BRACES (SUSPENDERS)

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

  1. Bruce Wayne

    Bruce Wayne My Mail is Forwarded Here

    These are my Albert Thurston barathea braces. The top image is purple, navy & wine stripe & Antarctica & the bottom is Olympic stripe & purple. The bottom image is more accurate for the purple colour.

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  2. DAJE

    DAJE One of the Regulars

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    Bundeswehr (German Army) braces

    The first set are an unsatisfactory design; the one-piece leather button-straps on the front simply don't sit well and look/feel awkward and uncomfortable.
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    The second set are a much better design; the one-peice back leather part is shaped better and the two-peice front button-straps work well.
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    Naturally the inferior version seems to be more common, and finding a military surplus seller that's willing and able to differentiate between designs for a low-cost item like these is not easy. So, it's a gamble.

    These are best for high-backed trousers, on lower-backed ones the angle of the straps means they sit a bit too widely on your shoulders.
     
  3. The Good

    The Good Call Me a Cab

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    I want to know something about braces, are they normally one-size-fits-all, or specifically sized? What are good prices to buy them for, on a site like eBay? I may consider taking up braces at some point, if not now, later.
     
  4. MikeBravo

    MikeBravo One Too Many

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    I note that the strap on the left is not original. Could this be throwing the whole thing off?
     
  5. Shangas

    Shangas I'll Lock Up

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    Definitely NOT one size fits all. You have to be careful with what size braces you buy. If you buy the wrong size, even at their shortest/longest contraction/extension, they'll still be too big/small for you.

    The braces I buy are always secondhand and cheap, so I've never paid more than about $10 for mine, but there are brand new braces which do cost a fair bit.
     
  6. The Good

    The Good Call Me a Cab

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    Thank you. I have always bought vintage clothing from eBay, and now I know more of what to expect.
     
  7. DAJE

    DAJE One of the Regulars

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    With new braces, the more expensive/upmarket ones often come in sizes, the cheaper ones usually don't. However, as noted upthread, a lot depends on your trousers. High-back/high-waist trousers work better with shorter braces.

    You can measure yourself with a tape-measure; hold one end on the front of your trousers where your braces buttons are (or should be) and the other end over your shoulder and down to the top of your rear waistband. That'll get you a ballpark figure. You want some extra length for wriggle room, of course. Unless you're very tall or very wide, most decent braces should fit. The cheapest ones are often quite short, though, and beware of unmarked child-sized braces in the vintage market. Ask the seller to measure if you're suspicious.
     
  8. DAJE

    DAJE One of the Regulars

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    The replacement is the same design as the originals, it's just a bad design.
     
  9. esteban68

    esteban68 Call Me a Cab

    WW2 pattern? British braces dated 1956;[​IMG]
    fantastic quality item( ineed of a wash!)
     
  10. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

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    nice and simple
     
  11. Eddie Derbyshire

    Eddie Derbyshire Practically Family

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    They're very nice. I've got about half-a-dozen pairs of these. Got them from the local army surplus in varying conditions, some unworn, and I wear them very often. I think they're far superior to commercial braces - the elastic is just right. Not too rigid, not too loose. I've noticed they get used a lot on films/tv too.
     
  12. esteban68

    esteban68 Call Me a Cab

    They do Eddie, I've quite a few pairs of the later versions with rear elastic but these are the first I've had in this pattern where there is no rear elastic and the straps attach directly to the rear leather yoke piece.
     
  13. Eddie Derbyshire

    Eddie Derbyshire Practically Family

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    Ah yes of course I hadn't noticed that detail. In that case I have half-a-dozen pairs very similar to those!
     
  14. STEVIEBOY1

    STEVIEBOY1 Practically Family

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    I have just started to wear braces and I really like them, they do look and feel very good indeed, especially when I am wearing my fedora too.
     
  15. Sir RBH

    Sir RBH A-List Customer

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    I wear Braces every day.. All my suits have buttons for braces.. I simply can not stand to wear a suit without braces
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  16. ChrisT

    ChrisT One of the Regulars

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    These are very high in the back. A good thing for dancers.
     
  17. Dreamofgilgamesh

    Dreamofgilgamesh A-List Customer

    I adore the tweed 3 piece, it looks marvelous, especially complimented by the cap and pipe.
     
  18. Sir RBH

    Sir RBH A-List Customer

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    Certainly my favourite look!! DSCF2596s.JPG DSCF2596s.JPG
     
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  19. BootsNBraces

    BootsNBraces New in Town

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    Ah, I love it. A look which just fits in perfectly with the eccentricity of the British Chap!
     
  20. Bruce Wayne

    Bruce Wayne My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Gentlemen, the leather tab at the back of my Albert Thurston ribbon braces broke. I took the to a local leather shop to have a new one made. He's had them a month & hasn't touched them. Everytime I call he says maybe next week. Does anyone care to make me a new one & I'll gladly pay you back?

    Thanx!
    Charlie
     

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