Natural ability, talent or knack; as, the columnist's flair for the apt word. Also, stylishness; as, to dress with flair. Old French flairer (to give off an odor or scent).
In this case, flair refers specifically to buttons attached to one's suspenders. The ideal, I suppose, is to be unable to see the suspenders at all.
Flair (flar), n. [OE. flaireodor, fr. OF. & F. flair, fr. OF. flairier, F. flairer, to smell, LL. flagrare for L. fragrare. See Flagrant.]
Smell; odor. [Obs.]
Sense of smell; scent; fig., discriminating sense.
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