Brace Yourself like a Man

December 11th, 2010

A very underrated, and misunderstood, accessory that I seem to be wearing more than usual lately: braces.

Braces. Not suspenders.

These words are often interchanged and, to many, they can mean the same thing. To some more traditional retailers, however, suspenders clip-on to pants with metal clasps, while braces are equipped with button fasteners.

Braces are also typically more luxurious; made of quality satin, silk, leather or grosgrain with genuine hardware and authentic leather or braided cotton fasteners. They are made by companies like Trafalgar and Bentley Cravats (the only remaining suspender factory in NYC). Suspenders, on the other hand, are often skinny, synthetic, have basic metal clips and can be picked up at trendy stores like American Apparel for $10.

Here, three different looks to help you brace like a man – along with their corresponding “inspirations”.

    1. Great-Depression-Era NYC

    Thin, genuine leather braces, like these 1″ vintage leather versions, are a great way to channel James Braddock rather than Steve Urkel.

    It’s kind of interesting that, worn a specific way, braces can actually make you look tougher (rather than nerdier)Who would have thought?

    Bonus tip: when your jeans stretch out in the waist (they all do eventually) to the point that they are buckling between belt loops, rather than washing them to shrink them down (over-washing can rush the organic aging process of denim) sew some suspender buttons on the inside waistband and let them “float”. It costs $3 and takes 15 minutes.

    2. Corporate Bad-Ass


    A sharp, dark, minimal suit with suspenders of matching color is a great way to channel new-age Gordon Gekko rather than and old-age Larry King.

    Consistent metals, a worsted wool tie and black leathers help give the “corporate bad-ass”, “getting-shit-done”, “boss-at-a-youg-age” vibe.

    Bonus tip: pink shirts, like white jeans, when styled correctly and anchored with darker pieces can make a very suave transition from warm weather to cold.

    3. Classic Americana

    Although my style is influenced from all over the place, there will always be something about the Americana image that speaks to me. America really is the land of opportunity, I am proud to be a part of it and call myself a New Yorker.

    It doesn’t get much more staple American than worn-in khaki chinos, blue bengal stripe shirts, cordovan tassel loafers, leather duffle bags, and rep stripe braces.

    The beauty of this look, as I’ve said before (here): if this photo were black & white, it would be hard to tell which decade it was taken (based on the outfit). This is an example of  timeless/classic style. Pieces with historical references that have “stood the test of time” provide a necessary foundation for menswear.

    Bonus tip: if you’re going for the true Americana look, it’s probably best to do it with brands that are American (and even more preferably, manufacture in America as well).

    Thanks for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    • Jack

      Where should the leather panel hit on your back? Also X vs Y back?

    • Trenton

      What type of pants and shirt do you wear with these things?

      • Silviu

        Hey Trenton. Since most of the pants in retail stores don’t have buttons sewn on the seam to support braces, I have someone sew them or do it myself. Braces work on any type of pants as long as they’re simple. However, I avoid them while wearing jeans. They’re made for trousers and pants more dressier than jeans. Also, if you want to come across as an elegant man and not as a hipster, always wear them with a dress shirt. Cheers.

    • Liam

      Suspenders is how the Anericams call them, and the British call them braces

    • Benjamin

      I’m a 14 year old lad from England, and I want to know weather I should wear braces to school on the next non-uniform day. I am worried that it would be seen as ‘uncool’ but I really want to try them out. Any advice?

    • Sherlock

      I have always loved the look and feel of braces. Now in my ‘mature’ years I so wish I had been as bold as some of you younger guys.
      Keep it going chaps!

    • http://undefined Gordon

      Hi, I have stuck with wearing braces at work now for a few months and dont think I will go back to a belt again. Workmates are so used to seeing me with braces on if I dont wear them I get comments asking where they are.

      A couple of other guys in the office have kept up the style too so its nice to not be the only guys wearing braces. Not had a joke or bad comment in weeks now about braces.

      My collection is growning by the week as I need more colours and styles to mix and match my shirts & ties.

