Ties and suspenders traditionally suit very formal occasions like black-tie weddings and balls. These vintage accessories have also become more popular in recent years at costume parties like Great Gatsby and Roaring '20s themed events.
How to Wear Ties and Suspenders
Long ties are traditionally worn with suspenders. While boys should learn to tie a tie in time, clip-on varieties may suit young children better. You may like to add a tie clip to help your boys' neck tie lie flat against his shirt without getting caught up in his suspenders.
Bow ties are less commonly worn with suspenders, but they're a good choice if you're worried about your boy's neck tie falling in his meal! Sash bow ties that require tying are much more formal than clip-on varieties, although not as convenient for kids.
Center your boy's suspenders in the back and front using the clips attached. Secure them onto the top of his pants and jiggle them backwards and forwards until they lie flat. Since the suspenders work to keep the pants up, your boy needn't wear a belt.
What to Wear with Boys' Ties and Suspenders
The right match for ties and suspenders depends on your occasion. For formal events, it's hard to go past a white dress shirt and boys' suit. This should traditionally be black and paired with ties and suspenders of the same color. You may also like to purchase a white tie or pair of suspenders for formal occasions. Boys can wear all white accessories, or mix and match black and white.
Boys have a little more freedom when it comes to styling and color for more casual occasions like costume parties and daytime weddings. Keep the suspenders a neutral black or white, but feel free to add a pop of color with the tie. They can wear boys' dress shirts and pants and leave their boys' blazers at home.
Shop for Boys' Ties and Suspenders at thredUP
You'll find a wide range of designer boys' ties and suspenders for less at thredUP.
Cherokee has clip-on neck ties and bow ties which are easy for young boys to manage. They're available in black colors and subtle prints to suit a range of occasions.
Gymboree has more whimsical designs suitable for the youngest party guests. While they lack the refinement of more sophisticated accessories, they're a cute choice for boys under 10.
H&M has a range of boys' ties and suspenders. Imitation leather details on the suspenders add an air of sophistication while keeping the price down. The ties typically clip on so they're easy for kids to master.
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