Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LA Guy, Aug 13, 2004.
Well, there you are. Â I personally only wear belts.
On the suits which are equipped with buttons, I wear the braces (in fact the one RLPL suit doesn't have belt loops). Otherwise I use a belt.
I personally think braces are more elegant than a belt, though I personally feel I am too young to go with them. Thus, I wear a belt. Oh, and we're talking about suits here, right? Sans suit, braces look awkward.
One caveat, though -- when your jacket is on but unbuttoned, an observer can't really tell you are wearing braces, yet you obviously don't have a belt buckle. Something bugs me about that.
That's why some trousers cover the main button (I am wearing a pair of Sulka trousers that do this today).
What throws the look off for me is the visible button without a cover. With a smooth front that is all cotton or wool, a pair of trousers without belt loops looks just fine. It is when you have belt loops, a visible button and no belt that things - rightly - look a bit funny.
With suits and more "casual" (i.e., sports jackets and unmatched trousers), I wear braces exclusively. Even when I wear jeans or truly casual pants, I never wear belts of any sort, as I very much dislike them. My dressy trousers either a. are made to be worn only with braces (an extension waistband and no loops), or b. if the suit trousers come equipped with belt loops, I have the tailor remove them during alterations. If one is wearing a contemporary slim suit with below-the-hips, flat-front trousers (such as I imagine LA Guy wears, at least on occasion), braces don't really make sense.
I like wearing belts, because I feel braces are for people older than I am. That's just the vibe I get from them. I know that several stylish people even on this board use them, but I won't. Instead, I'll opt for those cool adjustable side-tabs on my trousers for that perfect waist-hugging fit.
i can't imagine jeans with braces. except i think i saw them on hee-haw once... Alias - do you buy trousers with those adjustable tabs already on, or do you have them added? what brand trousers have them? they would be most useful for someone like me who tends to have a large lunch... /andrew
I dunno about adding them on, but I get all my trousers made, so I can ask for details such as side tabs and whatnot. If it is indeed possible to have them added, however, I have several immediate candidates in my closet for side-tabbery.
I go through "phases", and so there are times when I wear braces. However, overall I prefer a belt. I find that belts are less of a hassle then braces.
You know, I wish that I could vote again, because the last category deserves a vote just for creativity of description.
I am, however, strictly a belt person, as I find the stereotypcial Wall Streeter and City Boy look of braces somewhat off-putting. If I did not live in New York and London, I think I would be more receptive to braces, actually. To each his own, though.
I agree with previous messages that suspenders convey a stuffy image. If my girlfriend ever caught me in suspenders, she would never let me hear the end of it. I wear a beautiful alligator belt that has a rich, yet subtle, look.
I am a big fan of braces, especially Thurston braces. Trousers hang perfectly with braces but you need to have the trousers designed to accommodate the braces to work best.
BTW, Slave2Fashion and MarcGrayson39 are the same person- MPD...
Has she the monopole of good taste?
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