Who invented suspenders?

Pair of "Y" shaped suspenders
Pair of "Y" shaped suspenders. Stockbyte/Getty Images

The purpose of suspenders is hold up trousers. According to, "the first suspenders can be traced to 18th century France, where they were basically strips of ribbon attached to the buttonholes of trousers. As recently as 1938, a town in Long Island, NY tried to ban gentlemen from wearing them without a coat, calling it sartorial indecency." Unbelievably, early suspenders were considered part of a man's undergarments and politely kept completely hidden from public view.

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Original designs show suspender straps made of a tightly woven wool known as "boxcloth".