Humanities › History & Culture Suspenders Who invented suspenders? Share Flipboard Email Print Pair of "Y" shaped suspenders. Stockbyte/Getty Images History & Culture Inventions Famous Inventions Famous Inventors Patents & Trademarks Invention Timelines Computers & The Internet American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Mary Bellis Inventions Expert Mary Bellis covered inventions and inventors for ThoughtCo for 18 years. She is known for her independent films and documentaries, including one about Alexander Graham Bell. our editorial process Mary Bellis Updated March 06, 2017 The purpose of suspenders is hold up trousers. According to Time.com, "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. Albert Thurston Mark Twain First Patent For Metal Clasp Suspenders The H, X, and Y of Suspenders Original designs show suspender straps made of a tightly woven wool known as "boxcloth".