Three Fresh Ways to Have Fun with Red 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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Mens vs Women's suspenders

Some many people have pondered what the difference is between men and women’s suspenders. The answer, not much. Most men’s suspenders are made with function in mind, while women’s suspenders are designed solely as a fashion accessory. This changes some of the structure, but not in a way that is very noticeable for most people. The majority of women’s suspenders is designed with clips, while men have more options with button-on suspenders.

 

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Suspender Inspiration: The Great Gatsby

As influential as it is, The Great Gatsby didn’t do so great when Scribner’s first published it in 1925. Rather, it received mixed reviews, sold poorly and when F. Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940, he believed himself a failure whose best work was forgotten. Fortunately, history has told a different story about this fascinating look at timeless themes of social change, decadence, idealism and excess - as seen through the prism of New York’s Jazz Age. Through the narrator, Nick Carraway, we see Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire with an obsessive passion for Daisy Buchanan, a former debutante and still beautiful - at least on the outside. Like Gatsby himself.

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Super Suspender Holiday Gift Guide

No, the men on your gift list don’t need another tie. They. Just. Don’t. Since you don’t wanna be that guy (or girl), why not show off your flair for fashion this year by gifting something unusual and supremely useful: suspenders!  

 

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Three Fresh Ways to Rock Black Suspenders

Think “black suspenders” and probably some version of “wedding attire” or “formalwear” jumps to mind. Sure, they’ve got you covered the next time you have to formally RSVP, but they actually have a fun side that promises to add extra style miles to your closet the rest of the time.

Here’s how:

1. With a Canadian Tuxedo:

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Denim worn with denim long ago headed south and, along the way, acquired a reputation for impossible cool. Variations on a single shade from head to toe always look sophisticated, especially if the denim pieces you choose are on the darker end of the color spectrum. For the coolest vibe, opt for a leather suspender. And don’t be afraid to play with the width - try some suspenders that are skinny to see how you like them, and then compare with ones that are wider. Keep experimenting until you find your happy place, suspender-wise. Try: http://www.jjsuspenders.com/products/smoke-black-leather-suspenders

2. With a Gingham Check:

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Every season, fashion writers seem proclaim the return of the gingham check...apparently forgetting that just one season prior, they proclaimed the same thing! Probably because it never really left. Not since that stylish subculture in 1960s London adopted it - along with cool jazz and jazzy scooters - dubbed the modernists, or simply, mods. An appropriately modern and on-trend way to get your gingham on right now is with a crisp khaki pant. If you’d prefer a button-on suspender instead of a clip-on, simply have your tailor (or significant other) sew some buttons onto the inside of the waistband for you. 

Try: http://www.jjsuspenders.com/collections/black-suspenders

3.  With Attitude:

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What’s that sound? It’s London calling! Here, the Clash’s Joe Strummer shows that hot-tempered punk aggression actually plays surprisingly well with cool accessories. There are a few cool tricks up - or, actually, on - Strummer’s sleeve here - literally. The snaps and choice of Western shirt is offbeat and cool, and gives the suspenders a rockabilly vibe. For the pant, choose one that’s narrower at the bottom, rolled up above the ankle if you’re feeling particularly Strummer’y, and in terms of fit, go looser. Remember: suspenders were designed to keep one’s trousers up, so show them off that’s way. Going tight just looks weird, so best let your suspenders go about their business - while you stylishly take care of yours.
Try: http://www.jjsuspenders.com/products/jet-set-classic-black-suspenders

 

8 Types of Ties (and When to Wear Them)

Let’s talk about ties. No matter what type of work you do, a gentleman should always have a few good ties on hand for interviews, special occasions, or even a night out when you want to look extra classy. When worn right, a tie can take even the most basic of looks up a couple notches. Below are 8 different types of ties, and how you can incorporate them into your wardrobe.

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Why You Should Never Wear Suspenders with a Belt

In the recent fashion world, there has been a quite a frenzy of debunked fashion no-no’s. This has created a world where it’s ok to wear white after labor day, brown and black are now an ok color combo, and women rarely match their shoes with their handbag. However, there are still some faux pas that must be noted. For JJ Suspenders, seeing someone wear a belt with their suspenders is definitely cringe-worthy. This is no arbitrary rule, here are some reasons why your shouldn’t.

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