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Fashion Challenge: Wear Suspenders


Celebrities wearing suspenders: Lauren Conrad, Taylor Momsen, Kristin Stewart, and Selena Gomez

Suspenders probably don’t pop out at you as the most trendy item nowadays, but how great of a fashion opportunity does this present? After all, it’s always fun to rock something unexpected and try a new look.

When worn correctly, suspenders can give you a chic, androgynous look with a bit of a retro vibe. We know CF readers are fearless, so why not pick up a pair to play with and learn how to style them?

Ready to take on this week’s challenge? Read on for ideas to help get you started!

Tips and Tricks for Wearing a Pair of Suspenders

  • Add them to a pair of shorts. As seen in the photos of Lauren Conrad and Taylor Momsen above, suspenders look cool when attached to a pair of shorts and worn with a comfy t-shirt or tank top. Bonus points if your shorts are high-waisted or nautical!
  • Try them with a skirt. This is the perfect way to give a basic skirt-and t-shirt combo a nice vintage flair. Just don’t let your outfit get too busy — one pattern and two solid colors will look just right.
  • Dress pants are probably the most obvious way to wear a pair of suspenders (check out Selena Gomez photographed above or any picture of Chuck Bass you can find). Pair your look with a dress shirt, girly heels, and an androgynous watch.
  • Jeans work well with suspenders, too. Check out Kristen Stewart’s look above.
  • Jumpers can give you the same look as suspenders, but you don’t have to worry about buying a new pair or dealing with matching them to a pair of shorts.
  • Add girly accessories to keep from looking too masculine. Try dangling earrings, a delicate necklace, or a cocktail ring.
  • Wear with confidence. This is a bold look, so don’t you dare leave the house without a huge smile on your face! :)

Outfit Inspiration

Outfit 1: How to wear suspenders on a dress
Jumper, T-Shirt, Sandals, Watch

This outfit is girly and sweet – perfect for a summery day at the park! The great thing about this jumper is that the suspenders come with it, taking the hard part out of the equation. Pair it with a simple, pretty t-shirt — I love this bicycle print one because it’s cute and quirky without being too busy. Finish with a pair of sandals and a mens watch.

Outfit 2: How to wear suspenders with black shorts and wedges
Shorts, Suspenders, Shoes, Tank, Earrings

This outfit makes me think of cute Parisian girls riding around on bicycles with baguettes in their front baskets! To get this look, tuck a striped tank top into a pair of high-waisted shorts, and strap on a pair of suspenders. Finish the look with a pair of wedges and some girly earrings.

Challenge Accepted? Send Us Evidence!

Did you rock a pair of suspenders this week? Take a few snapshot and send them to fashionchallenge AT along with your name, school, a description of what you’re wearing, and any styling tips you might have! Also, include the URL of your blog if you have one for a little extra traffic :)

We can’t see what you girls come up with!


What do you think about suspenders? How would you style them? Are you going to take the challenge? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Posted on on June 23, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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19 Responses to “Fashion Challenge: Wear Suspenders”

  1. 1
    June 23rd, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I just wore suspenders today, paired with shorts :) got to say I really love them, and its an easy way to make a simple tee look a lil bit more interesting!

  2. 2
    June 23rd, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    i never really thought suspenders would be a fashion trend that I would ever try, but from the looks of those outfits they were definately asking me to wear them.

  3. 3
    June 23rd, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Hmmm…this is one challenge I don’t think I’ll try!

  4. 4
    June 23rd, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I only wear mine hanging down, usually with my shorts

  5. 5
    June 23rd, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I would definitely wear them. I have a black pair that used to be my dad’s that I want to try.

  6. 6
    June 23rd, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I used to live in suspenders back in the day ;D They were like America Eagle’s signature item.

  7. 7
    June 23rd, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Suspenders are great! Next up: bowties, fezs, stetsons.

  8. 8
    June 23rd, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Aik0- Heck yes!

    I love this trend. So fun!

  9. 9
    June 23rd, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I’ve been wanting to wear them but wasn’t sure how to. Thanks for the post! I was wondering if you think they are appropriate for business wear or are they too playful?

  10. 10
    June 23rd, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I have a pair of simple black suspenders that I bought a couple of years ago and they’re seriously one of my best fashion investments; I don’t know what it is about they just really make an outfit awesome.
    Suspenders and high-waist shorts are the ultimate match made in heaven

  11. 11
    June 23rd, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I think this is such a fun look, but whenever I have tried them on, my large breasts look even bigger and awkward… But super cute for ‘B’ cups ;)

  12. 12
    June 24th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I think suspenders would look good with hats (boat hats, bowl hats)… I’d love to try these looks, thanks for the inspiration! :)

  13. 13
    June 25th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I think suspenders are a fun look. I have many photographs of my mother wearing them when she was in high school. However, I had Ds, and whenever I wear suspenders, they make my breasts look even larger. I think for anyone A-C, they would look great.

  14. 14
    June 26th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I really want to try this idea. However I cant find any great places to buy them :-( I want a vintage pair really, or i might try raiding my dads/grandpas wardrobe!

  15. 15
    June 29th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Ive been reading this blog since i started college and this post really makes me think adding which looks are best for certain body types should be included with trying looks like suspenders. love the blog!

  16. 16
    December 7th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I have been wearing suspenders for about the last year. i have come to love them and rate them as my best accessories. all up i would have probably about 10 different pairs in different styles and colors. love them with jeans, shorts, high wasted skirts and most of all a pair of dress pants. i started wearing them on nights out on the town and mainly to work. my favourite outfit is a nice fitted white shirt with a little bit of ruffles down the front paired with black tailored wide leg trousers and beautiful heels then a pair of plain black skinny suspenders which are buttoned on. lllloooovvvvveeee this look and so do many males. so go on girls give them a go.

  17. 17
    May 4th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    i want to know what cellphones have Kristen Stewart,Blake Lively and Leighton Meester

  18. 18
    June 11th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Wear them on a Strapless/Bareback Dress or Strapless Top/Bodice!

    It would create a whole different look!

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