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Do they look good, or ridiculous? Leather or elastic? Buttons only, or are clips okay? (It's pretty hard to get button pants.)

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by Anonymousreply 73Last Friday at 6:25 AM

I've seen men who wear this costume. Usually chubby short try-hards. No thanks.

by Anonymousreply 109/15/2020

Are we still doing this?

by Anonymousreply 209/15/2020

It really emphasizes the size and shape of your upper body, so great if you happen to be lean and long-waisted and sculpted by the gawds (but not bulky). Oh, and height helps too.

It looks ridiculous on most mere mortals.

by Anonymousreply 309/15/2020

I love it.

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by Anonymousreply 409/15/2020

Hot as Hell. Depending on what's in them. Even hotter coming off.

by Anonymousreply 509/15/2020

[quote] Are we still doing this?—hipster ca 2009

Oh hon.

They were around a long while before you even entered the picture, and they'll also be here a long while after you're gone.

by Anonymousreply 609/15/2020

A smarmy douche at work wears them. So I hate them.

by Anonymousreply 709/15/2020

They are all gorgeous, so they would look good wearing a trash bag.

by Anonymousreply 809/15/2020

Please don't attempt suspenders, a bow tie, and a cute ironic hat all at the same time.

Because... just don't.

by Anonymousreply 909/15/2020

It’s not hard to get “button pants,” op. You simply ask your tailor to sew them into your trousers. Easy. Clip and elastic suspenders are tacky. Silk and button suspenders are always correct, and the fancy patterns are intended for the wearer, not for public consumption. Purposely displaying your suspenders is bad form— if they’re seen, it should be accidental/incidental. Leather suspenders are bulky, and they will soil your shirts until they are broken in, just as a new belt will often soil your trousers. It takes forever to break in leather suspenders. In the end, you should really wear suspenders more for comfort than for style. I think they’re more comfortable than belts. If you’re determined to go for looks rather than utility, the other comments are correct about them looking better on tall, slender men. Trafalgar makes beautiful silk suspenders with lots of whimsical designs, including many which were originated by Calvin Curtiss back in the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s.

by Anonymousreply 1009/15/2020

Let's get the definition correct...suspenders are cheap elastic straps that attach to your pants with metal clips; braces are made of cloth, and use a leather or cloth strap to attach to buttons on the inside of your pants. The buttons do not come with the pants, OP, you sew them in after you position the straps where you're wearing them.

I wear braces practically daily with a suit...I'm not short and fat, and 6'1", and 175, and yes, i frequently wear them with a bow tie. Suspenders are never appropriate, unless you're a clown, or Mork

by Anonymousreply 1109/15/2020

[quote] It’s not hard to get “button pants,” op. You simply ask your tailor to sew them into your trousers.

Oh yes, my tailor. We talk every day!

by Anonymousreply 1209/15/2020

As many already said - they require a very sexy wearer to be sexy. I find that they do weird things when a guy stands up, sits down or moves through any range of motion at all in general. R10 is correct - they were not initially designed to be SEEN, rather just to hold up pants.

by Anonymousreply 1309/15/2020

R3 is right. Body type counts for a lot. Good set of shoulders and a tight waist is key.

by Anonymousreply 1409/15/2020

You don’t even need a tailor R12. I’d bet your favorite dry cleaner has a seamstress (or seam-master?) on staff who could add the buttons.

If you’re going to use clips, don’t even bother.

by Anonymousreply 1509/15/2020

Spare us.

Many thanks

by Anonymousreply 1609/16/2020

I love the word suspenders...we say braces.

by Anonymousreply 1709/16/2020

My grandpa wore them and called them braces.

by Anonymousreply 1809/16/2020

[quote]great if you happen to be lean and long-waisted and sculpted by the gawds (but not bulky). Oh, and height helps too.

These individuals don't need any gimmicks to look good, therefore suspenders serve no purpose and should be cancelled.

by Anonymousreply 1909/16/2020

Brits call them braces; Americans call them suspenders.