    • Q

      Where them often. Not as a fashion statement but, to keep my pants up. typically I get complements from women, jokes from men.

    • James


      Would these suspenders look great if I wore no shirt and a pair of snug cut off jean shorts?


      • http://undefined Ricky

        Very HOT !!!

    • JMV

      My fellow friends I have a question. What are the name of the pants that have buttons in which I can wear the braces?
      Thank you please respond ASAP

      • Bill

        There is no specific name for pants with suspender buttons already placed. Some manufacturers of high end slacks and men’s suits put them in at the time of manufacture, but most makers do not do this and it’s up to you and your tailor to put them in at added cost. At least, it’s been this way for me since I began wearing them with my first suit around age 17.

        • chris

          i own a couple of pairs of albert thurston braces and they come with the buttons to sow in yourself. i have had some guys make a joke but the girls seem to love them. also been told there quite sexy so im keeping mine!

      • http://undefined Gordon

        Are the pants not called Fishtail or Highback.
        These are the ones with a bid “V” shape in the back that raises higher up. Very vintage 1930’s style.

        I just go with standard pants and get buttons sewn onto them. A suit hangs so much betetr with braces and the comments you get when you take your jacket off are awsome, everyone loves the look of braces.

      • baj

        breeches are pants that have buttons for braces

    • http://undefined Gordon

      Hi Paul, Yes the more guy who wear braces the better. I dont understand this idea that braces should be hidden and not seen, I think they are so stylish that you just have to let them be seen. Maybe other guys do wear braces but keep them hidden but I dont think that is the case.

      I have a few pairs now and love to let them be seen, it is amazing how many people will give you great comments about your braces when you have them on show, I could never keep them hidden. Evel loads of other guys say they like the look but not sure if they could wear them themselves. I try to get them to give them a try as I am sure once a guy tries a pair of braces he will stick with them.

    • http://undefined Gordon

      Braces are everywhere these days and since I have started to wear them I have notices loads more guys with them on. Not only business suits but also casual with jeans etc.

      I got talked into trying a pair for a week and just loved them, great style, feel and comfort and load of great comments about them too. I now have a few pairs to mix and match with my outfits and have even got a couple of other guys at work to start wearing braces as well. The more guys the better.

      • http://undefined Paul

        Hey Gordon I could not agree more. I started to wear braces a few months ago, got a few funny comments when I first wore them but also got loads of good comments as well about how smart and stylish they looked. I wear them most of the time now and on days when I dont have them on people ask where my braces are, its kind of my thing now. A few other guys have worn braces once or twice and a lot of guys say they have a pair but never worn them in ages, just wish more guys would wear them and maybe we will see a switch in the trend. I think a lot of guys feel strange wearing braces, but hey the more that wear them the less strange others may feel.

    • http://undefined Peter

      I have been a braces wearer for years.At first it was something a bit different,but I soon became fixed on their comfort and practicality.I would reccommend any guy out there to try braces.

    • passing thru

      Actually if the photo were black and white it would be obviously modern as the trouser are too short-waisted. The setting of the clips on the braces alone makes that clear. On the whole the look (to me)suggest Huck Finn in a stolen shirt and shoes.

      Braces were to hold trousers up and were worn under a waistcoat originally. They work much better than belts.

      Your model (to me) would look much better in trousers that sat at the natural waist, but of course the braces would not be in evidence because sensibly, he would be wearing a waistcoat not flaunting his underwear, lol.

    • Ben

      This is another question for Dan: Please can you send me a link of the trousers and braces that you wear in look 2? It would be much appreciated.

    • Ben

      Hi! This is a question for dan- are those braces y back or x back?

      • Dan Trepanier

        I don’t think I’ve ever worn a pair that crosses in the back. The back of my trousers only have buttons in the center of the waistband…

        • ian macnamara

          Hi would like a pair of braces

        • ian macnamara

          one pair of suspenders braces

    • mens clothes

      This blog is awesome, love it. Where are the shoes from? The braces are pretty funky too.

