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It's not often that men have a truly unique fashion accessory to call all their own. There have been a few over the years, including ties, pocket squares and cuff-links, but suspenders are certainly the most curious and suave of the lot!
Sure, there aren't too many people in the world who could dare feign ignorance about such an iconic fashion accessory. But not many can claim to know the details we're about to divulge either.
This sporadically fashionable accessory has a 200-year-old rich history--which is also around the time it was invented. The first suspenders can be traced as far back as 18th century France, where they were nothing but strips of ribbon attached to the buttonholes of trousers. However, back then, they were considered to be no better than lingerie--never to be seen in public. In fact, believe it or not, the exposure of suspenders without a coat on top was considered to be a form of sartorial indecency till as recently as 1938!
By the early 1820s, British designer, Albert Thurston, began to manufacture the first known modern-day suspenders, and these same suspenders are still manufactured today! Original designs included the H-back, which was later replaced by the X-back; and finally, the Y-back, which is the most common type today. All three types are available in the retail market if you look hard enough.
The fashion world has had its share of ups and downs with suspenders. It has become one of fashion's most tumultuous trends that never seemed to completely die out. By the 20th century, the rage seemed to have simmered down. But since then, it has intermittently returned to fashion circles thanks to a never-failing ability to evoke a certain sense of composure and style.
Naturally, like most other fashion accessories, they're no longer restricted to men alone either, with women donning suspenders with just as much panache. So, despite the waxing and waning appeal of suspenders, we have a feeling this is one accessory that will never go completely out of style.
-Pictures courtesy Thinsktock-
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