A controversial item for some, braces can make or break an outfit.
Teenage hipsters matching these with a pair of Doc Martins, are not what we want to see.
A correctly worn pair of braces can produce the image of an Oxbridge aristocrat who has a ballsey stylist, or is not afraid to accessorise his suits.
Gareth Mallory is a recent addition to the James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, and wears this item of clothing in the perfect manner.
He is depicted here in the aristocrats natural environment; a classy, wood dominant office, somewhere in Whitehall.
Portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, Mallory wears a pair of Ede & Ravenscroft Dark Blue Fleur De Lys braces (suspenders). The subtle Fleur De Lis pattern on these suspenders certainly exemplify one traditional meaning of the flower; perfection.
An interesting question is why the stylist for Skyfall decided to befit Mallory in the risky accessory. Skyfall’s costume designer Jany Temime said: ‘You have to respect a certain style – English gentleman’. An English gentleman is certainly something Mrs Temime has created in M.
Prices for these were from £55, but are no longer available new. Similar braces are available from £45 on their website edeandravenscroft.com