Braces should be placed symmetrically, unless someone has an uneven body.
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So it is Leicester which is now the home of the splendid braces which support many of the most important trousers throughout the world. Often the braces will bear the name of the retail outfitter, but they will have been made by Albert Thurston Limited.
I thought they were made of felt. But I was wrong. Richard Kew, the current managing director of Albert Thurston Limited, put me right. The material is box cloth — so named because it was used for the great coats of those who travelled sitting on the boxes on top of mail coaches.
It is thick woollen material, shrunk to half its size — to increase both its tightness and its resistance to fraying when cut. You might also have encountered it as the covering of your billiards table. I wear only red braces. But, if your preference is for the discreet, they are also supplied in shades of blue, purple and pink.
Let me delete that reference to discreet. I used to cut them to suit the trouser length, but now I rather like the red streaks running down over my waist so I leave them unmolested. I like them in brown or black, but white is also available. The latter are ideal in that they do not compress and eventually damage the trouser fabric, but they can only be worn with trousers that feature button-flaps for suspenders situated to either side of the central button and fly, usually on the inside of the waistband.
They will also almost always feature belt-loops. It is important to keep in mind that, while there is nothing improper about wearing suspenders and trousers with belt-loops, it is always a faux pas to wear both suspenders and a belt.
In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it was actually considered improper for suspenders to be visible at all they were considered underwear , but standards have moved on, and you may now show your suspenders without fear. Other colors and even patterned suspenders are widely available, though the latter can become a novelty adornment rather than a functional detail if taken to an extreme. Punk and skinhead cultures have both made a great deal of suspenders, attaching significance to color, pattern, and how the suspenders are worn, so men are cautioned against wearing anything too outlandish — there is a real risk of giving the very wrong impression.
Suspenders are also a requisite part of black tie outfits; there is no such thing as a formal belt. They tend to be black or white, and are not meant to be seen beneath the jacket. Quality formal suspenders end in braided silk ends rather than leather tabs. Tabs are, however, perfectly acceptable — but clips are not. While they are usually the more comfortable method of supporting trousers, suspenders are not always as sturdy or as useful as a belt.
The shot from the front really shows that they are tapered yet still drape properly. Matt, how much tapering do you think is done on these trousers? I mean, the ratio between the thighs with the leg opening? Do you think this is too much? And my shoes are uk 8 which means that they trousers only cover eyelets of oxfords and I think they look great. Ryan gives good advice. Ryan, thanks for the info. I usually wear straight cut trousers so this is my first tapered pair. I wanted them to fit well but still drape properly.
But the leg opening sometimes stick to my OTC socks when I get up after sitting down. I wear a size 42 Euro so probably about size 7. Mallory really does look like M should in these top-line suits. Do the side adjusters serve a purpose? I have two bespoke suits from Henry Poole and both of them are cut only for braces. Is it a trick of camera angle top picture that it looks like the front fastening points of the braces are very uneven? Would there be a reason to make it so asymmetrical?
Though his head is looking straight-on, his body is angled to the side a little. They look to be placed evenly in relation to the trouser creases. Braces should be placed symmetrically, unless someone has an uneven body. Your description of Mr. I must say that i a really like this outfit as a whole, the navy suit with the azure blue shirt and the purplish tie. It is classic, timeless, formally austere and still adds a dash of color to the outfit. If you remember that brief scene in Skyfall, where Mr.
Fiennes is conversing with Ms. Fiennes was bearing a three-piece suit, although sans the jacket. I liked that outfit too.
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