Three Fresh Ways to Have Fun with Red Suspenders

Posted on December 09, 2015 by JJ Suspenders

Although red suspenders tend to bring slick Wall Streetiness to mind, they actually lend themselves well to a sartorial stroll further downtown. Red is a fun fashion weapon - it’s eyecatching and bold - but there is a caveat: a little goes a loooooooooooong way.  Here are some ways to do red suspenders right:

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To provide visual balance for the red of the suspenders and the mauve of the shirt, the best color to choose is the one across from them equally on the color wheel, which turns out to be yellow-green. Hence the khaki-colored pant. Alternatively, you could pair your red suspenders with a pink shirt. As these two hues are located on the same “slice” of the wheel, their grounding color is directly opposite: green. However, to avoid being mistaken for a crazed holiday elf, the best bet would be to go with a pant in a deep, dark olive. Try our Classic Red Clip-On Suspender

With White & Taupe

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is into fashion. Really into it. (USA Today estimates that it would cost about $300,000 a season to dress like Westbrook.) Sure, some of his ensembles err on the side of the outrageous, but not this one. Everything about it works, especially the white shirt and taupe pant. This combination of colors is sophisticated, and lends itself extremely well to red accents. The stingy-brim fedora takes its color cues from the pant, and helps makes the bowtie look funky rather than fussy. Try: our Red & Navy Striped Crimson Wings Clip-On Suspenders

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With a Pattern in Black (or Navy) & White

Graphic patterns and checks lend themselves really well to colorful accents like red. Here, the skinniness of the suspenders keeps them from feeling overly formal, and the burgundy of the pant is a clever touch. Try: our Navy-striped Red Flag Suspender

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With Offbeat Colors like Mauve

What’s cool about combining a red with a mauve is that they are unexpected mix - which is always a great way to be memorable. For the right reasons. The main one being that these colors work together really well. Why? Because of where they fall along the color wheel, one of the best tools for understanding how colors relate to one another.

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To provide visual balance for the red of the suspenders and the mauve of the shirt, the best color to choose is the one across from them equally on the color wheel, which turns out to be yellow-green. Hence the khaki-colored pant. Alternatively, you could pair your red suspenders with a pink shirt. As these two hues are located on the same “slice” of the wheel, their grounding color is directly opposite: green. However, to avoid being mistaken for a crazed holiday elf, the best bet would be to go with a pant in a deep, dark olive. Try our Classic Red Clip-On Suspender


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