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Difference between suspenders & braces

Updated April 17, 2017

Generally, the British call all suspenders braces, but in the United States, there is a difference between the two based on the type of closure used to attach them to a pair of trousers.

Suspenders

In America, suspenders usually refer to the fabric or leather straps with a drop clip end that attaches to a pair of trousers. Sometimes in British English, however, suspenders refer to what Americans call garter belts, which are used to hold up stockings.

Braces

According to some American companies, braces usually refer to the leather or cloth strips with button ends that attach to trousers. For the British, however, braces refer to all suspenders.

Considerations

Usually there is no distinction between braces and suspenders except for a few select retailers. Most companies just recognise them as ways that two different countries refer to cloth or leather strips that are worn over your shoulders and hold up your trousers.

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Stella Etundi began writing professionally in 2009. She has extensive experience in copy writing. Etundi is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Texas.