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reasons to use braces?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stanwelks, May 11, 2011.

  1. stanwelks

    stanwelks Well-Known Member

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    I am not planning to wear braces because my trousers seem to fit fine. Should they be worn anyways? Are there other reasons to wear them?

    Thanks.
     
  2. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    People wear them to keep their trousers up. Some people wear fancy colours and what not, using them as a fashion statement, but their primary function is to keep your trousers up.
     
  3. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    When wearing a DB coat or a vest it is appropriate to wear braces. Belts are traditionally inappropriate in those situations. You may wear them with SB jackets and suits as fashion statements, but belts are acceptable.
     
  4. Silent Speaker

    Silent Speaker Well-Known Member

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    A reason to wear them is if you are 'teh fat'.

    I mean stretching the boundaries of 'quite large' to full scale 'jolly fat man' teh fat.
    I remember my old physics teacher at school having to wear them, easier than finding a belt for such a circumference I suppose.

    Since I am now just lazing about until fortune comes my way I too am striking fatness - braces are far more comfortable, especially if your old belts are too tight.

    Braces are far more comfy for the gravitationally challenged - far more comfy - I'd imagine that they'd be better for everyone really, you don't have a tight band around your waist, constricting circulation when you sit... although that could be just me in my current state - god I need exercise.
     
  5. LanceW

    LanceW Senior member

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    Braces allow trousers to be worn at the proper waist and hang from the shoulders which allow better lines. I would be surprised to see belt worn trousers fit as perfectly as brace worn trousers.
     
  6. stanwelks

    stanwelks Well-Known Member

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    Should I wear them even if the trousers fit ok to make sure they stay at the proper waist?
     
  7. Geoff Gander

    Geoff Gander Senior member

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    Braces are cooler in the summer, because the air circulates under your trousers a little better.
     
  8. lenahan

    lenahan Senior member

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    Comfort: try wearing a pair of trousers comfortably at the natural waist with a belt, cinched tightly so that the pants do not move about.
    Appearance: a belt brakes up an outfit, which if one is going for the illusion of height is ruined.
    Color: the opportunity to experiment with colourful braces is far more enjoyable than with brown, black or other leathers.
    Efficiency: In many ways, braces act as a very efficient simple maching for the holding up of trousers.
    Longevity: assuming one does not wear the same pair every day, a collection of braces will last for a considerable amount of time, far more so than a belt will, for the pressure of a buckle will create an unsightly impression.

    However, if one's trousers are too large, then braces or a belt will not be enough, and ones trousers would sag under their own weight.
     
  9. surfjones

    surfjones New Member

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    I have been wearing braces almost exclusively for several years. Mainly it is a comfort issue for me ... I find that if I wear a belt tight enough to really hold up my pants, when I sit down there is no give in the leather and it feels tight. Also, no matter how I wear a belt I find it inevitable that I'll have to hike up my pants several times a day while walking around.

    The braces let me wear my pants considerably looser around the waist, keep the pants up without the need for adjustment, and also allow me to carry things in my pockets like a cell phone or wallet without them pulling my pants down.

    If you can get over the stigma of wearing them, I highly recommend them.
     
  10. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I find braces make my shirt not lay very well. Anyone have this problem?
     
  11. Wolfador

    Wolfador Senior member

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    I find braces make my shirt not lay very well. Anyone have this problem?

    when I wear braces with shirts with a box pleat it makes the back right between the braces poof up. I have since switched my shirts to dart pleats and I don't have that problem.
     
  12. pvrhye

    pvrhye Senior member

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    I find braces make my shirt not lay very well. Anyone have this problem?

    I get the opposite. If I'm floating my trousers a bit, the shirt tails never try to ride up out of my pants.
     
  13. jimp

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    I prefer the "cleaner" look you get by wearing a belt, but find that braces are more comfortable.
     
  14. juuceman

    juuceman Senior member

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    When wearing a DB coat or a vest it is appropriate to wear braces. Belts are traditionally inappropriate in those situations. You may wear them with SB jackets and suits as fashion statements, but belts are acceptable.

    <fail>

    Vests and double breasted have nothing to do with the appropriate wear of braces.
     
  15. howbah

    howbah Senior member

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    here in the USA, braces are used to straighten children's teeth.

    weird fact: In the UK, people use the word "braces" when they mean "suspenders"!

    (they don't ever use "braces" in our sense of the word, as any photo of a British person will confirm!!!)
     
  16. JDMills

    JDMills Senior member

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    Honestly they are so much more comfortable than belts, with a belt I'm always adjusting my pants and pulling them up. I also get tons of compliments on them so that helps [​IMG]
     
  17. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I find the front of the shirt doesn't lay well.
     
  18. UrbanAesthetics

    UrbanAesthetics Senior member

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    I love my braces. I think it's really about comfort and desire to differentiate yourself from everyone else that motivates me and many other guys to wear them. Although they can be a pain in the ass, Braces are a historic and stylish accessory that's 1,000 times better than clip-on Suspenders...
     
  19. Azzurri

    Azzurri Well-Known Member

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    I find the front of the shirt doesn't lay well.

    Same here. I have problems getting to tuck my shirt in neatly at the back as well.
     
  20. Maccimus

    Maccimus Senior member

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    I get the opposite. If I'm floating my trousers a bit, the shirt tails never try to ride up out of my pants.
    this
     

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