Men’s Sock Garters (Suspenders) – Why Wear, How To Use, & Where To Buy

By Paul Anthony | Last updated: November 15th, 2017| Categories: Style |Tags: Braces / Suspenders, How To, Socks | 23 Comments
Men’s Sock Garters (Suspenders) – Why Wear, How To Use, & Where To Buy2017-11-15T08:06:22+00:00

In this article we shall be exploring the benefits of sock garters, how to wear them, and  where you can buy them.

For those of you who want to get to the punch, these are our top recommendations to buy now:

  • Amazon – Best Entry Level
  • Briar Vintage – Philadelphia, USA Vintage Retailer
  • Albert Thurston – Classic British Maker (Possibly the best maker – I personally have several pairs white labeled for Benson & Clegg)
  • Ebay & Etsy – For New &  Vintage (Search “Vintage Sock Garters” for best results)

We hope you enjoy this article, and as always please leave any questions or comments you may have below. Better still, feel free to explore our main suit and style content.

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Socks are an integral parts of a gentleman’s ensemble.

Often taken for granted, but can so easily destroy a well crafted look with an off color, saggy look, or too short (especially with the much appreciated reduction in men’s trouser length seen in recent years).

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It is our opinion that one should aim to never show ones legs, unless intentionally wishing to do so such as in the summer with your “sock-less” look (see no shows for help), or while wearing shorts.

Without further ado I shall put a sock in it, and get on with it!

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Why Wear Sock Garters

The likes of GQ refute the need to wear sock garters, stating that modern textiles are such that the sock won’t slip down the leg. This may be the case for some gentlemen, but for those of us who walk to work, between meeting, or god forbid up and down stairs, this is generally not the case.

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Further, if we are to take the recommendations of the aforementioned magazine and happen to have little to no break (or even negative break) in the trouser leg, the result is when sitting down the trouser leg shall rise, exposing more of the leg. [Note: we greatly support this, and should be a mandatory lesson in school as trousers are not intended to “swiff” the floor!].

Lastly, as trouser legs have become more fitted around the calf it has become increasingly difficult to pull up ones socks if they do begin to limp down the leg.

Man in red socks with no garters

Avoid The Slip & Sag

Enter the sock garter, a simple yet elegant “throw-back” solution to avoid the slipping and sagging of socks during daily activities.

How to Wear Sock Garters

Man putting on sock garters

Putting on your sock garters is a very easy process, only taking a few seconds in the morning and potentially saves countless sock grabs during the day.

Example of mens sock gartersClockwise from top left:

  • Put your socks on, and pull them up
  • Place the clasp on inside of the sock material, and fasten down (above we’ve attached them to the side of the leg, many men prefer to attach to the front for a single clasp design like this. Ultimately, it’s personal preference for the single clasp, and will practically always be side-to-side for the double clasp designs as shown in pictures below)
  • Connect the ends of the elastic together, making any size adjustment as needed
  • And that’s it! A few seconds for a day filled with perfect sock control

Authors Note: I wear sock garters most days, and can personally attest to the fact that after a few minutes you forget you even have them on….

Man in purple socks and garters

Where To Buy Sock Garters

Although sock garters are not easily found on the high street, they are in fact easy to find when one looks around. Below are three options.

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High End / Quality

It’s worth spending a few extra pennies for a higher quality pair that uses a wider elastic band, more solid clasp (easier to use), and most importantly have funky colors!

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In the USA: Paul Stuart is a good option (the above garters were purchased in the NYC store, which by the way is a must visit for any gentleman).

In England / Europe: Benson & Clegg have a fine selection, and offer unmatched customer service.

Vintage – Local, Ebay & Etsy

There is also something to be said for going the vintage route, especially if that ties into your entire wardrobe. The Paris example below originally cost only $2.00 (which is quite cool in itself), and they have a very robust metal clasp system that’s not breaking anytime soon…. The one thing to watch for is if the elastic is still good. If not it’s an easy fix to un-stitch and replace with a new piece…maybe in a cool color? (Most local dry cleaners will be able to do it, or give it a go yourself!)

Vintage mens sock garters

Locally: shops like Briar Vintage in Philadelphia often have a stock of sock garters, and other great vintage items to boot!

Online: Etsy is your best bet, and sometimes Ebay. Search for: “vintage men’s sock garters”, “old men’s sock garters”, “men’s sock suspenders”, etc…. (Omitting the “men’s” shall give you some nice visuals shall we say, but not too much of what we are actually looking for).

Entry Level

If you just want to give them a try, and not spend too much money, you can go for an entry level pair which should cost around $10-15 delivered to your door. The quality difference is evident, especially in the clasp, but at the very least shall show you the value of owning several pairs in the future (hopefully from the better options above).