    • Scott

      I love braces, since being sent to school in them as a small boy to using them in the cadets and then a requirement at work. Now I wear them almost daily just because they are fantastic at holding my pants in position and never having to kitchen them up at the waist.
      Fourteen old boys and everyone else should be encouraged to experience the great feeling of wearing braces. Once you do so its really surprising how many people actually seem to love that fact that you have the nerve to do so in public. Go for it!

    • Ben

      I love this blog, you look so confident in braces. I just can’t seem to pluck up the courage to do it! Got any tips on what types to buy?? And one last thing: do you think that getting my 14 year old son to wear braces is a good idea??

    • Joe

      Thank you for posting this valuable information in your blog.
      I recently discover it and now I’m following you via RSS Feeds (now kind of vintage :)

      I’m planing to wear something informal, art deco era look, Miami weather-frienly attire for a small gather together next week.
      I have picked almost everything, but my concern comes when picking the suspenders.
      I would love to wear suspenders (or leather braces) like the ones you show here.
      But I’m afraid that they might not be part of the era (1920-1930) as that model you show here is sold online as 19th century-Victorian era.

      Do you know if they, or any type of leather suspender were part of the accessories worn in those years (1920-1930)?

      Thank you so much,

    • Walex

      Is it ideal to tuck in shirt with jeans trouser with bow tie.

    • TTG

      Braces are amazing, i building myself up to rock them soon.

    • Anonymous

      I love braces!

    • Anonymous

      Never seen braces look so cool. Going out to buy a couple pairs :)

    • Robert Schiess

      Can you help me. I’am looking for braces in cachmir or paisley design. Do you know any adress?

    • Dave

      Hi Dan,
      I love your blog. I’m 6’5″ guy and am having trouble finding braces my size. I have a pair of xl braces from Trafalgar, but can’t seem to find anything else out there for tall guys. It seems like anything for tall or bigger guys is just elastic suspenders, which I don’t want. Trafalgar has limited options and most of there tall braces are really plain (4 solid colors) or much more expensive and fancier than I’d like. I teach high school in the Midwest, but like to look professional.

    • Callum

      Went to my school Prom yesterday. First time I had not worn T shirt and jeans for ages and very good it felt. My Dad rented my dress suit, and the pants had no belt loops, so I had to pinch a pair of braces from my sister’s bf, which was embarrassing as I had ribbed him about them on previos occasions. They garnered a alot of favourable comments at the dance , and a number of guys asked me where they could buy a pair. Perhaps I am starting a trend!

    • Dane

      Hi there…I have been searching for an item of clothing that I haven’t been able to find as yet….it is worn by the lead guitarist/keyboards player in the “good charlotte” film clip “like it’s her birthday”….for the life of me I don’t know what he has got coming over his shoulders and under his arms I thought they were suspenders at first…please help to find out what they are and possibly where to get them?…thanx Dane

      • Gary


        You may be referring to what are commonly called, “Trucker’s Suspenders. They are unique in that instead of clipping to one’s pants in three or four locations, they only clip on in two positions. Their design does not incorporate the leather patch that forms the primary support for three and four-attachment suspenders and braces. Hence, the attraction for truck drivers who have to rest against and move against a seat-back for many hours a day.

        Since my gravity-sensitive, tube-shaped body is no longer able to rely on a belt to support my pants, I have been wearing suspenders and braces for a number of years. Regular suspenders and braces are no problem with “dress” wear, when one’s shirt is tucked into one’s pants. For casual wear, when one is often wearing a sweater over a shirt, or even a summer shirt draped over the pants, conventional braces or suspenders present a problem. The need to “drop trou” in the case of physical need while wearing a sweater or over-shirt, can be a problem with conventional suspenders and braces.(Think about this scenario. I really don’t want to get too graphic, but with a bit of concentration, I think you’ll get the idea.) The Trucker’s two-point attachment suspenders, present a logical solution to this dilemma.

