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 when shopping for suspenders. With the holiday season fast approaching, we thought you'd appreciate a suspenders width guide offering up some pointers on how to choose the perfect suspender width 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 As you read this guide, please note that it can also be used for determining width size for men’s formal suspenders for weddings and other special occasions. Keep in mind that while men’s suspender fashion is always popular, girls and women can also wear the same suspender styles to enhance their outfit options. Suspenders are for anyone who loves the look and wants to add more personal expression to an outfit. Now that you know how versatile suspenders are, how should you pick the right width for your suspenders? Here are three tips that can help you consistently choose the right width:
  1. 1. Know your options.Suspenders are available in a variety of widths, including:
  • Thin – Thin suspenders include 1/2-inch, 3/4-inch and one-inch wide
  • Mid-range – Consists of suspenders between 1.25-inch and 1.5-inch wide
  • Two-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 you get to choose the exact width based upon what best serves your purposes. Thin and mid-range suspenders are the widths that are most commonly worn by the largest number of people. The popularity of these styles gives you endless options for creating any type of fashionable outfit you desire. In general, non-basic suspenders are offered in a smaller range of widths. This makes your choice easier and gives you a hint as to how most people choose to wear that specific style of suspender. As you look at suspenders, be sure to consider all of the widths at your disposal to find a pair that matches your outfit needs and personal style. Figuring out what suspender width looks good on you may involve some fun experimentation. You may want to own a pair in several widths just to see how different sizes of the same design can spark different outfit ideas. 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 one-inch wide or less — is to make a stylish fashion statement, with a secondary function of keeping your attire in place. Thin suspenders are perfect additions to the style conscious person's wardrobe, and they look great with jeans, flirty skirts and other trendy looks. Handsome-Men-Looks-with-Suspenders-22 Handsome-Men-Looks-with-Suspenders-51 Mid-range width suspenders are less trendy looking, but still add polish and unique fashion flair to outfits. They are somewhat more conservative in appearance and suitable for those who enjoy wearing suspenders in casual, business-casual, formal business and dress situations. In general, 1 1/4-inch wide and 1 3/8-inch wide suspenders are slightly dressier than 1 1/2-inch wide suspenders, and are therefore, somewhat more popular for business and dress attire. The 1 1/2-inch wide suspenders are perfect for someone who wants to wear 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-7 Finally, two-inch wide suspenders are all about function over fashion. The extra width gives them the ability to handle more of a load, and heavy-duty clips ensure — they are durable enough to withstand greater wear and tear. Two-inch wide suspenders come in a variety of materials. There are elastic styles for everyday wear (great for your average grandpa!), and non-stretch polypropylene styles constructed to 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 an older person’s physical needs than thinner varieties. Additionally, thinner suspenders generally look better on people who have smaller physical profiles. A two-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 awkward. 12031_CONNIE_012 Handsome-Men-Looks-with-Suspenders-56 Ultimately, 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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