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 accent pieces that can make a big statement 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. And, yes, there will be opportunities to show them off, like when you remove your jacket to hit the dance floor.
When styling suspenders, Aaron Clanton, CEO of 9tofive, says, "keep suspenders simple when suiting up for a wedding. Weddings are formal occasions and on the off chance you remove your beautifully tailored Dinner Jacket, you still want to look the part of a serious gentleman. Black tie, black shoes, black suspenders (can’t miss)."
From understated to slightly statement-making, we've researched the best suspenders for grooms and groomsmen with these key features in mind. For the groom who loves a classic and clean look, we love the Trafalgar Regal Silk Formal Suspenders and the Men's Wearhouse Fancy Black Silk Braces. Want a little extra oomph? Go for The Tie Bar Linen Row Silver Suspender or The Tie Bar Mini Dots Black Suspender.
Meet the Expert
Aaron Clanton is the CEO of 9tofive, a Black-owned menswear brand based in Brooklyn, New York that's on a mission to make renting suits and tuxedos as streamlined as their styles.
Read on for the best suspenders for grooms and groomsmen.
For a Winter Wedding
Brooks Brothers Harris Tweed Stripe Suspenders
We love this option for its subtle pop of dimension throughout. 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.
Price at time of publish: $100
For a Black-Tie Wedding
Jos. A Bank Stretch Silk Suspenders
Hosting a black-tie event? Silk suspenders are an understated choice and an elegant finish to any formalwear look. The striped design on these silk suspenders will blend seamlessly with your tuxedo.
Price at time of publish: $65
For the Classic Groom
Trafalgar Regal Silk Formal Suspenders
These refined and classic suspenders will work with any color suit but look particularly sophisticated under a black tuxedo jacket. With its fine silk and calfskin details, we promise you'll wear these over and over again.
Price at time of publish: $105
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.
Price at time of publish: $100
For a Refined Wedding
Men's Wearhouse Fancy Black Silk Braces
Fancy is right! These 100 percent silk suspenders featuring leather button-stays provide a luxurious look and comfort. And a semi-affordable price, these must-have braces give you chic style on a budget.
Price at time of publish: $45
For a Destination Wedding
The Tie Bar Linen Row Silver Suspender
You can never go wrong with simple suspenders. From this unique silver shade to pastel pink, this style comes in several colors that match any season and wedding style–from a casual destination wedding to a formal black-tie affair.
Price at time of publish: $25
Best Convertible Style
Trendhim Wide Blue-Grey Convertible Suspenders
For a sophisticated pop of color, wear this simple navy style with comfortable wide straps. It's a fashionable pairing against a crisp white shirt and can be worn everywhere from a casual wedding to a black-tie event and everything in between.
Price at time of publish: $35
Club Room Men's Diamond Print Suspenders
Your partner won't be the only one wearing a diamond on your wedding day. Opt for this diamond-printed design to rock some "bling" of your own. We love how this subtle yet eye-catching print adds a bit of texture to any groom or groomsman ensemble.
For a Fall Wedding
Trafalgar Men's Formal Pindot Silk Suspender Braces
These suspenders hit formal wedding attire right on the dot! This grid pin-dot pattern is the perfect mix between subtle and striking. Wear it with a plain black tux and white shirt for a classic look with an unexpected twist.
Price at time of publish: $95
For a Spring Wedding
Roundtree & Yorke Solid Suspenders
A classic look in blue, light green, rose, or black, these suspenders belong in every man's closet. We especially love the leather end pieces. Plus, they're versatile enough to last you long beyond the wedding day.
Price at time of publish: $28
Best For Dancing
Wembley Solid Stretch Suspenders
If the dance floor 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 and staying comfortable from the ceremony to the after party.
Price at time of publish: $22
For the Modern Groom
Paul Stuart Solid Braces
Minimalist meets modern with these Paul Stuart suspenders that are made for the man who describes his style as classic but with a twist. Simple in design, these suspenders add a touch of sophistication to your tux without overwhelming your overall look.
Price at time of publish: $135
For a Beach Wedding
Goodfellow & Co Men's Solid Suspenders
While khaki pants might not always be very appropriate for the groom or groomsmen to wear on the big day, you can still infuse some chill beach vibes with tan suspenders. The faux-leather detailing adds some sophistication and helps to elevate the look.
Price at time of publish: $13
For the Trendy Groom
The Tie Bar Mini Dots Black Suspender
Who says suspenders have to be boring? Show off your personality with suspenders in fun colors or patterns. We love a polka dot print like this one because it is a great way to inject a little whimsy into your wedding day look.
Price at time of publish: $25
For the Vintage Groom
Wembley Stretch Elastic Suspenders
If you're a groom who leans towards styles with a vintage vibe, nothing says old-school quite like these suspenders. You can instantly nail the retro look thanks to the subtle black and grey detailing.
Price at time of publish: $26
What to Look for in Formal Suspenders
Suspenders can be an excellent addition to your formal wedding ensemble. When looking for the best option for your wedding day, first consider the color scheme of your outfit. Generally, the tie you're wearing should differ in the color or texture of the suspenders–if you're wearing a white shirt under your suit, consider navy blue or black suspenders.
You'll also want to make sure the key features of suspenders–the clips, buttons, and fabric–are high quality, so you can ensure a comfortable and secure fit that lasts all the way through the wedding and beyond.
What's the difference between suspenders and braces?
Braces refer to suspenders that specifically only attach via buttons at the waist (the term is mostly used in England). Suspenders can be fastened with buttons or metal clips.
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.
"Whenever possible, go with button suspenders," Clanton advises. "Button suspenders have a more classic look and work better than clip-on as they are secured to the inside of the trousers. During a wedding reception dance battle, I’ve seen several people re-clip suspenders, but I’ve never seen a person re-button them."
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. For instance, if you're wearing a solid color tie, you might pair it with suspenders featuring a textured print, such as Club Room Men's Diamond Print Suspenders.
What should you not wear with suspenders?
"A belt! It may sound obvious, but belts and suspenders should not be styled together," Clanton advises. "To further elevate your look, I recommend in formal settings wearing either button suspenders or a well-fitted pair of trousers (so you can skip the belt). Belts are for most days, but not for special days."
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.
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