The Bow Tie And Suspenders Fashion Craze


Guy wearing a bow tie and suspenders

Suspenders And Bow Tie

The bow tie and suspenders combo is a timeless look that has recently began trending once again. Suspenders were common in the 1820's when it was popular to wear trousers high on your waist. Then people decided that wearing your pants so high looked super lame and belts nearly eliminated the suspenders fashion scene. Some still believe suspenders are undergarments to be worn under a coat while others wear them out in the open. Luckily for us suspenders enthusiasts, they are quickly taking over the men's fashion world.

Classic suspenders tend to go well with pretty much any look, casual or formal. Just close your eyes and picture a suave guy walking out of a vintage old school Porsche, rocking suspenders and a bow tie. It's a classic look that fits just about any occasion. Additionally, suspenders are healthy for your posture and hide your potbelly. Even kids look good in suspenders!

bow tie

Bow-ties are a more popular accessory than suspenders and many icons of the 19th century can be seen sporting one. It's loved by people in showbiz and signals sophistication. Now slap on some suspenders and you have a dangerously dapper outfit. However, don't think that simply wearing a bow tie and suspenders combo is enough to make you look good. There's more to the style than just the accessories.

When wearing a bow tie with suspenders there are a few things to keep in mind. Your bow tie and suspenders should be of the same fabric. Even more impressive is if they were cut from the same cloth. However, that can be difficult for many, so as a general rule of thumb just make sure the colors match. Accessories are made to match and if they don't then your outfit will be all over the place. If you are wearing leather suspenders then it's prudent to ensure that they match with your shoes. 

Choosing The Right Suspenders

There's a lot to consider when choosing the right suspenders for your outfit. Today's trends prefer a more casual look. That's why we recommend 'Y' shaped suspenders with narrow straps and clip on attachments. They provide that sleek yet trendy look that suits nearly any occasion. There are so many types of suspenders that sometimes it can be hard to choose the right pair.

When going for a casual outfit it's important to go narrow with your straps. Wide straps are too functional and are better suited for work. Not only are there different suspenders sizes but also ways to attach suspenders. Clip on attachments are casual and button attachments are simply too formal. However, button attachments are perfect for events where you need to look your best, such as weddings. Clip on attachments certainly are easier to put on than button attachments. Those who choose suspenders with button attachments can even go the extra mile to shop for pants that are designed without belt loops. 

man with suspenders and bow tie

Suspenders with jeans is an extremely fashionable combination. The combination when worn with jeans should always include clip on attachments. This is because jeans are strong enough to withstand the tight grip of the clips without tearing or fraying easily. Also, jeans are a very casual piece of clothing, so it's essential to maintain that level of casualness throughout your entire outfit. Imagine a guy wearing jeans with wide strapped black suspenders and button attachments. All he's missing now is a vest to go with the suspenders. He look's like a man who couldn't make up his mind on how casual he wanted his outfit to be.

How to Wear a Bow Tie and Suspenders

Check out this informative video on one of our favorite ways to wear suspenders.

Suspenders Fashion Advice

Here are three suspenders fashion tips to make your outfit as stylish as possible:

  1. Match your bow tie and suspenders
  2. Wear clothes that fit
  3. Never wear a belt 

Bow ties aren't commonly worn as a casual accessory. However if that is the style that you are going for then I recommend wearing suspenders with shorts. It's a trendy style that has been going around lately. It's appeal is from the fashion statement of suspenders combined with the comfort of shorts. It's the perfect outfit for both summer and spring.

Other than matching your accessory colors, something everyone should remember is to wear a perfectly fitting shirt. There should be no loose fabric hanging around the sleeves, shoulders, or sides. This is so you can maintain that clean, well cut look that we're all going for. Suspenders with a suit can definitely help with this look. Finally, remember that suspenders, other than looking cool and classy, serve to hold up your pants. The contrast to this is hanging your suspenders down. Never wear a belt with suspenders, it looks bad and is a life-sentencing fashion crime.