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The webmaster, Pat Cryer, as a young child

Trouser braces
to hold up men's trousers

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Front view of a man wearing braces

Two screen shots from an old film showing the front and back views of a man wearing braces to hold up his trousers.

Back view of a man wearing braces
Men's braces, boxed, in shop condition

Men's braces, boxed, in shop condition, photographed in The Lightbox.

Although I can't be sure of the range of dates when all men seemed to wear braces to keep up their trousers, I can say that it was entirely normal while I was growing up. Even when younger men started wearing belts, older men continued to wear braces. My father was still wearing them until he died in the 1970s.

Braces consisted of elasticated straps that went over each shoulder and buttoned onto the insides of trousers. At that time, all trousers were sold with these buttons.

Braces came in various sizes and could be adjusted to suit the height of the wearer with toothed clips that can clearly be seen in the photo of the boxed braces.

I suppose that braces must have been much more comfortable than belts, particularly for men with large stomachs - not that that was common in the war years and the years of austerity afterwards.

If you can add anything to this page, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Pat Cryer, webmaster

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This website Join me in the 1900s is a contribution to the social history of everyday life in 20th century Britain from the early 1900s to about 1960, seen through personal recollections and illustrations, with the emphasis on what it was like to live in those times.