Denim and Braces


Although the calendar does not read September 22 (official day of autumn), it most certainly feels as if the summer is coming to a screeching halt. Keep in mind, that we have experienced several unseasonable days thus far as you can tell from some of my previous posts, but nowadays wearing an extra layer has become mandatory. And of course my favorite “extra layer” comes in the form of a denim jacket. Although a denim jacket is often viewed as a casual form of lightweight outerwear, I often wear it to work on the days I do not feel like looking too stiff. In my opinion, a denim jacket is essential because it enables one to look stylish and dapper without having to relinquish comfort. I also prefer layering with a denim jacket because of its versatility and the classic aesthetic that it exudes, especially when the denim is worn and naturally distressed.

image Jacket by Levi’s, Shirt by H&M, Braces by Vintage, Trousers by Hart Schaffner & Marx, Shoes by Cole Haan 

Before I continue my tirade about my affinity for the denim jacket, please allow me to shift the attention to my recently purchased statement piece, a pair of vintage paisley print braces. I was so eager to wear these braces that I immediately purchased some buttons from a hobby shop so that I can sew them on the inner waistband of my trousers. Lately, I have witnessed several individuals wearing their braces on the outside of their trousers. However, I believe that braces look more elegant and functional when the buttons and leather straps are concealed. This also leads me into another subject of importance, the difference between suspenders and braces.  Although they are often used interchangeably, there is an inherent difference between the two.  Suspenders are elastic and refer to the clip-on variety that can be worn with either dress or casual attire. Braces are generally made of silk and have leather straps. Traditionally, the term “braces” refers to button-on suspenders and is intended for business and dress wear. However, in the United States, the word “suspenders” is often used interchangeably to refer to both the clip-on and button-on styles. For most people, they couldn’t care less about the differences between the two, but for the more sartorially inclined gentleman they understand the importance of deciphering the two.

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