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Braces/Suspenders - Colors, Source Etc ?

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Dear All

I hope you have been well since the last I was here.

I'm attending a medical conference in SF soon, and have been going through my clothing. I'm thinking a pair of suspenders might be worth a try, since I find my trousers tend to want to ride down a bit, probably a consequence of being too fat.

I will probably take my light grey and my "new blue" (a smidge lighter than Navy) suits. I don't want to be super ostentatious with ducks or other crazy stuff on the braces. Is there a preferred color? Do they need to coordinate with whatever color shirt I happen to be wearing?

Do we have some favorite sources here for reasonably priced, good quality suspenders?

Thanks everyone !

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Such helpful information.

As I read some of the old threads, I learned and realized a few things.

1. They are really best with buttons, which seem to be provided with the braces when purchased new.
2. I would need first to wait for them to arrive in the mail, then take my pants to the nearby tailor to put the buttons on.
3. This would probably put me in a time crunch, as I fly up north next Wednesday.
4. Having said that, I think as a longer term project, this will be worthwhile.

Other questions:
What about getting my feet wet by buying some on ebay, and scrounging up my own buttons? Are they OK second hand, or are they likely to be all stretched out or ? ? ?
How important is it that the pants were cut/designed to be worn with braces (higher rise?). I'm willing to leave the belt loops on during a trial period or permanently.
It reminds me of that expression, "Belt and suspenders".

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Fantastic ! This is so helpful.

Is the consensus that elastic is not preferred then?

When I get back in a few weeks, I will probably address this. I like the Chipp suspenders -- they seem like great value.

Come on Eagle, get out and wear those suspenders ! I know they can't be as ridiculous looking as the ones on ebay that offer a three part matching set with pocket square and bow tie. Oh, I hope I am not offending anyone who has one of those sets. Or perhaps I am wrong and they look totally cool. Honestly, before joining this forums website, I would have thought exactly that. Snazzy! You have got to see these:

"stag the bottoms (cut off the hems)"
I think I understand this but why? A fashion thing? A quick and dirty way to alter them for proper length?

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