        For sources of supply, simply Google, “Trucker’s suspenders”, and you will be on your way. A personal favorite source of supply for suspenders, braces and associated products, is Hold Up Suspender Company,

        Let the kids who want to look like gang-bangers, have the belt- line of their britches hanging below their massive asses. As smartly attired Senior Citizens or even youngsters who are appearance conscious and believe in dressing for success, braces and suspenders provide a fashion-forward method of looking and feeling good without three folds of pant material bagging around your legs, or the rear-end of your pants hanging to the back of your knees.

    • Salvador J. Viesca

      We have a men’s clothing consignment store in La Jolla, California. After reading your advice and looking at your photos above, I now understand what so many young men are looking for braces in our store these days. And we are in southern California.

      My son, who is 23, works with me in our store and has been considering wearing bow ties lately. After seeing the photos of the young gentleman in the braces with a bow tie, I am confident he could pull “that look” off himself.

      By-the-way, I personally wear Trafalgar Limited Edition silk braces whenever I wear a tie.

      Keep up the good work!

    • Brad

      Sorry to stumble on this blog so late. I have been experimenting with braces for about a year, and love the comfort they provide, but have yet to gain sufficient courage to let anyone else see me in them. Any tips would be most welcome!

    • Ray


      Love the blog, this post is fantastic. Quick question: I bought a pair of pants from John Varvatos that came with the brace buttons on the outside of the waist, running along the belt loots – is this just an alternate style for wearing braces or are the buttons meant to be transferred inside by my tailor?


      • RicP

        I’m reading this blog from the UK. I’ve worn braces since I was a child, except during teen years at school, until I had appendicitis on day 3 of my O levels – 16 year old’s exams – lost weight and have worn them most of the time since. I now often wear a skirt for health reasons and I wear braces with them too.
        They are incredibly comfortable when adjusted properly, and I invariably wear the button-on style. These should be set 3″ – 3.5″ apart, evenly either side of the back seam, and over the front pleat or crease, and a similar dimension 3-3.5 inches to the side. If a woman wears braces, remember Barbara Streisand did in two films, as did Julie Andrews in Victor-Victoria. The front buttons may have to be moved to the side a little to avoid looking a bit odd around the lady’s boobs. A slim woman might only need buttons about 2.5″ apart BUT NO LESS.
        Keep wearing the braces folks, and it is very useful to know who makes these items and supplies them at a sensible price!

    • brooks sisters

      have you had any experience with these?
      If anyone reading this has and would like to comment it would be appreciated. thanks

    • Lenmeister

      Hello SB,

      Avid aficionado here, just bought my first pair of braces (Drakes London :-D). I need your advice, in line with your “corporate look” picture above, do you think it’s ideal to wear gold braces with gold tie bar, gold watch etc (and similarly, silver accessories with silver braces?). Many thanks.


    • Ryan

      LOVE this post; one of my all time favourites.

      I recently bought a pair of trousers with suspender buttons on them; however, they’re on the outside of the pants, and I see in this post (and on many other wearers of braces) that you have the buttons on the inside of the pants. Really I find this looks cleaner anyway, so I’ll reattach the buttons on the inside at my nearest convenience.

      A quick question though; do you use sew on, or tack in buttons for your pants?
      Also, do the buttons ever cause discomfort when the pants are worn with a belt?

      As always, a great read.

    • Kane

      As a frequent braces (and yes, suspenders) wearer, I feel the need to point out one of the most obvious bonuses of wearing them…

      Ladies really like the braces.

    • RP14

      Is it required to get rid of belt loops when using braces?

      • Mr. Sartorial

        No, you can keep the belt loops.

    • Jason

      I have been wearing braces for a couple of years as they are so much more comfortable than belts, but as I am only 19 I have been afraid to let them show in public. Your post has given me the impetus to “come out”.

      Many thanks

    • Jude

      I recently tried a pair of braces on my pants and was amazed at the positive reaction I received from the gals compared to the ribald comments from my male buddies. They don’t know what they are missing!

    • lawrenzo

      Style and fashion always intertwine, it takes a man with an impeccable eye for both to maintain a healthy balance. You have a great sense of both.You also have an eye for putting clothes together that’s the whole essence of style. Its not what you have or wear,its how you wear it and pull it off with the audacity of a boss man that makes a man of style. You do these things flawlessly. Nice one bro. I’m a fan!

