Suspenders are a great way to not only amp up your style but also provide some much-needed support for your pants.
Whether you plan on partying till the late hours at your friend or relatives wedding, or are simply looking for some required support for work, below we will be reviewing a wide variety of suspenders, which we think, will meet your unique needs.
In addition to providing in-depth reviews from all the best suspender brands, we will also be sharing with you a few things to look out for when purchasing a pair of suspenders.
Let’s dive in.
The Best Men’s Dress Suspenders
1. Best Overall: Col. Littleton No.2 Men’s Suspenders
As Col. Littleton says, “You can’t make extraordinary leather products from less than extraordinary leather.” These leather suspenders are made with a lifetime warranty, a true testament to the company and its values. They are also made to be casual, making them the perfect suspenders to wear with jeans or khakis. These are great for men who want a high-quality pair of suspenders that transition easily between different outfits.
Col Littleton has been highly sought after for over thirty years and is a household name in the leather business. These suspenders are made with the brand’s vintage brown polished leather and paired with solid brass hardware. They sport an adjustable design, which is great for both tall or short men, and the solid brass hooks allow for 9 inches of adjustment to the straps on the front.
These No.2 Suspenders come with three suspender clasps that you can easily attach to your pants.
Other men have rated these suspenders as outstanding. Many loved the excellence behind both the materials used and the craftsmanship.
- High quality
- Excellent craftsmanship
- Made from full-grain leather
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2. Best for a Tuxedo: Nordstrom’s Men’s Tuxedo Suspenders
These narrow and classic suspenders by Nordstrom are perfect for men on a budget that still want to look great for a formal occasion – such as a black-tie event, wedding, or gala. Have an event or a formal night out? These are the suspenders you’ll want to go with.
These suspenders rely on a sleek satin design and are trimmed with finely classic leather. The elegant design is eye-catching, you will be looking like a million bucks, even though they are incredibly affordable!
While their distribution is a bit limited – sold only at Nordstrom – their free shipping/free return policy should make picking these up pretty effortless. Other men found these suspenders are “excellent quality”, “elegant”, and “sharp”.
- Great for a fancy occasion
- Perfect for men ready to party
- Limited use
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3. Best for Big & Tall Guys: DXL X-Back Men’s Suspenders
The DXL X-Back Suspenders are made for men that want a quality and comfortable suspender for their naturally larger frame. Sometimes it can be hard for men who range into larger sizes to feel comfortable in what they wear, especially with suspenders. This pair from DXL will make take away the discomfort in wearing suspenders that are made for average men.
Made from 100% nylon (perfect stretch material!), these suspenders by DXL offer a fair bit of stretch and versatility thanks in part to the naturally flexible fabric coupled with the front adjusters. Made to work with men up to 6’1” tall – these suspenders should work well to provide just that little bit of extra support.
As far as color variety, these X-Back Suspenders come in two conservative (yet versatile) color choices: black or navy. Both black and navy are colors that you’ll be able to wear interchangeably with a great majority of outfit colors you have in your closet.
DXL brand provides one of the best selections of big and tall men’s XL clothing out on the market. They size up to 8X and waist size 72, a true benefit to larger men wanting to feel comfortable.
Other men share a common love for the product. Many say they are extremely comfortable while being supportive at the same time, something that can be hard to find.
- Made for big and tall men
- Sizing may not fit average men
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The Best Men’s Work Suspenders
4. Best Overall for Work: Dickies Straight Clip Men’s Suspender
The Dickies Straight Clip Suspenders are high quality and heavy-duty; resulting in an eye-catching design while still being wearable. It’s a breath of fresh air to find a pair of suspenders that look expensive (but aren’t!) while still being wearable and comfortable, too.
These classic solid suspenders are elastic and have a great fit with four metal clips that will attach easily to any pants, jeans, or trousers. This is a great versatile pair that you will be able to wear interchangeably to work, around the house, or out with your spouse. They come in a variety of six colors, including neutrals that will complete almost any look. Having multiple color combinations is a great detail as you can choose what suits your wardrobe the best.
They were made with usability in mind, very customer-focused. If you need to make a midday adjustment, you can easily slide the two slide clips for further comfort; this feature is a game-changer! These suspenders are marketed as an ideal pair for work or to dress up a casual look. Big and Tall sizes are also available, making these suspenders a great option if necessary.
Other men have commented on what a great bang for their buck this pair is, as well as the heavy-duty feature to truly hold up well over time.
