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post #1 of 22
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Having recently purchased some braces, I began wearing them in sport coats since most of my pants are Polo RL and have existing buttons for braces.

Wearing braces is pretty great. It allows you to wear a range of pant sizes at the desired height without securing it to your waist with a tight belt. Because of all that, it lets the pants drape smoothly.

I probably wouldn't wear them without a sport coat/suit though as they aren't meant to be seen. Otherwise, no one even knows you're wearing any.

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post #2 of 22
Clothes should hang from the shoulder, not from the waist.
post #3 of 22
I have started wearing them again after a long period of belt only. I forgot how much more comfortable they are than belts. I do remove my jacket at the office so everyone can see them, but I don't care.
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post

Clothes should hang from the shoulder, not from the waist.

yes your pants should hang by your shoulders...

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but really, i love the feeling too of wearing braces.. i need to widen my collection a bit, but then again i don't have a need for them and they will simply be for a certain 'look' if ever anything else.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Saturdays View Post


yes your pants should hang by your shoulders...

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Read some Oscar Wilde.
post #6 of 22
I am going to start wearing them. I read Albert Thurston are great, but I don't know what to look for really. How wide should they be? What kind of materials should I be looking for? Also, is it ok to wear braces with white leather fasteners, or should that only be reserved for formal wear?
post #7 of 22
I feel as white are formal only. I stick to silk with brown or black leather tabs.
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post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

I feel as white are formal only. I stick to silk with brown or black leather tabs.

I wear braces on almost all my suits.

I have some white-ended Thurstons in bright French blue felt that I can't categorise as formal, and so wear with suits.

And I rather like wearing white, white-ended, evening dress braces with a white shirt under a suit. I like the way it subverts the 1980s "look at my braces" thing.

On which note I was accused last week - marooon braces - of dressing like "some 80s bond dealer"; my reply "and your problem with that is what exactly?".
post #10 of 22
Seems they get a look regardless, but I admire your fortitude.
post #11 of 22
My first pair of braces arrived yesterday:

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post #12 of 22
Patrick - What color are they? I recently received my first pair of Thurston braces. I am very impressed with the quality.
post #13 of 22
I have nothing to add other than the fact that it's horribly pretentious for an American to call them "braces".
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by TexasDan View Post

Patrick - What color are they? I recently received my first pair of Thurston braces. I am very impressed with the quality.

Charcoal.
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Originally Posted by gladhands View Post

I have nothing to add other than the fact that it's horribly pretentious for an American to call them "braces".

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post #15 of 22

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Originally Posted by gladhands View Post

I have nothing to add other than the fact that it's horribly pretentious for an American to call them "braces".


What would you call them then?

 

I have several pairs, and several pairs of trousers that are specifically designed for braces (although they can take belts too): moleskins and Harris Tweed in this design from Old Town.

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