BRACES (SUSPENDERS)

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by LuckyLighter, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. ChrisT

    ChrisT One of the Regulars

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    I also like this kind of 'runner end'
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  2. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Me too. Bought another pair like this on the fleamarket last week. Do you know if this is an continental european thing? A friend asked on facebook because he never finds them.
     
  3. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Exactly. I wouldn't pay it any mind. TBH, I don't think there ever was a particularly "formal" variety of braces; indeed, in any actually formal situation, they should never be seen, so to have a "formal" variety would seem somewhat pointless, like formal men's underwear. If you want some thing that appears a bit more relaxed, I suppose something of a more utilitarian construction, like biker braces, might do the job. In terms of comfort, I can't honestly say I've never noticed any difference between (or, indeed, any discomfort with) different types of braces, but then I'm rarely in a car at all, let alone driving one.
     
  4. herringbonekid

    herringbonekid I'll Lock Up

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  5. ChrisT

    ChrisT One of the Regulars

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    I don't know, but I find them in Germany.
    Here are some other models from France

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  6. herringbonekid

    herringbonekid I'll Lock Up

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    braces by CH Guyot, circa late teens-early 20s. the ends are elastic, the straps are non-elastic:

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    here's a 1907 ad:

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    the style seems to have remained pretty much unchanged from 1900 - early 1920s so dating them accurately is tricky.
     
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  7. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  8. BR Gordon

    BR Gordon One Too Many

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    I was watching a PBS series last night that had a gentleman wearing Y back braces, that had a length adjuster on the single leg of the Y. Has anyone seen these before? They were modern, not vintage braces.
     
  9. Sir RBH

    Sir RBH A-List Customer

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    Lovely braces.... maybe I should start stocking this colour too!!
     
  10. Retro Spectator

    Retro Spectator Practically Family

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    I'm not sure if we are supposed to post questions in here, but I have a question related to suspenders. Back in the 1930's/1940's, did they make clip-on suspenders? I have read that clip-on suspenders were invented in the late 1800's, but I have yet to see vintage suspenders with clips.
     
  11. ChrisT

    ChrisT One of the Regulars

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    no idea Retro Spectator, but it's a good question
     
  12. DAJE

    DAJE One of the Regulars

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    Somewhere on the Lounge, possibly in this very thread, someone posted 1920s/1930s magazine ads that included clip-on braces.
     
  13. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    Here are some from the late '30s. They go back further than that.

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  14. ChrisT

    ChrisT One of the Regulars

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    thank you Dinerman
     
  15. Nyah

    Nyah One of the Regulars

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    How do you search for non-runner-end suspenders? Nearly everything I find happen to be runner-end. The one current production suspender I can find that has the ends I'm looking for, Welch brand, gets bad reviews on Amazon.
     
  16. BR Gordon

    BR Gordon One Too Many

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  17. DAJE

    DAJE One of the Regulars

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    I've seen "runner end" used to describe any braces that aren't clip-ons, more often than I've seen it used to mean specifically runner-ended braces.

    Anyhoo, British Braces sells some of those Sophos Braces a LOT cheaper than Fogey:

    http://www.britishbraces.co.uk/shop/runner-end-braces/runner-end-trouser-536a0b85464f6.html
    http://www.britishbraces.co.uk/shop/runner-end-braces/runner-end-trouser-536a0b8554f56.html

    Their helpfully named "Runner end braces" section lists many non-runner end braces:
    http://www.britishbraces.co.uk/shop/runner-end-braces
     
  18. Retro Spectator

    Retro Spectator Practically Family

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    This question may very well be stupid, but are you supposed to match suspenders to your shoes like a belt? I currently wear a pair of khaki/brown suspenders, and I wear brown/bugundy shoes, and khaki/brown slacks. However, since there are thousands of black and white spectator shoes on the market, and sadly only a few brown and white spectator shoes on the market, I was wondering if I needed a new pair of suspenders to wear with black shoes. If I did, I would probably just stick to brown shoes, as I don't think black really matches much of the rest of my outfits.
     
  19. Boinciel

    Boinciel New in Town

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    Suspenders can be any colour you like (although I do have reservations about black suspenders with an outfit where everything else is lighter). I have some suspenders with blue-coloured, with grey-coloured, and with yellow-coloured leather fittings, and I certainly don't have any blue or yellow shoes to wear them with.
     
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  20. Warlord of The Weejuns

    Warlord of The Weejuns New in Town

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    I try to match the leather attachment ears to my shoes, which is only a problem when I wear burgundy shoes. I don't wear patterned suspenders with a patterned shirt and I do try to coordinate the colors. Of course if I am not taking my jacket off it doesn't matter as much.
     

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