    • Ark

      suspenders isnt something i could pull off, so props.

      • SB

        Thanks for reading. -Dan

    • PAS

      SB, this isn’t relevant to this post at all (even though I feel like this may be your best work yet), but I was curious if you have ever had any experience with having a peacoat tailored? I picked one up on the cheap and it fits well throughout the body, but I could use the arms being slimmed up and shortened. Could this be done or would the material used to construct the coat prevent it?
      Thanks for your time,

      • SB

        This can absolutely be done. Contact your local tailor. Thanks for reading. Best, Dan

    • AFH

      Love the blog and the uniqueness of your style. I am looking to change the buttons on a suit jacket. Do you know of any websites where I can find appropriate buttons? Thanks-

      • SB

        Is there a reason you want to buy buttons online? Your local trimmings/finishings store should have a good selection. -Dan

    • anon

      hey sb your featured in this blog,
      dec 7,

    • Amir

      Hey Dan,

      So badass. I read on an earlier comment that your tapered shirt was taken in at the side seams. Just wanted to get some insight on what method is better to get a shirt taken in; darting vs. tapering. pros and cons? Thanks for a great blog.


      • SB

        Hey Amir.

        I like my shirts really slim, and in correct proportions, so I usually use a combination of the two to take in the body of my off-the-rack shirts. I often take in the sleeves as well. I do the alterations myself, so I see it as good practice.

        Hope this helps.


    • Anonymous

      When my great grandfather lost his house in the Great Depression, I can assure you he was not wearing Di Bianco shoes.

      • SB

        I mean no disrespect toward the hardships faced by your ancestors four generations ago.

        Keep in mind the look is not a costume, it is simply “inspired by”.

        This happens all the time in fashion/style. The kids wearing skinny jeans and combat boots in the lower east side – they aren’t real soldiers. The vast majority of people wearing plaid flannel shirts are not farmers. Those wearing trench coats are not likely British military officers. Etc.

        I will try to be more explanatory in the future to avoid confusion.

        Thanks for reading.


    • Jay Frais

      Love the looks, def inspirational

      • I concur

        but…….is it inspirational to those who CAN hear?

    • Richard

      So, this article was placed under the category of accessories but why no articles about watches? I can’t imagine a more appropriate accessory to discuss. I realize that many people have replaced watches with their cellphones but not classy people.


      Surprise nobody commented on the Lotuff and Clegg bag…I think I saw that in another blog (possibly ivy-style??) and was really taken with it. Beautiful bag, probably will be my next purchase. Which color did you get, SB? Also, I’d be interested to see how it wears….

      Stay Fresh,


      • I concur

        Oh snap…Pauly D’s in the house!!!!!

      • SB

        This one is in “chestnut”.

        I’m sure it will get more spins on here.

        Thanks for reading,

        • FRESH2DEATH

          Yes, the website is beautifully done. I like the chocolate brown travel duffel, the silver-colored hardware appeals to me more than the gold.

          Stay Fresh,


    • Trad

      Braces are like your undies, show = fail.

      • @Trad

        Rules are like underwear, if you don’t ever change them = you stink.

        • Basil

          victory. multiple times

        • SB

          Hahahaha. Well played. Agree about the benefits of “rule breaking”, but let’s respect each others’ sense of style. Thanks all for reading. -Dan

    • Ross

      Hey Dan,

      What beard trimmer are you using right now?


      • SB

        I’ve been using the “T-Outliner” by Andis for about a decade now. They were the “balders” that my first baber used. They cut all the way to the skin, so you can get an almost-clean shave in 30 dry seconds.

        Bonus tip: using a comb as a guard, start at the sideburns and fade up your sides to extend the period between hair cuts. Just changed the ankle of the comb as you go up vertically for an even blend.

        Hope this helps.

    • Mike

      Great looks, as usual. I’m curious why your pants are always too short? Is it proper or is it to show the shoes?
      Love the site!

