What’s the deal with guys who wear belts and suspenders (braces) at the same time? What happened to them to make them so paranoid about their pants falling down? Maybe that’s too harsh–maybe they’ve just got a terribly misguided sense of style. All I know is that it kinda freaks me out whenever I see a dude wearing a belt and suspenders at the same time.
Around where I live, it’s mostly farmer/logger types that are the style victim. I’ve gotta give those guys the benefit of the doubt, though. I don’t know enough about the kind of work they do, but maybe there’s a very real possiblity that some wayward piece of logging equipment is prone to pulling down logger’s pants, and the belt/suspender combo is just the defense against such malfunction. Who knows.
When I play amateur psychologist, I imagine that guys who wear belts and suspenders simultaneously must have lived through some traumatic pants-falling-down experience. Then I try to imagine what that might be. They got “pantsed” in gym class? Their pant leg got caught in their bicycle chain and they didn’t notice until they were already laying on the ground and their pants were wrapped around the back wheel? Again, who knows. I do know that my own personal traumatic experience, in the eighth grade, of getting pushed into the gym wearing only my jockstrap was probably damaging to my psyche, but not quite damaging enough for me to wear two layers of pants security. So it’s hard to imagine what those guys must have gone through.