Trouser Support Illustrated


Still confused about your options for trouser support? A reader of this blog asked for an infographic of how James Bond holds up his trousers, and while this illustration does not relate directly to James Bond, it shows four different ways Bond’s trousers are held up. It includes the classic belt and braces as well as Bond’s quintessential side-adjusters, both DAKS tops kind that Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore and the slide-buckle style that Daniel Craig wears.

Click on the image to see it in a larger size.


  1. Matt,
    Thanks for your blog and the attention to detail with your articles. I have learned a lot. Still have more to learn. Granted, some stuff is still confusing to me. Hopefully, time and experience will fix that.

    Anyway, about suspenders. I have seen people where suspenders with pants that have belt loops. They do not where a belt just the suspenders. Is it appropriate to wear suspenders with pants that have belt loops or side adjusters? Do they make pants specifically designed for suspenders? The pictures above would seem to support that.


    • Ideally, trousers for braces will be cut especially for braces. They have a fishtail back, which is raised to allow the back of the braces to sit higher. Bond does not wear such trousers, so I did not illustrate the braces trousers that way. You may have noticed that Ralph Fiennes’ trousers in Skyfall have tabs in the back that raise the back of the braces in a similar way. Still, none of that is necessary. It’s okay to wear braces with trousers that have side adjusters or even belt loops.

    • Thank you for saying this, Matt. Some people go a little too far in their support of braces (no pun intended) in saying that one has to get belt loops removed, side adjusters are improper, or even that one needs the old fashioned fishtail back. The tabs on the back of Fiennes’ trousers are novel, however. They give the benefits of going with braces and high back (comfort) or without (clean look).

  2. Very good illustration of various types of trousers supports. I especially like the daks tops aspetto Sean Connery wore.
    Which program do you use for these infographics?

  3. Matt, or anyone else, do you know where I can find a sewing pattern for a slide-buckle side adjuster. I’ve Googled just about every combination of words I can think of.

  4. Hi! I have a question: I am going to have a bespoke trousers and I’m in doubt about how I should have the supports made. The trouser will have side adjusters, this is standard, but I can add belt loops and suspenders buttons (one of them or both) if I want. I live in a hot climate, so I think sometimes I will be wearing the trousers without the jacket. In this case I think maybe the belt will give a nice look, despite it would be almost decorative, because of the side adjusters. It is ok to wear trousers without belt and jacket? And it is wrong to have belt loops and side adjusters together? It would be valid to wear the suit with belt loops but without the belt, or it would look odd? Basically, the question is if I go to the versatility of both options or the elegance of just side adjusters. I have some off the rack suits all with belt loops and another bespoke suit without. Thank you!

    • I recommend just getting side adjusters and buttons for braces, no belt loops. I think belt loops and side adjusters won’t work well together. Side adjusters will look odd sticking out from under a belt, and they will prevent a belt from laying flat against the waistband of the trousers. If you’re not wearing a jacket, your trousers don’t need a belt if they don’t have belt loops. Belt loops won’t make your trousers any more versatile than side-adjusters alone will.

      • Thank you very much for your answer! I’m going to side adjusters and buttons for braces them.


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