      • SB

        “Too” short is subjective, a matter of preference and taste. I wear most of my dress trousers with little to no break, because on my frame (and with pants this tapered), I consider it most flattering and appropriate for my “image”. An yea, it works great to compliment a well-made shoe as well.

        Thanks for reading.


      • Shoe Snobby

        Let’s make this very clear, under NO circumstances should your shoes ever be seen!!!! I mean no soles, sides or laces nothing! A true gent looks like he is gliding across the floor.

    • Wndsorite

      SB your posts always come at a fortuidous time. I just picked up a pair of braces from Brooks Brothers yesterday and am planning to wear them to a christmas party tomorrow. This is an awesome post, and on a side note I also grabbed bass weejuns for 40 bucks, an item I would have no idea existed until I read this blog. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      hey dan!!
      i cant tell the difference between suspenders/ braces..
      could you explain??

      • Brendon

        “suspenders clip-on to pants with metal clasps, while braces are equipped with button fasteners.”

        suspenders have clips, braces attach to buttons on the inside of you pants.

        • SB

          Thanks for reading.

    • john

      you look amazingly different than other looks..
      love it on you..keep it!!

    • Recent

      Hard to tell, but did you design the suit pants with no belt loops?

    • Mr. Sartorial

      Great post Dan! Enough to bring braces back to the fore. My only question: How the hell do you afford so many clothes? I consider my wardrobe expansive, but yours takes the cake.

      • SB

        Thx for reading. I would assume your wardrobe is fairly expansive, Mr Sartorial. To briefly answer your question: collecting timelless-ish pieces for years, working hard, thrifty shopping, knowing the right people, self promotion…


    • cam

      Awesome as usual. You are my hero. So if I want to have buttons for braces added, I should be specific with my tailor and tell him BRACE buttons not SUSPENDERS buttons? I hate my tailor, but he is s cheap and I have no $ to spend on the younger tailors.

      • SB

        Hah, thanks. A tailor will know what you mean whether you say brace buttons or suspender buttons. If you’re talking buttons, than they’re the same thing.

    • kayvaan

      i love the idea with jeans. as you mention in your aside – jeans have the problem of stretching out and sagging. i may have to start going with braces. i’ve been yearning for them for ages mainly for the convenience factor (no saggy jeans) but if they can look good too – well then sign me up…

    • Mike

      I agree with everyone – the first look is incredible.

      Surprisingly, though, the part of the post that made me so excited was, “Post on man bags coming soon”. I have been trying to figure this out for months. What to look for in one, what kinds of options I have, etc.
      So far my favorite is:

    • Thatguy

      sorry SB, my original comment made no sense, seeing that I looked at the photos before I read the text. But eh, your still channeling Urkel or his suave counterpart stephon.

      are you still selling clothes on ebay? if so, whats your stores name again

      • SB

        I have a large duffle bag full of clothes and shoes that I will be selling soon. Rather than eBay, however, I will likely post them to the store section of the website instead. More about this to come. Thx. -Dan

    • Rob

      Another killer post…keep killing em Dan!

    • Anonymous


      Love the post, but after reading Look #1, it appears you left one item out of your description!

      What type of jeans are you wearing?


      • SB

        Jeans by JBrand.

    • Joey Dee

      I absolutely appreciate the depression era post. Being an aged punk rocker, hanging in the gutters and streets in my earlier days, i can really appreciate this look. When the working class uniform is traded in, this is how it ahould be done, proper. Don’t get me wrong all these looks mean business, but for those of your readers from that lifestyle, its the best one. Thanks for focus on the braces, i have been collecting them for some time now.

      • SB

        Thanks for reading, and for contributing Joey Dee. -Dan

    • Jen Smith

      I love all your brace looks… I know them as suspenders, I see you tryin to be all fancy….LOL!!! First outfit is my fav but the braces in the last outfit ROCK!!!


    • Trent

      I love your looks, and this post is definitely no exception. These are just fantastic styles. I’ve wanted to experiment with braces for a little while, so this might just be that little push in the right direction.

