Braces yourself

Contrary to Einstein’s belief on the now fashionable straps, suspenders were once a necessity. Dating back to 18th century France, suspenders were designed to hold up men’s trousers making the accessory vital for preventing wardrobe malfunction. The straps were first produced in an H shape and later developed into the more popular X and Y shape. Though invented early on, it was mass manufactured in the 1820s by British clothing designer, Albert Thurston and referred to as “braces” which was the British term for suspenders. Interestingly enough the accessory was never made for outward display, it was believed to be an undergarment, one that should always be hidden from the public eye. Any man caught wearing the straps over their dress shirts without a jacket was considered indecent. Good thing for modern times cause if displaying suspenders is wrong, we don’t want to be right!