What’s the Difference Between Braces and Suspenders?

Getting to the bottom of the difference between suspenders and braces

Is there an actual difference between braces and suspenders? Aren’t they the same thing, after all? The answer is actually sometimes, but not always. Let’s break it down.

Braces. If you call suspenders braces, you are either British or a sartorially-inclined gentleman. Braces is the term the Brits use for the accessory, after all. Purists will also tell you that braces use leather or cloth straps to attach them to buttons sewn on the inside of the trouser waist.

Suspenders. Suspenders, on the other hand, can be fastened with metal clips. For some, this is the distinction between the two. This is mostly an American term as the Brits use it to describe what we’d call in the US, a garter belt to hold up hosiery.

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Conclusion. As you can see, there is a clear difference between braces and suspenders. It is our opinion here at HSS that only braces should be worn as clip-on suspenders allude to the waify punk rocker and hipster set. Not quite the picture of classic sartorial sophistication, though certainly a bold style choice.

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