Suspenders for Women - Style Guide

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We often get asked why we don’t stock women’s suspenders here at JJ. The fact is, all of our suspenders are unisex, and can be worn by both men and women. While we’ve covered the different ways men can wear suspenders here, read on for our tips on how to best wear them as a women’s accessory.


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The first thing to consider if you’re a woman buying suspenders is sizing. Read our size guide, and scale down a little bit from there. Men tend to have broader shoulders and wider torsos, so you likely want to go down a size from what you think might fit you.


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Because women are generally slighter in build than men, wide suspenders can sometimes look oversized and can detract from the overall look you are trying to achieve. Skinny suspenders tend to be more flattering on women, while wide suspenders can be more comfortable depending on how they are worn.

Style vs. Function

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Generally, suspenders are worn by women more as a fashion accessory than a functional one. The consideration of how much support they can offer is often secondary, and because of this, they can be worn in creative ways, not just to hold trousers up.

Formal vs. Casual

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When worn by women, there are two distinct styles that suspenders can help achieve. The first is a masculine, tailored look, which we like to air with button-on suspenders crafted in traditional fabrics in muted colors such as black, navy, or grey. The second is a more casual look that is often created by pairing suspenders with denim or shorts. For this, we like using suspenders crafted in interesting fabrics like leather or denim in bright colors and bold patterns.


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It can sometimes be difficult to choose the right color for your suspenders. With so many hues and patterns, settling on just one pair can be overwhelming. What we recommend is you think about the outfit (or outfits) that you’ll be wearing the suspenders with, and make your choice accordingly. Also take into account the season and level of formality of your ensemble. We like darker, more muted tones for winter, and happy bright shades for summer, and always prefer button-ons for more formal occasions and to create a polished finished look.




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