Hey! What do Brits call the things orthodontists put on your teeth?

by Anonymousreply 2009/16/2020

[R20] please reread [R11].

by Anonymousreply 2109/16/2020

Looks good on guy in the middle

by Anonymousreply 2209/16/2020

@r20, "Hey! What do Brits call the things orthodontists put on your teeth? "


by Anonymousreply 2309/16/2020

R20, is that a trick question?

Answer: There are no orthodontists in Britain.

by Anonymousreply 2409/16/2020

They help maintain correct posture.

by Anonymousreply 2509/16/2020

Suspenders are for holding up your pants while you work or do physical activity.

Wearing suspenders as fashion accessories (hipsters, soyboys, etc.) looks dorky since everybody knows they're useless nutsacks.

by Anonymousreply 2609/16/2020

[quote] "Hey! What do Brits call the things orthodontists put on your teeth? "

When I was a kid we called them plates. But I think we now say braces. It was nudging its way in even back in my day.

by Anonymousreply 2709/16/2020

They look goodiculous

by Anonymousreply 2809/16/2020

They get in the way of my shoulder holster.

by Anonymousreply 2909/16/2020

They look good on hot people, OP.

by Anonymousreply 3009/16/2020

if you are tall and fit and handsome - YES.

Leather? LEATHER?

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by Anonymousreply 3109/16/2020

As others have said, they only look good if they’re attached to the pants with buttons. The snap-ons look tacky as fuck.

by Anonymousreply 3209/16/2020

well if you want to get sartorial about it, they only look tailored with buttons and on trousers with no belt loops.

by Anonymousreply 3309/16/2020

As for as leather, this option threw me for a loop because they didn't exist when I was a young man. Now I see this is a hipster caprice. I would say, OP, no, since the look seems a decade old, at least. But, I'm intended audience so what do I know.

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by Anonymousreply 3409/16/2020

I mean - I AM NOT the one you'd try to impress with these leather contraptions.

by Anonymousreply 3509/16/2020

OP - how about a pleather shoulder strapped jock?

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by Anonymousreply 3609/16/2020

This should bring the boys to the yard, OP.

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by Anonymousreply 3709/16/2020

I think, like most clothes, they look better when you are very lean. Other than Amish men who really need them (in which they for the most part do not look good - but aren't meant to), maybe when you wear a tux they can be part of the fashion, other than that - I think they are rather anachronistic and look douchey. Like so many of the fashion statements that young people use to make them look unique and edgy, that actually end up more a uniform, as they all do it.

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by Anonymousreply 3909/16/2020

in the 1990s, I used to wear them with clips to the pants! They were so in

by Anonymousreply 4009/16/2020

Come over to my house, R11. My mouth is waiting.

by Anonymousreply 4109/16/2020

If you’re hot enough anything looks good

by Anonymousreply 4209/16/2020

In the first grade, my parents often sent me to school wearing suspenders. Of course, none of the other boys wore them, which I found embarrassing. So, I refused to wear a pair of suspenders after first grade.

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by Anonymousreply 4409/16/2020

Yah, wtf is with the bow ties? Only with formal wear or on crazy, out of touch rich. Still a better look than all that baggy, saggy, ghetto hobo crap.

Scary clowns are the only ones who do rock both suspenders and bow ties. Squirting and spinning bow ties.

by Anonymousreply 4509/16/2020

When you find yourself in a suspender jock you've really hit the skids. Anyone's older brother ever give them a brownie?

by Anonymousreply 4609/16/2020

I, personally, think they're TREMENDOUS.

by Anonymousreply 4709/16/2020

Clip-ons suspenders are like clip-on ties.

by Anonymousreply 4809/16/2020

For R47.

