Welcome to Jacket’s Required, hello, I’m Dominic Lacquaniti, designer and tailor.
On this week’s episode of Jackets required TV I’m going to help you keep your pants on…
Seriously though, the topic this week is suspenders, or ‘braces’ as the Brits call them.
Did you know that Samuel Clemens, known for his work as the author Mark Twain, patented “Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments,” becoming one of the first to receive a United States patent for suspenders in 1871. After losing popularity during World War I, when men became accustomed to uniform belts, suspenders were still regular attire throughout the 1920s. They are still regular-wear in the U.K. but they have come in and out of popularity in other parts of the world.
Suspenders can be made of fabric or leather. The straps can either be entirely elastic or just elastic at the ends where it attaches. They form an X or a Y in the back and that really is a personal choice more than a style statement.
Daniel Craig wore them as 007 so it’s safe to say there is something timeless about donning a pair of suspenders.
They can look goofy like Robin Williams did in the popular TV program, Mork from Ork,
Or they can look high-end posh like the character Niles in the sitcom Frasier Crane.
They are quite simply a great way, and an alternate way, to keep your pants up. So if you are not a fan of the standard, gut-wrenching belt –
I suggest you give suspenders a try.
Pair them with a nice bow tie and toss your jacket over your shoulder then look out GQ!
Bottom line – Rock your own style, always.
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