Posted on Mar 12, 2022 188
In Europe, the first mention of suspenders appeared during the reign of Louis XIV. Suspenders looked like a sling for a sword and only much later were transformed into a trouser-supporting accessory.
In Germany, for hundreds of years, suspenders (garter belts) were an indispensable part of every day and weekend wear. Is it possible to imagine the famous German leather pants without suspenders)?
In XVIII century the suspenders themselves were made of leather, although they were made of thick fabric and even braided and knitted. At some point, suspenders became a recognized symbol of American business acumen.
According to another version, suspenders appeared in France during the Revolution of 1789 - 1794. It was at that time the adherents of the new system refused belts, which they often could not afford, in favor of suspenders. At first they looked like strips of elastic fabric, then they were fastened to the back with a button. There is also a theory that suspenders were invented, as we know them today, by Albert Thorston in 1820.
At first they were attached by loops to buttons which were sewn on pants, then in October 1894 David Rough invented and patented special clips so that suspenders could be attached to any pants, pants or jeans.
This innovation quickly caught on because the fashion of those years dressed men in pants with a slightly high waist, for such a belt, could not fulfill its purpose. I can't imagine the elegant gentleman of those years without stylish suspenders.
In the first half of the XX century, the popularity of suspenders came to naught. They were used mainly by farmers and workers.
Suspenders resurfaced on the fashion scene in the 1960s in the UK, the working class combined tight jeans and suspenders, finding it functional and stylish. Then in the 1970s there was a wave of unisex style popularity among women in Europe and the US, and suspenders fit in perfectly.
In form, suspenders differ in the arrangement of the stripes on the back. It can be X-shaped, Y-shaped and H-shaped. H-shaped ones are an attribute of the uniform or special clothing, and if you are not a firefighter, they are unlikely to attract you. X and Y crossings are more standard and casual.
Suspenders are sometimes positioned as the clothes of a manager and a stockbroker - black pants with arrows, white shirt and red suspenders. Good quality suspenders should be of an appropriate length, not too tight, and match the color of the tie.
The main stages of the invention, refinement and promotion of the suspenders style: