How to Choose the Width of Your Suspenders

Whether buying suspenders for yourself or as a gift (suspenders make great presents!) - one of the most common questions we hear is how to choose the right width suspender.  With Father's Day fast approaching, we thought you'd appreciate some pointers on how to choose the perfect width suspender for anyone on your shopping list - your dad, your grandpa, your husband, your child or yourself! Handsome-Men-Looks-with-Suspenders-43 12031_JERRY_TRUCKER_141 12031_JUSTIN_033 When it comes to suspenders, it is important to find a pair that features the right width given how and why they will be worn. But how should you pick the right width for your suspenders? Here are three tips for choosing the right width for your suspenders consistently: 1. Know your options Suspenders are available in a variety of widths, including:
  • Thin – Thin suspenders include ½-inch, 3/4-inch and 1-inch wide.
  • Mid-range – Consists of suspenders between 1.25-inch and 1.5-inch wide.
  • 2-inch wide – Commonly used for casual or work suspenders that are designed for heavy wear and tear.
Groom holding flowers Most basic solid color suspenders (black, navy blue, red, tan, etc.) are available in every available width, which means that you get to choose the exact width that best serves your purposes.  Other suspenders are offered in a smaller range of widths.  This will make your choice easier and give you a hint as to how most people choose to wear that specific suspender. As you look at suspenders, be sure to consider all of the widths at your disposal to find a pair that matches your personal style. 2. Understand their purpose While all suspenders serve the function of keeping your pants from falling down - some suspenders are more fashionable while others are meant for rugged work. For the most part, the primary purpose of thin suspenders - those that are 1-inch wide or less - is to make a stylish fashion statement, while in addition, acting to keep your attire in place.  Thin suspenders are perfect additions to the style conscious person's wardrobe.  They look great with jeans, flirty skirts and other trendy looks. Handsome-Men-Looks-with-Suspenders-22 Handsome-Men-Looks-with-Suspenders-51Mid-range width suspenders are less trendy looking, but still add a polished and unique fashion flair.  They are somewhat more conservative in appearance, and are thus suitable for those who who enjoy wearing suspenders in casual, business-casual, business and dress situations.  In general 1 1/4 inch wide and 1 3/8 inch wide suspenders are slightly more dressy than 1 1/2 inch wide suspenders, and are therefore somewhat more popular for business and dress attire.   1 1/2 inch wide suspenders are perfect for someone who wants to wear the suspenders in both business and casual situations.  This width is extremely versatile and traditional making it a good "all purpose" choice. Handsome-Men-Looks-with-Suspenders-44 Handsome-Men-Looks-with-Suspenders-7Finally, 2 inch wide suspenders are all about function over fashion.  The extra width gives them the ability handle more of a load, and their heavy duty clips ensure that they will withstand greater wear and tear.  2-inch wide suspenders come in a variety of materials including elastic for every day wear (great for your average grandpa!) and non-stretch polypropylene constructed withstand the strains of strenuous labor and heavy tool belts (great for those doing manual labor). 12031_Gene_070 - crop 78030701_47ax-men-papac-alaska-logging3. Be sure to consider who will be wearing the suspenders In many cases, wider suspenders become more comfortable as a person ages because they may better meet their physical needs than thinner varieties.  Additionally, thinner suspenders generally look better on smaller people - making them popular with kids, women and men who are small of build.  A 2-inch wide suspender on a 3 year old child would look overwhelmingly large.  Conversely, a 1/2-inch wide suspender on the big-and-tall man in your life might look superfluous. 12031_CONNIE_012 Handsome-Men-Looks-with-Suspenders-56Ultimately, however, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The same person can look fabulous in different width suspenders depending on their outfit and their mood!  So don't be afraid to experiment with different widths to see what you like - or try buying different widths for different occasions. By doing so, you'll be able to discover suspenders that offer the perfect blend of form and function wherever and whenever they are worn! 12031_CONNIE_103 12031_CONNIE_114 12031_Gene_Ashley_033 GeneArygleCrop Save Save Save Save Save
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