Advanced Dressing For Men: The Trend of Suspenders
Since the olden days, men needed to keep their trousers and pants up, and suspenders provided this. The suspenders were attached to trousers using buttonholes since they were made of ribbon strips. In these olden days, they were only worn as an undergarment so as not to be indecent.
The modern day suspenders that brace was introduced in the nineteenth century. They were manufactured and designed by Albert Thurston. Leather loops were used to attach the braces. There is a range of various suspenders that have been designed. However the categorization of these belts is dependent on two things; according to the shape formed at the back and the method of attachment. The oldest design by shape formed at the back was the H-suspenders where braces joined to form what the letter H at the back. Later designs crossed to form the letter X and the most recent were Y-shaped. The second type of categorization was dependent according to their attachment to the trousers and the earliest designs were attached using buttons. Later, leather loops were used to make an attachment to the trousers using buttonholes and finally, suspenders were attached to trousers by use of metal clasps.
Moreover, the kind of materials used have also evolved over the years. The manufacturers have been able to use different kinds of materials over time, they began with ribbons and later to woven wool. Box cloth is another name that is used to refer to the woven wool The different kinds of materials did not matter because all the suspenders served one main purpose of holding the trouser up. The men back then did not wear belts because high waist trousers were the fashion statement. Braces were more appropriate to be used back then because the trousers that men wore were so high.
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There are famous and influential people who cannot be left out when talking about the history of suspenders. It is such people as those that will be discussed below that spearheaded the design and manufacturing of the braces. These earlier designs have only undergone a little changes since their introduction into the clothing industry. One such figure is Albert Thurton who is considered to be the father of the braces because he was the first to design and manufacture them. The H-Shaped suspender was first introduced to be worn by men in the fire department by Benjamin Franklin. Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, received a patent for Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments in 1871.
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Other famous people such as the actors also used these suspenders as their fashion statements while acting. In the mid-twentieth century, the Britain’s young working class men wore suspenders as a fashion trend – even on the tightest jeans that did not need support. Since the braces also provided a unisex appeal; working class women also adopted them. In most recent times, some best iconic figure who brought out the suspenders’ Fashionist Larry King, the veteran television broadcaster.