I finally got braces… at the age of 30

As I’m walking clients through the design of their suits, we address details like cuffs, pleats, and brace buttons.

For some reason these will elicit an emotional response from a lot of men. I hear, “I’ll NEVER wear suspenders” about 80% of the time – as if they have some inherent evil that takes them beyond the sartorial world and into the moral realm.

I don’t think I would’ve worn braces three years ago, but “never” is a strong word that has almost no place in the world of menswear. It should be saved for the higher spheres of morals and ethics.

Just remind me of this the next time you hear me say I’ll never wear cargo shorts, flip-flops, an xxxl T-shirt with a logo, or a suit with skinny lapels.