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brace yourself.

Braces have been around for a long long time. Initially they were used when a belt just couldn't cut it and reinforcements needed to be brought in. When you reach a certain age and gravity hits, if you're not ready for it, your body is gonna start hanging in places you never thought possible. For this reason, man created braces and suspenders (the cheaper cousin of braces).

Unlike the awkward orthondtal treatment for your grill, braces can really add to your look. Although they can be worn with both casual and formal outfits, please be aware they don't go with everything. Don't make the Hot Topic mistake and just throw on a cheap pair of clip-on suspenders with your band tee and yellow skinny jeans. Trust me, that look doesn't work for anyone.

Like having good sock game, being able to rock a pair of braces under a coat or suit is something you don't always do just so that other people will see it. If fashion was just to impress other people we'd be wasting outr time. First and foremost you do it for you. To be honest, half the time people will never even see your socks or braces. It's one of those things you do because sometimes it's just the right thing to do.


There are a few things you should know if you're going to attempt wearing braces or suspenders. First of all, there is a difference between the two: while suspenders clip onto the waistband with a metal or plastic clasp, braces have leather button holes that attach to buttons along the inside of the waistband. This means that if you want to wear braces, you either have to buy the right pair of trousers, or spend $5 to have a seamstress add some to what you have. 

Also keep in mind you get what you pay for. If you spend $6 at a swap meet for metal clasped suspenders, you can be sure they're going to break after a few uses. Braces and suspenders come in all kinds of materials, designs, and quality. If you're going to buy some, make sure you're not spending money on garbage.

Lastly, remember you can EITHER wear braces OR a belt, NEVER both at the same time. After all, how can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants.

- James