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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tie and Suspenders

Why Would a Man Wear a Tie and Suspenders?

“Everything old is new again.” This adage rings true when it comes to the wearing of men's ties and suspenders. In researching the origin of suspenders, Time Magazine reports, “ the first suspenders can be traced to 18th century France, where they were basically strips of ribbon attached to the buttonholes of trousers.” Back in the day, suspenders were worn for practical purposes; to hold a man's pants up without cinching them at the waist with a belt. Ties, on the other hand, according to Time Magazine, originated in the 1600's, when Croatian soldiers wore a cloth around their neck to sop up sweat. It is said that the French soldiers liked this look and began wearing a cloth “tied” to their neck. From there, modern day neckties and bow ties have evolved. Today, wearing both a tie and suspenders together can be either practical or stylish. Wearing them together can offer a very polished and interesting look, whether in or out of the office setting. There is also a fun side to wearing men's accessories. It allows a man the opportunity to express his individuality. It also brings back the nostalgia of days gone by.

With a return to men wearing this attire, it is important to be aware that there is a “proper” way to wear a tie and a “proper” way to wear suspenders at the same time. Much like the way woman traditionally matched their purse with the color of their shoes, men's suspenders and also their ties typically also match the shade of their shoes. Men can wear either a longer necktie or a bow tie for a balanced look when they are wearing suspenders. Since suspenders replace the need for a belt, belts should not be worn with them.

Weddings, proms, or other formal events are also seeing a resurgence in traditional men's wear. When wearing a tuxedo, often time’s men opt for wearing suspenders. Actually, most men's formal pants are made without belt loops, thus suspenders make a logical accessory. Other accessories may include a cummerbund and even a vest, along with a necktie or bow tie.

Whether young or old, short or tall, men are embracing the return of ties and suspenders. Men's fashion has come full circle, from the 1700's to the present day. Men can wear accessories for business, wear them for fun, wear them to express character, or wear them to look stylish. Whatever the reason, an update in men's fashion may be upon us.



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