Thursday, October 9, 2008

Suspended Animation

Brace yourselves, darlings!Whether with a skirt, short or pants, suspenders add interest and a cheeky menswear vibe to any ensemble!

Left: A fab suspendered vest photographed by Fellow Fashionista Kamel of STYLE AND THE CITY .
Right: Gucci Spring 2009 detail photo.
All runway pictures via except where noted.Costello Tagliapietra suspendered pink perfection...
Wonder where the boys got their inspiration for this look? See the next pic!
Designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra and their "decorative" braces.
Rag & Bone, via
Ailanto's skinny braces
This photo courtesy Spanish Vogue
Jean Paul Gaultier
Left: Marithe + Francois Girbaud, via - CC adores this look!

Right: VPL
Yohji Yamamoto
Twinkle, courtesy
The V-front:
Harlan Bel, via and
... Gossip Girl chic: "Jenny Humphrey" in a braced kilt. This photo courtesy menswear look from Venice, CA store The Stronghold, featured on
Lederhosen photo at left courtesy Fellow Fashionista Mrs. French of Bliss.
Grey Ant denim overalls; this and next 2 at

Left: Mason by Michelle Mason pencil skirt with suspenders (back view)
Right: Diane von Furstenberg Suzie Q dress
Lark & Wolff by Steven Alan workwear jumper, at
Stylein Liv triangle print high waist mini dress. Go to
Wolfwhiste corset belt with braces, at
VPL suspendered tank at
Breuer striped nylon suspenders with leather trim. Visit
Diesel Bretelprint Braces at
It's time to get suspended, right?


La Belette Rouge said...

I guess in a time when people are losing their skirt and pants and other assets in the market it is good to know you won't lose yours thanks to suspenders. But, I am going to pass on this trend. Suspenders make me think of Robin Williams on Mork and Mindy. Think I will stick with a belt.

Carrie, I am endlessly amazed at your ability to pull all the trends together with so many amazing examples.

S (formerly of Modern-Guilt) said...

I've wanted some suspenders for a little while now, THANK YOU for this post CC, such inspiration as to how to wear them once I get my hands on some good ones :)

Unknown said...

oh i think suspenders are totally hot! love this trend too :)

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

i so want to try this look come Fall!

Unknown said...

love the menswear look and suspenders just add to that!

Unknown said...


please sir said...

These are so great - not sure if I can pull them off, but I love when a guy does!

♥ Cara Mia ♥ said...

i dig the suspenders! like to wear them hanging down over jeans though. love the girbaud ribbon look, nice color contrast. :)
cara mia

Couture Carrie said...

BR: Thank you! That is so sweet :)

S, you are quite welcome; I can totally see you rocking this trend!

Issa, Maegan & PS - I completely agree! Menswear inspiration is the best...

Emily: That link is fantastic - great call!

Cara - I adore that look as well!

Thanks for all your amazing comments and insights, darlings! Keep 'em coming :)


Nemerae said...

First of all, I've tagged you, bcos I love your blog; so check my blog please :)
I don't like this trend too much... just in some cases, like these grey shorts by Twinkle, the girl caught by Style And The City or the pink&black one by Harlan Bel *.*
Anyway, I prefer the suspenders for men.

leeselooks said...

i loved rag & bone spring 09.


i might have to test them out!
i love the whole masculine vibe.


Hunters Glory said...

On women yes!!!
On men .... no thanks!

Trendology said...

I have yet to master the suspender look but I love the way it looks.

Dana (MODAna) said...

I love this look but sadly it does not love me and my big boobs back

Mónica said...

I've never worn them, and I don't think I will, but I learn to never say never...

Anonymous said...

I love this look! Fabulous inspiration. I will certainly be wearing suspenders come our fall :)

Anonymous said...

i quite love suspenders. and your last post was fucking brilliant

Bella Harris said...

I'm definitely feelin it... gotta get some!!

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

loving the menswear look...suspenders made famous by Larry King?? ;) CC you always amazed me at your fab compilation of images dear...

WendyB said...

I'm wondering if I wore suspenders in the '80s.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I love 'em and I hate 'em at the same time!

Eeli said...

I completely agree with you here! They definately add some intrigue to ANY outfit!

Elizabeth said...

The suspenders-and-a-belt look always make me scratch my head.

I like the look, but not on me.

Lissa said...

Ahh I've been looking for a good pair of suspenders that aren't hideous. This gives me a good idea of where to look...thanks!

ashleigh said...

i love your eye for trends :)

i have a couple of suspenders hanging out from bits and pieces, now i have a few ideas of how to wear them! great post my dear!

VIVI said...

More 90s tendences. I have the suspenders.

Sara Morante said...

There, on the pictures, looks fantastic, but back to reality, I don't understand the use of suspenderes.. Nice things in fashion should also be functinal. Am I too "encorsetada"? ;)

Marian said...

I heart those peg Yohji Yamamoto pants! I love suspenders/braces,they have such a Charlie Chaplin aura to them. You should become a trend forecaster/reporter my darling. You write about them so well.
Have a fabulous and utterly relaxing wknd ahead honey!

Planeta Isabelino, variedades a lo fino said...

Carrie, I am amazed as well at your ability to mix all the trends together with so many gorgeous examples!

I love suspenders!


Chronicles of Dolliedaydream said...

Loving the skinhead n braces revisited look. Am feeling the need to stop by at Fred Perry tomorrow and stock up on winter mod wear :-) happy weekend CC x

Missa said...

Thankyou for reminding me, I always forget about my suspenders. I need to get them out more!

Also, I just saw some really cool Free People skinny leather ones with metal clips that hook onto your belt loops.

Aline said...

vaya selección, mega curro!!

Amazing looks!!

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kokostiletto said...

OMG. i never knew that suspenders were back in! i seriously seroiusly saw a male colleague of mine wearing some the other day! i think i might get a pair!

Fashion_Girl22 said...

Suspenders are an absolute must at so point in your life! I used to love them last year. I still do just a bit. ^_^

Songy said...

that's a fashion item I totally forgot about. I wonder how long they have to be to cover my long upper body..

is eating cookie makes your skin breakout at all? how's that product going? I remember about three months ago you bought new stuff right;? do you remember?

Sasi said...

Oh, suspenders are too cute! Mmm...