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by Anonymousreply 4909/16/2020

I loved them in the 70s and 80s (when I was skinny enough to wear them ) ! Yes,I even had a pair of rainbow ones ala Robin Williams. I used to wear this one pair with rhinestone brooches on each strap ,front and back . It was so much fun ,but I always lost a few during the evenings. Id wear them now if they wouldnt make me look 9 months pregnant. One thig I do see is people wearing them AND a belt . Thats just wrong.

by Anonymousreply 5009/16/2020

If they're proper button suspenders, they'll typically look good. If one is over the age of six, and still wearing clip suspenders, they shouldn't wear them at all.

by Anonymousreply 5109/16/2020

R10 - after reading your post I feel like you often wear a cravat. Am I right?

by Anonymousreply 5209/16/2020

I think they kind of hot. And make guys who are not that hot look hotter. The same thing goes for men wearing cowboy hats.

by Anonymousreply 5309/16/2020

LOL r52!

by Anonymousreply 5409/16/2020

[quote] I mean - I AM NOT the one you'd try to impress with these leather contraptions.


by Anonymousreply 5509/16/2020

How about sock garters?

by Anonymousreply 5609/16/2020

I would LOVE to have R10 weight in on the accepted style and right way to wear leather chaps and what else to wear with them!

Please R10. You could get your own thread going and get lots of traffic.

by Anonymousreply 5709/16/2020

Sock garters are an unnecessary affectation. There is elastic in men's socks to hold them up.

by Anonymousreply 5809/16/2020

I had Mork rainbow suspenders in the early '80s. I was a tween then.

by Anonymousreply 5909/16/2020

I like the way suspenders pressure the waistband and "pull up" pants so that cock is more visible. Hot!

by Anonymousreply 6009/16/2020

Michael Landon, in suspenders on Little House on the Prairie. Discuss!

by Anonymousreply 6109/16/2020

No wonder they call you "Nellie"!

by Anonymousreply 6209/16/2020

They make me feel like dancing.

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by Anonymousreply 6309/16/2020

Hes so cute R63 ! I wore mine with a lemon yellow shirt and white painters jeans (remember those?) . Lord that was 100 years ago .

by Anonymousreply 64Last Thursday at 7:13 AM

R64 - omg- I think I lived in those cheap white painters pants. Wasn’t that also the decade of the Earth Shoe?

by Anonymousreply 65Last Thursday at 1:13 PM

R65 Yes ! Werent they called Mudd shoes ? So frigging comfortable !

by Anonymousreply 66Last Thursday at 4:51 PM
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by Anonymousreply 67Last Thursday at 11:30 PM

Depends on setting and frequency. My work takes me to many different ‘suited and booted’ office environments...well, pre-Covid. Every work setting has at least one of these types. There’s the braces/suspenders guy, the waistcoat guy, the bow tie guy, the flashy cufflinks guy, and the technicolour socks guy. Don’t be that guy. You want to be thought of primarily for what you can do more than your sartorial quirk. It’s the difference between the occasional apparence and a signature.

by Anonymousreply 68Last Friday at 12:04 AM

I think they can look good, but I've only ever really worn them when wearing a three piece suit that I didn't wear a belt with. They help to smooth down the shirt so the waistcoat lies flatter against your body so when you take your jacket off it's not flapping out.

Oh and as someone else has said, Brits tend to call them braces, not suspenders. Suspenders are what women wear to hold up long pantyhose!

by Anonymousreply 69Last Friday at 12:33 AM

Your trousers can be a little looser in the waist with suspenders. But too loose and it looks like a clown outfit.

by Anonymousreply 70Last Friday at 12:43 AM

You dont use suspenders to hold up pantyhose-they are held up by the panty. Suspenders hold up stockings.

by Anonymousreply 71Last Friday at 2:45 AM

R67, I see what the gays mean when they say guys that wear suspenders are hot.

by Anonymousreply 72Last Friday at 3:02 AM

Thanks for posting, OP (and R10, R11, R69). I really enjoy fashion discussions on DL (that don't devolve into "caftan" snark). Personally, I have always liked the 80's punk "boots and braces" look--but it's not something that holds up today.

by Anonymousreply 73Last Friday at 6:25 AM
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