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Style Guide: What Size Suspenders Should I Order?

What Size Suspenders Do I Need?

We get this question a lot and it certainly needs to be satisfactorily answered to ensure the suspenders you order here at SuspenderStore fit well and feel comfortable. Sizing for suspenders is going to vary for each person.

Easy Returns - Click Here to Learn MoreWe carry suspenders in 7 standard sizes - from 25-inch suspenders for Children up to 2 years old to 60-inch suspenders for Big and Tall folks. That's quite a lot of range in sizing options and we're happy to provide them for you.

Are Suspenders One Size Fits All?

The main thing to remember when it comes to sizing suspenders is that one size does not fit all. Now that we've kicked that myth to the curb, we can get down to the business of helping you find correct sizes for yourself and any other folks you are ordering for today.

Determining the right size suspender depends on a number of different factors including the height, weight, and body build of the person who will be wearing them. It is important to think about all these factors when determining size because even if two people are the same height and weight they might be built differently - with one being short waisted and the other being long waisted for instance - which could impact the correct sizing. Also, how high or low you wear your pants can also affect the length of suspender you need.

How to Measure for Suspenders

Yellow measuring tape

The absolute best way to determine the appropriate size suspender to order is to use a tape measure to accurately take the measurements of the person who will be wearing the suspenders. Starting at the top of the pants where the suspenders will attach in the back and running diagonally up over the opposite shoulder to the top of the pants in the front where they will attach will give you the distance the suspenders need to travel. Take that number and order the next size up.

All of our suspender lengths are given FULLY EXTENDED. This means that the suspenders can be shortened but not lengthened. If the measurement comes to 44 inches, then you would order a 48-inch suspender because the suspender can be shortened to 44 inches for an exact fit. However, if the measurement is 50 inches, you would order the 54-inch suspender and shorten it, because the 48-inch suspender is fully extended and cannot be lengthened further.

That being said - all suspenders have some amount of give to them. For all elastic suspenders, the entire suspender is stretchy and for non-elastic suspenders (leather, silk, grosgrain, etc.) there is an elastic piece below the cross patch in the back, which provides some stretchiness and give. Almost all suspenders also have metal adjusters on the front that slide up and down for more substantial adjustability.

Full view of pink and navy suspenders
Rear view of pink and navy suspenders
Most suspenders have a metal adjuster on the front that slides up and down so the suspenders can be shortened or lengthened. Non-­elastic suspenders also have an elastic section below the cross patch for additional give.

You should also consider where you would prefer this metal adjuster to fall on your chest when choosing your size. For instance, if you measure 42 inches exactly, a 42-inch suspender will fit you, but the adjuster will fall very low on your chest close to the top of your pants. If you prefer the adjuster to be further up your chest, you may want to choose the next size up (in this example, a 48-inch suspender) so the adjuster will fall mid-way up your chest.

Both these men could have worn two different length suspenders. The one on the left went with the shorter length and the adjusters hit just above the top of the pants. The man on the right choose the longer suspenders and the adjusters hit him high on the chest.
Model wearing gray and navy striped suspenders
Model wearing white and navy striped suspenders

How to Choose Suspenders as Gifts

Because suspenders make wonderful gifts, many times it is not feasible or practical to actually measure the person who will be wearing the suspenders. In that case, the best we can do is guestimate the correct size based primarily on height and somewhat on weight and build. Our website has size charts based on height on every page, which is as follows:

Our Size XXL XL L REG SMALL CHILD INFANT
Description 6'4" - 6'9" 6'1 - 6'5" 5'9" - 6'1" 5'0" - 5'9" 5 yrs old - 5'0" 2 - 5 yrs old 9 months - 24 months
Length (inches) 60" 54" 48" 42" 36" 30" 25"

As you can see, we provide sizing based on height ranges based on what length suspender fits MOST people in a given height range. If the person you are buying for falls at the high or low end of a particular height range, you should consider the following other factors:

  • Is the person heavy or slim?
  • Is the person particularly short or long waisted?
  • Does the person wear their pants particularly high or low?

If the person falls at the high end of a given height range and is particularly heavy, long-waisted or wears their pants low - then you probably want to move up to the next size. Conversely, if the person is at the low end of a given height range and is slim, short-waited or wears their pants high, you might want to try the next smaller size.

Suspenders in Non-Standard Lengths

You may notice that we carry some suspenders in different lengths than the standard lengths listed on our size chart. Most often you will see a 46-inch length - primarily on dress suspenders. The reason for this variation is that some of our suppliers only make their suspenders in that length in a "one size fits almost all" approach. 46-inch suspenders generally fit someone 5'2" to 6'1" tall. Occasionally, these same manufacturers will offer a 52-inch length as well. 52-inch suspenders generally fit someone 6" - 6'4" tall.

Our Western Leather suspenders - Rugged Comfort, Leather Galluses, Handcrafted Leather and Horsehair suspenders - come in Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large sizes. Because many of these suspenders are handcrafted, there is a large degree of variability between the sizes of the different suspender styles. We provide detailed sizing information for each type of western suspender on the individual product page. Please refer to these specific size guides to ensure a good fit. If it is absolutely impossible to measure the person who is going to be wearing these suspenders, the average length and height guestimates for these sizes is as follows:

SizeLength of SuspenderGenerally fits people:
Small 36 inches Under 5’6” tall
Medium 42 inches 5’6” to 5’10” tall
Large 48 inches 5’9” to 6’1” tall
X-­-Large 52 inches 6’1” to 6’5” tall

These suspenders adjust on the front via a belt buckle type attachment. Our length measurements above are with the belt set in the middle setting. Moving the belt attachment up or down allows about 2 inches of adjustment in either direction. In addition, most of our galluses have some adjustability on the elastic portion of the back. However, the elastic on the back of our Rugged Comfort and Handcrafted Leather suspenders is not adjustable and is also less stretchy.

Front view of brown leather suspender with belt buckle
Leather Suspenders typically have a belt buckle like adjuster on the front.

A final note on our leather suspenders is that while leather does not inherently have much give, with wear over time the leather will stretch slightly as it ages.

And remember, if you or someone you ordered for receives the suspenders and they don't fit, SuspenderStore has an easy return and exchange policy. Simply package the suspenders up, making sure to close the clips if they are clip suspenders, loosen the adjusters on all suspenders and follow the return and exchange instructions on the back of the packing slip. As long as the suspenders are returned in good condition (not worn, stained, etc.) within a reasonable timeframe (generally around 30 days with more liberal times during the holiday gift giving season), we're happy to provide an exchange or refund.

We're also happy to talk to you if you need further assistance determining the right size or type suspender to purchase. We have customer service representatives ready to answer any questions you might have from Monday - Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. If you call during non-business hours, you can leave a message and we will return your call. We are also available by email at info@suspenderstore.com.

Find the Best Suspenders for Men and Women of All Sizes

At SuspenderStore, we have suspenders in a delightful array of colors and patterns and materials. We make it easy to shop by style or attachment and you can check out our specialty collections as well.