Basic sock garters for men

Online: the best bets here are Amazon and Ebay.

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23 Comments

  1. Eddie Smith November 10, 2015 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I’ve never worn them before, but since I’m wearing suits more often think I will buy some to try. Thank you!

    • Paul Anthony November 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Good to hear Eddie. Let us know how you get on with wearing them.

    • Jeff. April 30, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

      I have worn sock suspenders since the age of 15 in 1955, when my gran bought them for me. I cannot tolerate wrinkled socks and snowing bare legs. It never ceases to surprise me the number of well dressed men who are let down by their shoes and unsightly socks.

      • Paul Anthony April 30, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

        1,000,000% Agree!

        Nothing more unsightly than a highly wrinkled sock.

        Appreciate your comment,

        – Paul

  2. Tommy December 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I have many pairs of sock garters. They’re not easy to find except online. I wear them every day to work or when dressed up for the evening. You do forget you have them on and it’s very nice to not worry about your socks making a puddle at your ankles. I hate it when I see men in interviews and cross their legs and see low wrinkled sock. They look messy and like they don’t care.

    • Paul Anthony December 29, 2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      I agree Tommy. Not to mention seeing bare skin!

  3. Brad May 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I agree that you forget you have sock garters on after a few minutes. I like them because no matter how well the sock is made, they always tend to slide down your leg. Thanks for a great article.

    • Paul Anthony May 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the comment, and to meet another “user”!

      Cheers – Paul

  4. Lewis Kuppermann December 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Where to buy a reasonable priced pair of garters?

  5. Dale January 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I tried and failed. The clip for the socks would only work on thin nylon, which cause my feet to sweat and smell. Why can’t they have the alligator style clips like those on suspenders (but smaller)? Those would work on any material.

    • Paul Anthony January 26, 2017 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      That’s a shame.

      I usually have no problem on my cotton, wool and cashmere socks with them…

      These ones http://amzn.to/2jXmLEe may work as have a clip. Good luck!

      – Paul

  6. MyMylon January 31, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Mr. Anthony – I’ve worn sock garters my entire life, in the belief a man is never properly dressed without them.

    I was struck by your reference to GQ’s comment about sock garters being unnecessary because of “modern textiles.” Please forgive my brashness – but whoever said that at GQ has no business commenting about men’s dress. I’ve tried every possible type of socks, and have yet to find any which do NOT fail. Gravity, abrasion and combinations thereof are the culprits.

    I am pleased to know someone of relative tender years (like yourself) actually “gets it” when it comes to classy/classic haberdashery. Thank you for the article!

    • Paul Anthony February 3, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Thank you very much for your comment, and 100% agree on all fronts!

      I feel there is at times quality control issues at GQ, which is a shame with all the resources at it’s disposal, and the “mind share” it holds for the younger gentleman as an authoritative voice within the menswear space.

      Yours,

      – Paul Antohny

  7. Jsmo June 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I like the idea of having something hold up my shorter socks, but I’m inclined to over-the-calf socks specifically because they don’t slide down. Is there a drawback that I’m not considering, or a better reason for short socks and garters?

    • Michael Oxman June 21, 2017 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Hi there,

      Thanks for the comment. Both crew socks with garters or over-the-calf socks will obviously keep your leg covered appropriately when wearing trousers, and we wouldn’t say there are drawbacks to either method. The bonus with garters is the additional way with which to style an outfit, which we’re always a fan of.

      We appreciate you reading!

  8. Jean-Pierrre van ESbroeck July 26, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    I like to see socks garters and it is very pleasant to wear them .Unfortunally my wife hate such kind of accessories
    I always wear knee socks especially with bermuda of shorts as in Australia New Zealand South Africa, . But in my country men don’t wear such kind of suit . I think I’m a misunderstood persoon!!

    • Paul Anthony July 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      We think you should keep on being misunderstood, by those who don’t know!

      All the best,

      – Paul

  9. Michael Fantore August 3, 2017 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I like sheer nylon socks with garters because they look good and feel cooler to me than heavy socks. I actually tried “over the calf” sheer nylon socks but they ended up “down at the ankles” in about 15 minutes

  10. Larry Czarnecki October 11, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I inherited what I think are some kind of sock garter or extension. They are a gold metal mesh and are about 2″ long from end to end. I don’t really know what they are. I wish I could attach a picture. There are two in the set. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Ted April 11, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Are you sure these are not cufflinks that wrap around the end of the cuff?

  11. Prakash August 30, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Hello.
    What are your thoughts of shirt stays to keep your shirts neatly tucked in throughout the day.

    • Paul Anthony August 30, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Yes I think that are fine to maintain a smart well kept look.

      I’ve never used them myself, but know some military friends who have and they liked them.

      Maybe I’ll get some to try, test and write a page on.

      Cheers – Paul

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