Large Braces made for the Substantial Man – these are 3.5 cm X Back Suspenders in a range of colours to suit everything
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Our regular braces should fit most men (contact us for smaller sizes for boys down to the age of around 8-9). They are very adjustable and can fit most sizes. The only struggle may be people with extremely large torsos may feel they are a bit tight so we do have larger ones for anyone a bit taller or with a bit more meat on the bone.
Let us know if you are looking for Boy’s – These should be fit for toddlers up to around age 8 but men’s braces should fit down to around age 6 once adjusted to the smallest size so there is a decent overlap here for those who aren’t sure.
In the early 1820s, British designer Albert Thurston began to manufacture the first known modern day suspenders (known as “braces” in Britain). The fashion of the day dictated that men wear high-waisted pants — so high-waisted, in fact, that a belt could not actually be used to hold them up. Thurston’s suspenders attached via leather loops; the company still sells them today.
Original designs show suspender straps made of a tightly woven wool (known as “boxcloth”) and attaching as an “H-back,” meaning they join together to make what looks like an uppercase H. This was later replaced by the X-back, which in turn morphed into the Y-back. Today, all three models are available — although, unless you’re a U.S. firefighter, H-back suspenders are pretty rare.
One of the first U.S. patents for suspenders was issued in 1871 to Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain) for “Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments,” that attached to everything from underpants to women’s corsets and were designed as an alternative to suspenders, which Clemens reportedly found uncomfortable. Metal clasps were invented in 1894 so that suspenders could be clipped on rather than buttoned, meaning that pants no longer had to come with buttons sewn in the waist, as they commonly did at the time.
Suspenders fell out of favor in the early 20th century, when lower-sitting pants no longer required them. But suspenders didn’t disappear completely. Doctors even recommended suspenders to patients with extended bellies. “There are more big stomachs caused by the wearing of a belt than any other one thing I know of,” said a Chicago doctor named Dr. V. S. Cheney in 1928, urging people instead to practice “posture, exercise and the wearing of suspenders.” And actor Humphrey Bogart wore them in many of his movies, as did British actor Ralph Richardson, who liked his suspenders so much that when World War II broke out, he ran out and bought six pairs in anticipation of fabric rationing.
In the 1960s, British skinheads adopted suspenders as part of their working-class look — often attaching them to tight blue jeans that didn’t really need help staying in place. One of pop culture’s most famous hooligans, Alex DeLarge (Malcolm MacDowell), wore them in A Clockwork Orange.
Suspenders were largely absent from people’s closets in the 1990s and early 2000s — that is, until hip-hop style icon Fonzworth Bentley popularized the preppy dandy look. Recent years have seen a fascination with early 20th century culture (think: speakeasy-themed bars, mustaches, fedoras) amongst a certain subset of people — usually young, usually in major cities — who like to dress the part.