History and Today
One of the first patents for suspenders was owned by Samuel Clemens in 1871. He was better known as Mark Twain, the author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Suspenders took off as a staple for men in that they literally held up their loose fitting pants. The first ones hooked onto pants; they had buttons on their pants and loops on the suspenders, so they simply fastened them. In 1894, David Roth received a patent for "braces", as they are also sometimes called, that had metal clasps for easy attachment to pants.
They have continued to be in use for different types of workmen, such as plumbers, farmers, carpenters, and firefighters. Despite heavy tool belts or protective clothing, suspenders help pants keep their place through it all.
In the fashion world, suspenders have changed from stylish accessories to classic novelties to antiquated objects and back again over the course of decades. Today, they seem to be in vogue. The overall aesthetic might not be for every man, but there are a myriad ways of using them to reflect one's personality. Check out the various ways to incorporate them into your normal clothing routine.
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