October 20 is Suspender’s Day – a special day to remember the age-old history of this stylish and functional accessory. Suspenders were first mentioned in Europe during the time of Louis XIV, and modern suspenders were invented by Albert Thurston in 1820, and patented by Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) 50 years later. Throughout the years, suspenders went in and out of fashion, but they remain a versatile and classic accessory.
Suspenders are made on a fabric or leather basis and worn on the shoulders to hold up the pants. In the early 1900s, suspenders were mainly worn by farmers and workers, however in the 1960s their popularity began to rise again, particularly among the working class who paired them with skinny jeans. In the 1970s, with the rise of the unisex trend, women began to wear suspenders too.
- The first mention of suspenders in Europe was during the time of Louis XIV.
- At the beginning of the twentieth century, the fashion for suspenders faded, they were worn by farmers and workers.
- In the 1960s, the demand for suspenders began to increase, but among the working class, they paired them with skinny jeans.
- In the 1970s, in the wake of the unisex trend, women began to wear suspenders.
How to take part
Celebrating Suspender’s Day is easy. Put on your favorite pair of suspenders and show off your style. If you don’t have any suspenders, you can always make your own or go shopping for a new pair. You can also take the time to learn more about the history of this accessory and share your experience on social media with the hashtag #NationalSuspendersDay.
When is Suspender’s Day celebrated in 2023?
Suspender’s Day is observed on October 20 each year.