Bold Modern Chic: Stripes, Ruffles & Suspenders

Many women think suspenders are mainly an accessory for men. If this is you, you may be surprised to find out that women have been wearing suspenders (or braces) for as long as they have been wearing pants which dates back to the early 1900s. During the 1940s and 1950s, braces (or suspenders) were extremely popular. Since then, the trend has come and gone and has recently made a resurgence a few years ago.

Note: The difference between suspenders and braces are, braces use leather or cloth straps to attach them to buttons sewn on the inside of the trouser waist. Suspenders, on the other hand, can be fastened with metal clips (alligator metal clips weren’t invented till later though).

Initially, suspenders were worn simply for the purpose of holding up your pants. Now, they are a styling accessory that you can use to achieve different types of looks. So if you’re looking to make a fashion statement, definitely keep suspenders in mind!

I love suspenders because they’re super stylish, and they can really make your whole outfit stands out more. In this post, I paired my suspenders from H&M (old, similar here) with a Dillon-Fit Stripe Cascade Ruffle-Sleeve Shirt by Banana Republic. This feminine, yet masculine combo is what really appealed to me. The stripes and suspenders offer a more masculine look, whereas the cascade ruffles on the sleeves are definitely feminine.

To complete the look, I chose to wear a pair of wide leg jeans by Zara (0ld, similar here) and my Christian Dior holster shaped leather bag (0ld). Alternatively, a pair of skinny jeans would have worked just as well. So whether you choose wide leg or skinny jeans, this feminine/masculine combo unquestionably gives off a very sophisticated, independent, modern chic feel.

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