Suspender : What is it?
Suspenders, also called braces, are worn to hold up pants, skirts, and other lower body garments. They consist of two straps that go over the shoulders and clip to the garment’s waistband, both at the front and back. Some suspenders are made of elastic material throughout, while others have elastic ends attached to woven straps.
Kinds of Suspenders include the following:
- Standard suspenders have two separate straps running parallel to each other.
- They are sometimes connected by a horizontal cross-strap. These are called H-back suspenders.
- X-back suspenders have intersecting straps that form an X at the back and run parallel at the front.
- The intersection is marked by a leather or fabric cross-patch, which can be decorative.
- Y-back suspenders have straps that join into a single strap, forming a Y strap at the back.
- They have a single clip at the back and two clips in front.
Stretch: Choose a suspender with elastic ends rather than fully elastic straps. These are more comfortable and will not overstretch with frequent use. Look for one with at least six inches of elastic strap at the ends.
Clips: Choose a suspender with large, sturdy clips. Use toothed clips for better grip on denim and canvas garments. For finer fabrics, look for a button or snap-on clip to keep from tearing or puncturing the cloth. Look for double clips or Y-clips for a more secure hold.
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