      One question though: with pants you plan on wearing with braces, how fitted should they be? Should they be secure enough that you could wear them without them, or should they be a little loose in the waist so you can let the braces do the work?

      • SB

        The pants I wear with braces are the same pants I where without braces – with the exception of a few that are too big in the waist, and that I didn’t have taken-in so I could keep the waist “float” with braces.


    • Ethan

      I like the looks, though I have trouble getting behind the too-long tie. Still, any of these looks would get you plenty of “well-dressed” comments anywhere I know.

      • SB

        The tie was not tied intentionally “long”. It may be an illusion caused by the braces that are holding the trousers slightly higher than where the side-adjusters usually hold on the hips. Thanks for reading. Best, Dan

    • Thatguy

      see your channeling Steve Urkel

    • MondoSwaggerNYC


      Your swag is relentless. Props due.


    • Paul

      “Bonus tip: when your jeans stretch out in the waist (they all do eventually) to the point that they are buckling between belt loops, rather than washing them to shrink them down (over-washing can rush the organic aging process of denim) sew some suspender buttons on the inside waistband and let them –float”. It costs $3 and takes 15 minutes.”

      This would have made a perfect video blog.

    • Deeya

      I truly hate to highlight this,but the first line has “seam” instead of, what I think is, “seem”… I think it’s a pun, but I don’t know!

      I absolutely adore what you’re doing. My greatest inspiration ever!

      What types of spectacles should a man wear?



      • Mr. Sarcastic

        I think the ones that help you see better? Just a thought

    • The Shoe Snob

      One of the best posts i have seen yet!! Great pieces. Love the shoes in the first two outfits. That first outfit is killer. Keep up the good work!

    • TO

      This has to be one of my all-time favourite posts. Last time I saw you mention to remain authentic when it came to this subject, I thought it was a good point- but maybe brushed it off a bit. Given the chance, you showed the undoubtable reasoning behind your belief. It’s a great metaphor for your integrity and perseverance Dan.

      p.s. What do you mean by “tapered” for the bengal-striped shirt? Can you explain the process? And I hope you feature that Black Fleece Topcoat sometime in full view:) Btw, I went to the address of Thom Browne at 100 Hudson Street but couldn’t find his store-?

      • SB

        By tapered I meant taking-in at the side seams. The TB store can be hard to find – when they close they shut all the blinds and I don’t think he has a sign.

        Thx as always TO. -Dan

        • TO

          You’re welcome Dan- this is something I’ve been wondering about lately because I assumed this was the standard way to take a shirt in, until I realized the guy I’ve gone to has actually darted some if not all of my shirts- I’ll have to inquire about this in the future. — Well now I have (somewhat) of a reason to go back to the city, ha!

    • Sabir P.


      As of late braces are something I have been investigating and plan to pick up a pair next week. You speak here of all the great things that braces offer to a variety of outfits, but, are there any cons that you have experienced?

      The leather braided braces are quality. Have most of your dress pants been made brace ready?

      • SB

        Hmm. Cons? Potentially they could slide off your shoulder, they take a little more time to put on than a belt, they’re not great for multiple layers, the dry cleaners may press over the button which can leave a mark on the outside of the pants, the buttons can get in the way when re-tucking-in your shirt…

        Most of my trousers – and some of my jeans – have suspender buttons, to give me the option.


    • RO

      My man, killin it

    • Carter

      Another classic post that educates the masses on the proper way to wear braces! I am looking to invest in a classic, not trendy, pair of braces. Any advice on price point and brands for good braces?
      Followers please advise,

      • SB

        A safe bet for a quality pair of braces that aren’t terribly over-priced is sticking to a brand that specializes in them. Trafalgar for example. There is no need to splurge on designer pant-holders, the favorites in my collection are vintage. Thx for reading, Dan

    • Anonymous

      Love the shoes from Scarpe di Bianco, I’ve been waiting to see a pair of these in action

      Best Wishes,

      Christian Kimber

    • The Man Without Fear

      Great post – really love the first look.

    • Adam

      O man! Amazing looks!
      My favorite is the first one!
      Love it!