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Braces Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Superfluous, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Superfluous

    Superfluous Distinguished Member

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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.

    :slayer::slayer:
     


  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Distinguished Member

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


  3. TexasDan

    TexasDan Senior Member

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    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.
     


  4. Saturdays

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    yes your pants should hang by your shoulders...

    :facepalm:


    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.
     
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  5. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Distinguished Member

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    Read some Oscar Wilde.
     


  6. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    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?
     


  7. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Stylish Dinosaur

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


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  9. Geezer

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    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?".
     


  10. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Stylish Dinosaur

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    Seems they get a look regardless, but I admire your fortitude.
     


  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    My first pair of braces arrived yesterday:

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  12. TexasDan

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


  13. gladhands

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


  14. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Charcoal.


    :rolleyes:
     
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  15. FlyingMonkey

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    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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