- Easy to use
- Wide range of colors
- Durability is unmatced
- May not hold up lightweight pants
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5. Best for Heavy Duty Work: Carhartt Men’s Utility Suspender
Carhartt is one of the most trusted brands for the workforce.
The Carhartt Men’s Utility Suspender is a versatile x-back suspender that is available in a wide array of 10 colors, perfect for men who like to change up their look. With 2-inch, heavy-duty, and elastic suspender straps – they will feel mighty comfortable given the greater distribution of pressure on your shoulders.
The adjustment piece sports the Carharrt logo and is chrome plated – a nice little detail that shares your sense of style.
These suspenders are made in the USA (a rarity in clothing brands these days) and are the perfect pair for heavy-duty use.
- Variety of colors
- Made in USA
- Potential clamping mechanism issue
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How to Choose Suspenders
Where do you intend on wearing your suspenders? There are different types for different occasions. Thinking about whether you plan on dressing up, wearing them to work, or throwing them on casually will make all the difference when it comes to purchasing. Here’s a brief overview of each:
- Made from nicer materials to give an overall highly put together look
- For an office setting and appropriate attire for the workplace
- Paired with nice trousers or dress pants to complete an ensemble
- Most commonly used for weddings and formal events
- Decorative rather than functional
- Hipster or smart casual type of look
- Wear casual suspenders appropriately when going on a coffee date or for a fun night out
- Made for utility
- Supports weight (may contain pockets)
- Often wide straps for comfort
2. Type of Suspenders Made
You will want to consider the different types of suspenders as well. There are both button and clip-on suspenders and which one you’ll choose depends on personal preference. Historically, button suspenders were used to give off a more polished, high-end look. Clip-on suspenders have been more linked to comfort and ease of use.
There are many different materials used for making suspenders. However, we found that the most popular were leather, canvas, and elastic. Here’s a brief look at each and why they might be the perfect pick for your collection:
Leather has options in either full-grain, top-grain, or genuine.
Full Grain: Considered the best, having thick parts of cowhide that last forever when cared for properly. It is worth noting, that some full grain leather may have some slight surface imperfections as this is largely retained as the hide is treated and tanned.
Top Grain: A great alternative to full-grain leather will be top-grain leather. With a slightly sanded surface, top grain leather removes imperfections on the hide itself. Furthermore, like full-grain, top grain leather will develop a nice patina.
Genuine Leather: A true marketing gimmick that causes confusion for many. Genuine leather is a mix between leather bits and a binding agent (glue) – making it just a slight step above cheap bonded leather.
Canvas is great for men who want that more causal and natural look in their style. However, there are a few notable characteristics with this fabric – with the most prominent being the stiffness of the fiber itself. Unlike elastic (covered next), canvas has absolutely no stretch or give. To counteract this, companies use a slide buckle to help adjust to your body.
Elastic, unlike canvas, is primarily stretchable and bends with the body making this type of suspender one of the most comfortable out there. However, elastic will likely stretch over time with heavy use. This is good for those men looking for a suspender to wear infrequently.
4. Strap Adjustments
When it comes to strap adjustments, know that 99.9% of all suspenders have these so there is no worry about looking for this detail.
What you do need to consider are size and style. Be mindful that larger slide fittings are typically more casual and work-oriented. Strap adjustments have been designed for functionality over appearance.
The dress strap adjustments are often metallic and much narrower in width-as commonly found on wedding or tuxedo suspenders.
5. Suspender Width
Suspender width can vary between narrow, medium, and wide.
When looking at width, narrow is more situated for smart, casual, or trendy settings, such as a Saturday date night with your significant other.
Medium is often used for either dress or formal occasions. These are most commonly used for weddings, funerals, and galas.
Wide is a bit more comfy, lending themselves to be favored for work and heavy-duty suspenders or even casual use.
So, take a minute to think about the occasions that you will be wearing these suspenders to make sure that they won’t look out of place.
6. Strap Shape
When observing suspender strap shape, take note that there are three options: X-Type, Y-Type, or H-Type.
The X-Type is for casual or work wear. This type provides a casual look while being supportive and appropriate for the workplace.
Y-Shape has narrower lines than the other two shapes and is most commonly used for dress wear.
Lastly, the H-Type is not made for dress or casual like X and Y. This type is only found in heavy-duty cases like firefighters or police suspenders.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.