Know-How: Suspended Substance

SUSPENDED SUBSTANCE. A mid-century fashion essential with a new lease on life, suspenders can still add a preppy note to any outfit and are one of this spring’s must-haves



  • Get Creative with prints and Patterns
    Printed suspenders can work with the combination of one or two-toned shirts. For a more playful look, wear them over a printed shirt.
  • Pick the Right Type of Suspenders
    Remember to choose the right kind of suspenders to get the right look. Wear skinnier suspenders with skinny jeans to get the all-new mod look, or go for pinstripes for a solid power-suit look.
  • Keep an Eye on What Lies Underneath
    Always pay attention on your suspenders, even while they’re hiding behind your blazer.


  • Treat Them Like just Another Vintage Accessory
    Although suspenders have been around since the mid-20th century, they still work quite well with modern styling options. The key lies in understanding both the functional and the aesthetic purposes of this accessory.
  • Avoid Bold Colors
    Color blocking can often hit the right chords. For example: red suspenders on a blue shirt or a blue sweatshirt.
  • Throw on Oversized Waistband Suspenders
    Wearing oversized waistband suspenders just to hold up your pants might end up distorting your body proportion.

Thinner clip-ons can channel a punk-rock sense, while wider styles convey a preppier vibe. Printed suspenders, such as pinstripes, can be topped off with a blue dress-shirt and cufflinks.


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Suspenders by Thomas Pink, shirt, trousers, blazer and bow tie by Ben Sherman, shoes by Tod’s

This one is a flavorful mix of dandy touches and the power-suit look. Wear your favorite suspenders with a bow tie, a button-down shirt, a neo-preppy suit and dressy shoes. Cuffed trousers can also work quite well for this kind of styling.



Suspenders by Thomas Pink, sweater by Dries Van NotenThe Papilion Duo, denim trousers by Ted Baker, shoes by Tod’s

Wear the right suspenders with washed denim pants, a sweatshirt and up-to-date moccasins to get a contemporary stylish look. Or, let the straps hang on the waistband for a more effortless appearance.



Suspenders by Thomas Pink, shirt by Armani Exchange, trousers by Ben Sherman, sunglasses by Tom FordOptik Seis, shoes by Tod’s

With a healthy dose of punk-rock references, these suspenders work well paired with a checkered shirt, skinny jeans and wayfarer sunglasses. Better yet, pick skinny suspenders and add in a pair of boots or Docmarts.