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reasons to use braces?

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

  1. 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]
     


  2. Kent Wang

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


  3. UrbanAesthetics

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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...
     


  4. 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.
     


  5. 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
     


  6. David Reeves

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    I find them quite comfortable to wear and a little bit more dressed up when I put them on. I think they look pretty good as well.
     


  7. Threadbearer

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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.
    +1 on this, but I'd also add that the decision to wear braces depends mostly on what kind of slacks you wear. If your slacks are cut to ride down near your hips -- like jeans and khakis, for instance -- then braces are not called for. If your slacks are cut to sit at your waist, then braces will keep them in place much more successfully than will a belt.
     


  8. Barnabus

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    I find them quite comfortable to wear and a little bit more dressed up when I put them on. I think they look pretty good as well.

    +1 same here
     


  9. Sanguis Mortuum

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    <fail> Vests and double breasted have nothing to do with the appropriate wear of braces.
    You fail. His point seemed to be that a vest means a belt is inappropriate, therefore making braces a more likely option, though side-adjusters would be an option too.
    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!!!)
    'Braces' is used over here just as much for the tooth-straightening apparatus as in the sartorial context; probably more so considering how few people wear the latter these days. We just aren't as obsessed with having perfect teeth as the shallow image-obsessed Americans. And 'suspenders' are worn by women to hold up their stockings...
     


  10. OxxfordSJLINY

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    You fail. His point seemed to be that a vest means a belt is inappropriate, therefore making braces a more likely option, though side-adjusters would be an option too.



    'Braces' is used over here just as much for the tooth-straightening apparatus as in the sartorial context; probably more so considering how few people wear the latter these days. We just aren't as obsessed with having perfect teeth as the shallow image-obsessed Americans. And 'suspenders' are worn by women to hold up their stockings...


    Don't forget a rear adjuster if the trousers are belt-less and suspender-less self adjusting trousers.
     


  11. Archivist

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    Don't forget a rear adjuster if the trousers are belt-less and suspender-less self adjusting trousers.

    Does the rear adjuster offer any advantage/functional difference form side adjusters, or is it just a different way of doing the same thing?

    And on the original topic, I find that braces work better than belts, and are more comfortable.
     


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    over here 'suspenders' are worn by women to hold up their stockings...


    really? seems like overkill. here in the US women use garter belts for that.
     


  13. Sanguis Mortuum

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    really? seems like overkill. here in the US women use garter belts for that.
    [​IMG] (In the unlikely case that you're not actually joking, over here suspenders and garters are the same thing)
     


  14. phoenixrecon

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    on a side note how can you tell if a pair of braces is well made and who still makes well made braces.
     


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    I like the way braces feel, but not the way they look, so I tend by default to only wear them with DBs or 3 pcs myself.

    Also, I think that "braces" is an entirely acceptable Anglicism for Americans to adopt as it makes a useful distinction from clip-on suspenders.
     


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