably wear suspenders with the width less than 1.5” to match with your casual outfit with jeans.
However, you can also wear suspenders with 1.5” in width with jeans, but especially coming with a shirt for some semi-formal occasions like the most typical idea of classic white shirt, black jeans and black suspenders. Remember this one is a special case.
Unlike wearing with suits, you don’t need to only stick to solid color because casual outfits are the one to express your style, to make yourself unique. For that reason, you can set a new tone for your look with some printed suspenders like check prints, block stripes, floral or polka-dots.
You know what? Your casual outfits are quite plain with jeans and basic t-shirt, so retrofitting with outstanding suspenders like printed one is a way to make yourself remarkable.
Besides, for gentlemen, they usually mix jeans with shirts like chambray, denim or plaid when going out. For chambray and denim, you can consider my tips just as a hint to avoid any style faux-pas.
You can wear a chambray shirt with dark blue jeans because the all-blue look is well-received, but to separate the top and bottom of your body, the different shades of blue is the key. Put them on, roll the sleeves up to your elbow and choose the right suspenders that look neutral like leather, solid brown or basically black. With that delicate touch, your all-blue outfits will be much different.
How about the plaid, or flannel? You can come up with a great outfit with faded skinny or slim fit jeans along with a nice pair of hiking boots. To complete your look, however, you should not forget the suspenders. Just put leather or solid brown braces on your torso, then you are ready to go.
One more highlight of suspenders you should know to get a bonus point for your outfits. You can use them to jazz up your plain sweaters instead of hiding them under a coat. No matter solid color or printed pattern, a pair of suspenders will make you hot in cold winter days.
Wearing as gentlemen is not very easy right? I know that my tips are just like a drop in the ocean, but I hope that you can basically imagine what to put on your body. I think that no one can do things successfully at once, so take time to learn. However, I hope that when putting things on your body, try to find pieces that can complement each other.