Braces or suspenders, whatever you like to call them, by some people they are thought of as an unusual choice for fashion – by others they can complete a sophisticated, up-to-the-minute-fashion look.
There used to be a time when men would only wear suspenders to work or at a wedding, but now they can be seen as quite fashionable in even everyday wear. Of course that’s not to say that mens braces for weddings is not a good time to wear them – we see a lot of wedding orders matching our midnight blue bow ties to our dark blue braces and the same with black, burgundy and other colours too. You can match a tie with your braces too or even a cravat – although bow ties are definitely the most common pairing that we see.
You don’t even have to match your bow tie with braces. You can go for a lovely mint bow tie with some beige braces. You can match our mid brown suspenders with the your shoes. So many combinations work and look fantastic. Here’s one of our favourite ever customer photos that was sent in:
You definitely want to be wary of the clips that your braces have. A lot of people selling online are selling extremely cheap suspenders with cheap metal that easily bends and breaks. Our clips on our High Quality braces range all have reinforced plastic clips to make sure that they maintain a good hold on your pants. I’m sure there’s nothing worse than your suspenders coming unhitched while at a wedding or something like that!
Every week on the popular show, Project Runway, Heidi Klum tells us, ‘One day you’re in and the next, you’re out’. And we all know it’s true. Fashion is ever changing. So where do ties fit in?
The necktie traces back to the time of the Thirty Year’s War (1618–1648). There was a brief period, in the 1990’s, when ties were not considered ‘cool’ and many men only wore a tie to a wedding, a high profile job interview or a funeral.
However, ties are now more popular than ever. A well-chosen tie is stylish, impressive and as much a fashion statement with the young as it is a wardrobe necessity with the traditional wearer.
A Great Fashion Investment
Ties are a great style investment because each tie purchased will match many shirts, immediately multiplying the number of available outfits in your closet. There aren’t many fashion items that can boast of achieving the same feat.
So how do you keep up with the changing trends? Owning some quality ties, in a few classic colours and in both regular andskinny tie widths, is the perfect way to be in fashion whatever the trend or occasion. Start your collection with the basic colors – red, blue, green – in the deeper shades, along with black, grey and silver. You can move on to other shades once you feel that more variety is required. And, when you purchase your ties online, those new ties will not tax your budget.
When it comes to ties, there’s no such thing as owning too many.
When the tuxedo was invented in 1886, bow ties found their niche as a mark of suave sophistication. In the Twentieth Century, James Bond and Fred Astaire epitomized the bow tie as a class accessory.
Traditionally, white and black bow ties have been reserved for formal occasions, like weddings and black-tie dinners, normally matched with other clothing items, accessories and sometimes a woman’s dress. The batwing and the butterfly are two of the most popular shapes of bow ties going. Butterfly bow ties are shaped like an hourglass and display a distinctive style of a bow look. Batwing bow ties present a more rectangular and narrow end.
The more colourful bow ties have tended to be worn by lawyers, physicians, architects and other professionals. Coloured bow ties are also strongly associated with some of the most distinctive characters on television.
The Casual Look:
Nowadays men wear bow ties outside of formal events. A bow tie in a casual setting shows confidence and style. The bow tie is increasingly taking its place as an important and trend-setting accessory in fashion shows and being worn by a growing number of fashion conscious men – and women.
Men’s Bow ties also gained renewed interest with the young generation when they were worn by some of the characters from the TV series “Gossip Girls”. The characters were seen wearing bow ties to social events and gatherings. After this, there were numerous other shows where characters were seen wearing bow ties. Fashion designers including Manolo Blahnik and Karl Lagerfeld, and even the San Francisco Giants’ pitcher, Tim Lincecum, also wear silk bow ties.
Our single coloured tie range is the only one like it in Australia. A collection of more than 10 products in 52 colours, of which several are quite unique. Our ties are purchased for many reasons; a new job, formal occasions, wedding ties for all round the country due to their high quality and value for money. Typically a $13-14 tie will have a cheap feel, far too glossy finish and not much weight. Aussie Ties’ products are well made to our specifications which of course means a quality feel akin to silk, a less lustrous finish that will photograph well and enough weight that you won’t have that feeling like you just bought something ‘cheap’. We have dozens of repeat clients ranging from schools, bridal salons, real estate agencies, promotions companies, fundraising groups and other corporate entities.
Our braces have high quality, sturdier metal whereas a lot of the cheap suspenders online you’ll find have clips that can easily break, bend or come apart which definitely would not be good if it happened at a formal occasion. Our clips are reinforced with plastic teeth to get a really firm hold on your pants, jeans or trousers.
Our cufflinks are made from a higher quality metal than many you’ll find online. You can compare them side by side on a scale to know that one is a much superior product. A lot of the time, cheaper doesn’t always mean better, but we definitely have the lowest prices you’ll see for the quality in the entire country.
Some colours are always in. We’d have to say that the most consistent colours over the years have been midnight blue and burgundy, especially in the men’s ties – sometimes you just can’t beat the beauty of a classic dark blue tie with a black suit .
They both have that air of distinction which makes them classy colours and they work well with a lot of suit and shirt combinations.
On the other hand, some colours will be extremely popular for a season or two and then fall off the map for a bit. This is often due to what colours are fashionable in wedding schemes for that year as they are a go to choice for groomsmen’s ties when matching the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Hot One Day, Not So Much The Next
Mint green is a good example of this. It used to be our biggest seller then other colours have come along and usurped it such as blush / dusky pink (sometimes known as dusty pink) which doubles nicely for when people are looking for a rose gold tie.
4-5 years ago, coral and our dark coral that some may call “salmon” were the colours of choice. Even sage green, a colour that we got in thinking it might sell okay had very slow and humble beginnings. The end of 2018 and 2019 however, we sold out of all our sage ties, skinny sage ties and sage green pocket squares here and at our franchises abroad suddenly as we hadn’t seen the demand coming until it was too late!
We’re always ready to listen to customers here at Aussie Ties so let us know if we don’t have a colour you need or you have a hot tip of a new upcoming colour!