Suspenders are all the rage right now. Whether you’re wanting a more vintage feel for your wedding or just something a bit daring, a coloured suspender can get you there!
Wear them under a suit jacket or on their own.
When wearing under a suit you have a few options, 1) match the colour of suspenders to the suit or shirt colour for a subtle look or 2) wear a contrasting colour to the suit for a more daring look. If wearing alone, make sure you wear a plain shirt to give that extra pop to the suspenders. Make sure the colour matches your wedding. It can be anything from the decor to the brides’ shoes or bouquet.
Clips or Buttons
Clip-on suspenders attach to the trouser with, you guessed it, clips! They are the most versatile of the two options and create a slightly more casual look. Start by clipping the suspenders in the middle-back waistband, pull them over your shoulders towards the front and attach to the front waistband.
Button-on requires your trousers to have six hidden buttons in the waistband. If you’re wanting a more formal look, go with this style. Attaching them to your trouser is the same as the clip-on’s, except the loops of the suspenders will go over the buttons in the waistband. If your trousers do not come with buttons already attached, fear not, you or your tailor can add them.
Suspenders come in a wide range of widths, a slight change in the measurement can create a dramatic change in your overall look. A good guide to stick with is the skinner the width, the more casual the look whereas the wider the width, the more classic and formal it looks.
.75″ – The skinniest version. It comes across as casual and trendy.
1″ – The most versatile version. You can go casual or dressy with this look.
1.25″ – The modern version. Known for creating a classy and on-trend look when worn.
1.5″ – The traditional. This look makes people think of class, money, and power.
Y-Back or X-Back
To determine which one is which just take a look at where they connect in the back. If it creates an ‘X’ across the whole back, then it’s the X-back. If instead, it connects halfway and finishes in the single line down the back, then it is a Y-back. The X-back connects with two clips vs the Y-back which connects with one strap. The Y-backs are considered more on-trend and up to date.