A Guide to Suspender Fabrics

When it comes to the construction of suspenders, elastic suspenders are considered the most versatile and inexpensive. However, there are many different types of suspender fabrics - from rough and ready polypropylene or leather to fine and fancy grosgrain, jacquard or silk.  What suspender material you choose will depend on your apparel, personal sense of style and the occasion. SuspenderStore has been supplying men and women the finest suspenders in a variety of fabrics and styles since 1999. Versatile Elastic With elastic suspenders, you have more leeway in fit because of the stretch. Choose solids, patterns - either subtle or bold - or specialty finishes such as glitter, jacquard or french satin suspenders. While the most popular elastic suspenders have metal clips, they’re also available in button suspender styles with leather patches and accents. British-made Barathea suspenders are the luxury style of elastic suspenders with high-quality nickel or brass hardware and goatskin leather accents. These braces are custom-made by Albert Thurston for SuspenderStore. Hard-working Polypropylene Polypropylene is a material that’s sturdy for heavy-duty jobs. Because this material doesn’t stretch, elastic below the X in back allows for flexibility. Extra-sturdy alligator clips will hold up your pants, even with heavy tool belts strapped on. At SuspenderStore, this American-made style of suspenders is available in regular and big and tall sizes. Grosgrain and Oxford Classics Grosgrain (or ribbon) suspenders are made with a tightly woven material with narrow ribbing. They’re a traditional choice for business and business-casual apparel. Oxford cloth suspenders are made of a durable cotton or cotton blend similar to what you’ll find in premium dress shirts. This style has a distinctive basket weave pattern. This is another classic suspender fabric that pairs with business or sporty attire. Choose metal clip or button suspenders with leather accents. Jacquard Traditions The classic tone-on-tone look of jacquard suspenders is created with a non-stretch woven fabric that incorporates a touch of elastic in SuspenderStore styles to provide flexibility. The patterns are incorporated into the weave versus being applied with dyes, which creates a distinctive appearance. Jacquard suspenders are a popular choice for boardroom and formal wear with clips or button attachments. Genuine Leather Hand-tooled leather suspenders are another versatile choice for business or a day at the ranch. Braided leather and smooth styles are favorites for office wear. Or, choose Western-style leather suspenders, which are still called galluses in the Western United States, with Old West metal accents and distinctive stitching in leather, fine cowhide or even horsehair on leather. Silk Luxury Silk is the luxury fabric of suspenders in solids or patterns for the executive suite or formal occasion. The smooth, silky texture creates an elegant look at weddings and other dressy affairs. Paisley and herringbone are classic silk suspender patterns. At SuspenderStore, you can also browse Trafalgar Limited Edition hand-woven silk suspenders. Only limited quantities of each design is available, which is why each set of suspenders arrives boxed with an official collector’s card.
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