The Mens Braces Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jorgeezy, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Jorgeezy

    Jorgeezy Senior member

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    This post has evolved into a location for general discussion and Q&A about braces, so let's embrace it! [​IMG]



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    "What's your opinion on them?

    Being 18 and at College where there is no uniform (A levels in UK, not US "College") I am sort of pressured into wearing my swag clothes.

    Soon enough, I will be wearing suits all day everyday <3 (I'm talking suitjamas bro srsly)

    That being said, I have always find them quite charming and considering buying a pair just to try them out, where would you suggest? (I don't think I could afford Hermes being a student and all, but feel free to throw it in)

    Edit: I don't know if anyone watches Boardwalk Empire, but Jimmy looked awesome, no homo."
     
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    go for it. just leave the belt at home.....
     
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    I'm a recent convert., When I started having to wear suits 2-3 times a week regularly, I took a chance and had a suit made with the brace buttons on the trousers. The first wear was a revelation, so comfortable, and the pants drape much better. I intend to have all future suits made with side tabs/brace buttons if possible. Never used the clip ones though.
     
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    jc4jax Well-Known Member

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    If you plan on using your braces often, silk braces wear out/fray faster than box cloth braces.
    Many prefer Thurston's (U.K) over Trafalgar (U.S),but either one is top quality, my two cents.
     
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    johnvw Senior member

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    If affordability is a significant factor for you, you may want to check out www.beltoutlet.com. People familiar with the braces available from Thurston probably don't think these compare with them, but the ones from Belt Outlet are good quality and inexpensive. (I own some.)
     
  7. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    Go for braces, It prevents the trouser sticks to your thigh during the hot summer

    I brought a few cheap ones in TM Lewin, few from T & A, any of them work

    Just ensure all trouser had buttons sewn in and no clip ons
     
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    I don't know if the UK will be the same as US, but while you're looking for deals on the high end stuff, you can probably find some quite servicable braces in local thrifts. The real point now is to establish the habit (and reputation) of wearing them. I personally consider wearing braces to be one of the best reasons to wear a suit - so much more comfortable than a belt. People will comment the first 2 times they actually notice you wearing them. After that, it is just part of who you are, so wear what you can get affordably now and upgrade them as you have money, opportunity and desire.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies and info guys!

    I'll check if any of my current havevthe side buttons and I am amazed I didn't even consider they would be nicer than belts which I kinda hate :')

    Maybe i'll check the marketplace here for Thurston ;)
     
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    yep, those are the correct ones

    ideally you would also want to wear trousers without beltloops, and a 3-piece suit :nodding:
     
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  12. Jorgeezy

    Jorgeezy Senior member

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    Looks like I am going to have to get new trousers (or perhaps a 3-piece)... an expensive game this is!

    Will probably check on here for some Thurston's every now and then :D
     
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    +1000
     
  14. Patrologia

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    Indeed, both points are true.

    I'm not sure about others, but I don't see much point in changing braces very often (and I am always afraid too much fiddling is going to ruin the leather). I generally install a pair into a pair of trousers and leave that pair with that suit indefinitely. Last time I bothered changing from one pair to another was wearing my fun Christmas braces just before Christmas. This has the effect (both a benefit and a problem) of meaning that you only need the same number of braces as you have suits. I guess I actually have to change braces a little more often just to get them all in the game. (Or maybe I should just buy more suits!:slayer:)
     
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    I gather that the OP is English?

    If so, based on what I have observed over the years, I suggest that his first pair of braces be the type that go on the teeth.
     

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