Suspenders or Braces... which do you prefer?
I tried to find a definitive online, but unfortunately it is a matter of taste and geography.
Personally, I prefer "braces"... it has a more sophisticated ring to it- and since I love all things British I guess that just makes sense.
A few words of advice: NEVER----EVER wear "suspenders" that clip on! Equally tacky- all elastic fabrications. Neither are ever elegant....unless the look you are going for is the chic "redneck farmer couture", LOL. The button loops should always be a high quality leather too.. NO plastic!
Also note that if the braces you chose have grosgrain or thread loops, those are intended to be worn with formal attire and should not be donned for daily dressing- as almost all tuxedo pants do not have belt loops. This is the only reason to have a pair like this in your wardrobe.
When in doubt as far as which pattern to wear with a tie, etc. I suggest choosing a nice braided leather. Chestnut or black is a safe bet. If opting for fabric, again make sure it is of the highest quality- silk or nylon ribbon will stand the test of time.
A few labels that I have in my wardrobe have lasted forever.
Trust in: Trafalgar Brooks Brothers J. Crew Cole Haan Ralph Lauren, even Dockers makes a fairly good set of braces