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How to position button-on braces

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cokeaddik, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. cokeaddik

    cokeaddik New Member

    Aug 28, 2006
    I recently purchased a button-on braces with leather Y neck. I am wondering if anyone could advise me how far down do I need to sew the buttons inside the pants on the waistband?. Do I need to worry about how much of the Y neck being visible? I could see in the mirror, a little bit of the 'wide end' of the Y visible at the edge of the waist, do I need to ensure that button wide end part to be concealed? Please advise. Thank you[​IMG]
  2. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

    Jun 7, 2005
    Your tailor should know how to position these buttons. Usually right on the inside of the waistband (not far down at all). I wouldn't worry about what I believe the Y neck to which you refer showing.
  3. j

    j Senior member Admin

    Feb 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Basically, just make sure that when the pants are hanging by the braces, the buttons don't pull up and become visible. I put them low enough that the button slot is just covered by the top of the waistband.

    Also make sure they are positioned properly so that the braces don't want to slide off your shoulders but also don't look too close together.
  4. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

    Mar 31, 2006
    Back in Black
    Side-to-side, I like the outer buttons to just about hit at the width of my hip-bones.

    Top-to-bottom, I think you need to give some consideration to the construction of your waistband. There should be a natural point there. Any lower, and the buttons will simply pull the waistband out of the pants. Any higher, and the buttons will be visible. You want the buttons pretty much in the center, esp. as the waistband is often sewn down at that point and so won't get pulled inside-out by the suspenders.
  5. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

    May 5, 2004
    The inside button needs to be in line with (or preferably just inside of) the crease to ensure that the trousers drape properly.
  6. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Apr 20, 2002
    In Hiding
    The inside button needs to be in line with (or preferably just inside of) the crease to ensure that the trousers drape properly.
    If the trousers are pleated, this button should be exactly above the inner pleat, which amounts to the same thing, since the pleat should lead to the crease.
  7. angus.ross

    angus.ross New Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    what size buttons should they be?


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