The return of suspenders

By Shannon Fahy


History repeats itself, and so does fashion. No matter how cringey or dated the item is, it is always going to make some sort of comeback.

Reflect back on the 80s, when neon was all the rage. Not all of us may have lived through it, but we’ve seen the vibrant photos and watched the movies that mark that time.

Now, reflect back on your teenage discos in more recent years. It would be a lie to say there wasn’t at least one person sporting a streamer of fuchsia, electric blue, and neon orange in their hair, and wrapped around their waist.

The same could be said about 80s acid-wash jeans that trended again back in 2008 and soon died out, but that’s not to say they didn’t experience a rebirth.

Now, we have moved on to our vintage denim jackets from the 90s and have whipped them out once more so we can call ourselves hipsters.

Fashion is not just a repetitive cycle of style. It is the rebirth of a mode of self-expression.

Not everyone has the same taste, whether it is: food, clothing, books, or people. Clothing is used to signify this, and through the recycling of style, people get the opportunity to express different sides of themselves that they may not have been in touch with the first time around.

The recycling of trends allows people to blend into an era that they may have missed out on. If present day society hadn’t accepted the return of the disco pants, then I would’ve been one envious daughter after seeing my mother’s 80s photos. However, some people may be disgusted by this love of mine. And that’s when we take into consideration personal taste.

The return is unavoidable. It’s inevitable. What we must consider is the concentration of its comeback.

For men, suspenders can be pulled off in a range of different looks. You’ve got the sophisticated suit suspenders like Harvey Specter wears in the TV show Suits, and Chuck Bass wears in Gossip Girl. You’ve got the hipster suspenders complimented with a dickie-bow and beard. And you’ve got the merely-for-the-fashion-statement suspenders that hang around the knees instead of actually fulfilling their role on your shoulders. The diversity of the suspenders is what makes them cater to more than one style sector and this is why they will make a successful return for men.

As for women, I can’t see them being as popular. The average woman’s go-to outfit isn’t a suit and nor can we use beards as a complimenting accessory. But on the flip-side, we do have the alternative. We can try our best to bring back the seductive silk of stocking suspenders and use their allure to toy with the attention of the Harvey Specters of the world.

So, remember when it comes to clothes, as long as you can work it with confidence, you will be stylish. Even if it is your own style or trend you are setting.


About the author: Shannon Fahy is a 3rd year Creative Writing student in the National University of Ireland, Galway. She lived in Boston, Massachusetts for the majority of her childhood, which she claims is where the seed was sowed for her growing love of writing. Her main writing interests include beauty & fashion as well as fiction. She runs a blog entitled Veering in Vintage Heels (look it up!), and hopes to one day enter into the world of publishing to help other writers share their work.


2 thoughts on “The return of suspenders

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