History of Suspenders

Suspenders count years of history in our wardrobes. Nowadays, they serve more as a fashion statement piece to uplift any of your outfits, however, back in the day they used to be a very functional piece in every person‘s closet.

It all started in 18th century when suspenders were invented to be worn as undergarments. First-known suspenders were ribbons tied to buttonholes, but first modern version was created from tightly woven wool, boxcloth. Men’s fashion of the day called for extremely high-waisted pants that couldn’t be held by a belt, so British fashion designer, Albert Thurston, created an H-back design that was attached with leather loops. Only later he modified them to feature both the commonly found X- and Y-back designs.


Further on, wonderful invention of metal suspender clips was created and this way special buttons on the pants were not needed anymore. What is surprising, is that doctors used to recommend posture, exercise and the wearing of suspenders for all patients. However, with time belts became more popular than suspenders which were slowly going out of fashion.

As per women, working women adopted suspenders unisex look by Annie Hall only in the 1970s. In the 2000s, it became fashionable again for some younger women to wear suspenders. A style emerged from Mod subculture in the late 1960s through to punk rock and skinhead styles of the late 1970s into the 1980s. Finally with time suspenders became a fashion statement regardless of the gender which uplifts the whole outfit and gives it some class.

We are happy to share with you linen suspenders that are great to pair with Son de Flor skirts and trouses. Its a wonderful combination that allows you to add an extra touch to your outfit.

Suspenders in Terracotta Red are great with Classic Skirt in the same color.

If you are looking for a look of trousers that would go with with matching suspenders, have a look at Peg Leg Trousers in Ink Blue paired with suspenders in the same color.

Finally, for a Spring inspired look, we have Classic Skirt in Secret Garden paired with matching linen suspenders.

We are happy to remind you that throughout all April each parcel from Son de Flor will arrive with a special discount code worth 20% for your new favorite pair of Caboclo shoes in case you need one to match with our linen dresses or any other garment from your wardrobe! 



Hikers (2019).The History Of Suspenders - From Suspender Clips To HIKERS®. Available at:  https://hikersco.com/blogs/innovative-suspenders/the-history-of-suspenders-from-suspender-clips-to-hikers#:~:text=The%20Invention%20of%20Suspenders,wearing%20them%20over%20their%20shirts. (Accessed: 19 April 2021)