As you know here at Ottavio we have the belts and suspenders. We give the ‘How to’s’ surrounding suspenders.
1. Buttons or Clips?
Suspenders should be fastened with buttons. Period. End of discussion.
2. Don’t Wear Suspenders with a Belt
Suspenders are a method for keeping your pants up. A belt is anothermethod for keeping your pants up. Don’t ever wear suspenders with a belt.
3. Are Belt Loops Okay?
Hardliners will tell you that if you’re wearing suspenders on a pair of pants with belt loops that you’re not all-in.
There’s nothing wrong with wearing suspenders on pants with belt loops – it looks cleaner, more sophisticated and more committed if you forego the belt loops for side tabs.
4. Proper Adjustment
Suspenders used to come in different sizes/lengths. Now they have adjusters. When dialing in the right length, there’s a balance point between being too loose and too tight – the latter can lead to an uncomfortable tightening of the pants between the buttocks. Ahem.
5. Mind the Waist Size
Suspenders are best on pants that have a little room in the waist. If your pants are tight – or perfectly fitted to your waist – you don’t need suspenders. Unless, of course, you’re looking to add an unnecessary fashion accessory to your look.
Bookending this post with another “line in the sand” item. When it comes to formalwear, suspenders are de rigueur. A belt with formal attire is a non-starter.