The Mens Braces Thread

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

  1. Macallan

    Macallan Senior member

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    TM Lewin £24 - made by Albert Thurston (although leather quality not as nice as the AT range)
     


  2. Jorgeezy

    Jorgeezy Senior member

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    Nice one I'll check it out!
     


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    On the contrary, simply a satisfied customer.
     


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    Yeah my loops had one end tucked underneath the waistband.
     


  5. jonuiuc

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    Wait there's a rule they shouldn't be seen? I take my jacket off all the time. Couple of the older folks at work always tell me to show those suspenders off anyway. Those fellas are all a mile above my pay grade. Might be a cultural thing though, they all dress alarmingly similar to Delroy Lindo's character in Chicago Code (). I sorta like seeing em, used to it I guess.
     


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    Thanks for the lesson, I hadn't tried to remove that kind before, but now that I look at some, yes it would be well worth $20 for that.

    And people say I'm wasting time on the Internet! Look at all I learn.
     


  7. TimelesStyle

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    I'd only do that if I had enough material leftover from some kind of alteration/having the suit made to have side tabs made as well. I just think that makes things more versatile (I sometimes wear a suit w/o a tie and wouldn't do so with braces; or imagine traveling light and accidentally breaking the one pair of braces you brought with...).
     


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    This is the problem I found with my T.M. Lewin suits, and I must admit to being lazy and leaving the loops on. Again, if you keep you jacket on or wear a waistcoat, it doesn't matter overmuch.

    I'm aware that cuts differ between trousers made for braces and those made for belts, but I have had buttons sewn into a number of pairs of the latter and it seems to work, so I would suggest to the OP that he need not go out and buy a new wardrobe just yet!

    eBay can be a good source of secondhand and vintage braces; although Thurstons and the like turn up quite seldom, they can be quite cheap (£10 or less for two pairs is my best score, £12.50 despatched) and, as has been said before, charity shops and vintage clothing stores can be a good source. If you want to try the experience without spending too much initially, one of my favourite pairs were ex-army, 1940s vintage, which I got for £4 and used more or less daily whilst I was at university until they wore out a good few years later.

    Consider Thurston's barathea braces too; they are comparable in price to the boxcloth, lighter in weight and just as hardwearing.
     


  9. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    It is not good to show braces to the world (save in certain financial markets where red braces were de rigeur). The modern open plan heated/air conditioned office has really killed the wearing of braces for so many although they remain the ideal way in which to wear trousers.
     


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    I've never understood this rule either. What is the point in buying fun braces (suspenders) if they are not supposed to be seen? If this is really a rule, shouldn't they all just come in tan or black or some other boring color?
     


  11. TexasDan

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    ^^ I agree. I have started wearing braces again with regularity and remove my jacket when I get to my office. I think wearing my jacket all day in the office would make me stand out more than wearing braces.
     


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    A lot of dressing well involves doing something for your own pleasure and amusement.

    Anything that smacks of trying to show off was considered vulgar
     


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    I actually prefer my BB braces to my Thurstons, but I may purchase more from Thurston anyway just because they also do custom work. The yoke is so high on my Thurston braces that it's almost between my shoulder blades; therefore, it shows up as a bump in my suit coat. The yokes on my BB braces are low enough that they are hidden in the small of my back. Much preferred.
     


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    I believe that in generations past suspenders were considered part of a gentleman's underclothing and thus he never exposed them, especially to ladies, except the one he was intending to sleep with. Today that view might be a tad dated, though given some of the wonderfully scandalous patterned suspenders I've seen lately, leaving the coat on at work might be the politic choice.[​IMG]
     


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    But in such times past, weren't most, if not all, of a "gentleman's" suits three-piece? In that case, even removing one's jacket wouldn't expose such "unmentionables" as braces, nor would pushing aside one's jacket to fetch something from a trouser pocket (which I can only imagine equivalent to today's women bending over and giving the thong shot).
     


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