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Whether you’re a groom or groomsman, you want to look your absolute best on the big day. Your suit or tuxedo is, by far, the biggest choice you’ll make stylistically, but there are small details to consider, like suspenders, that can make or break the look.
Though designed for function, suspenders are one of those accents that can make a big statement (and, yes, there will be opportunities to show them off, like when you remove your jacket to hit the dance floor or for that totally nonchalant jacket-tossed-over-your-shoulder pose for photos) whether you choose a sleek black or white style with polished hardware, a timeless pattern like herringbone or stripes, or a rich texture like silk or satin.
If suspenders are purely a pragmatic choice for you, take the understated route with a minimal style that coordinates with your suit (black, navy, or gray are often fail-safe). Then again, a subtle motif or leather accent may be the exact add-on you need for a skosh of texture.
From understated to slightly statement-making, ahead, our edit of the best suspenders for grooms and groomsmen.
Best Budget: H&M Herringbone-Pattern Suspenders
What's more attractive than you in these suspenders? The price point. These H&M suspenders are a total steal and a great budget-friendly gift for your groomsmen.
For a Winter Wedding: Brooks Brothers Harris Tweed Stripe Suspenders
For a bit of texture, tweed is a strong move and is the perfect material for the groom who covets a vintage vibe. Crafted from woven wool, tweed is also an ideal fabric choice for a winter wedding.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: Jos. A.Bank Satin Suspenders
Hosting a black-tie event? White satin suspenders are an understated choice and an elegant finish to any formalwear look. If you're more of a minimalist groom, these satin suspenders will blend seamlessly with a white shirt.
Most Comfortable: J.Crew Drake's Suspenders
If you've asked your groomsmen to wear navy suits, then consider this the finishing touch to their wedding day look. Crafted with high-quality elastic and fasteners, your groomsmen will also appreciate how comfortable they are.
Best Convertible Style: ASOS Design Wedding Suspenders
For a sophisticated pop of color, wear this simple navy style. It's a fashionable pairing against a crisp white shirt and can be worn everywhere from a casual wedding to a black-tie wedding and everything in between.
Best For Dancing: Wembley Solid Stretch Suspenders
If the dancefloor is calling your name, you definitely don't want to hit the reception without these suspenders. The stretch material is ideal for busting a move.
For a Beach Wedding: Goodfellow & Co Men's Solid Suspenders
While khaki pants might not be very groom or groomsman appropriate, you can still infuse some chill, beach vibes with tan suspenders. The faux-leather detailing adds some sophistication and helps to elevate the look.
Searching for suspenders? We've answered six common questions grooms and groomsmen have when shopping for the dapper accessory.
- What's the difference between suspenders and braces? Braces refer to suspenders that only attach via buttons at the waist (the term is mostly used in England). Suspenders can be fastened with buttons or metal clips.
- What are the different types of suspenders? There are three main categories: clip-on and button suspenders which we previously mentioned and belt-clip suspenders that attach to the belt loop of your pants.
- Are suspenders appropriate for a wedding? Yes, and they're sometimes a must for black-tie weddings. As for what kind to wear, button suspenders typically give off a more formal appearance and are often the version deemed most appropriate for weddings.
- Can you wear a tie with suspenders? Yes, a tie or bowtie goes great with suspenders. Traditionally, the two should contrast in color and print.
- Can you wear a belt and suspenders? You should wear either one or the other. If you're having trouble deciding, belts help to tighten your pants around your waist while suspenders hold the pants in place. Choose one depending on your needs.
- How tight should suspenders be? The straps should sit parallel to each other across your chest. They should fit snug around your shoulders and shouldn't be so loose that they're hanging down. Comfort is ultimately key.