Garter belts, suspenders, or suspender belts - call it whatever you like, this vintage fashion accessory is by far one of the sexiest lingerie item ever made (besides thigh high stockings of course!) Let us tell you what garter belts are, it's history, how to wear garter belts and everything else there is to know about this fashionable item. Be sure to check out our fabulous boutique as we bring you some of the best garter belts in the world!
Garter belts, also known as suspender belts in the UK, are a type of belt that is worn by a woman to keep her stockings up. While this fabulous accessory can come in a variety of material, style, and color, for the most part, garter belts feature four (or more) straps that are approximately 2-4 inches (5.1 cm - 10.2 cm) long. The straps, in some cases, are adjustable. At the end of each strap, there is a clip for attaching stockings. In the back of the belt, there is a set of fasteners - just like a bra, these fasteners allow a woman to adjust for sizing.
For a very long time, stockings were made by sewing a sheet of fabric together at the seam. Garter belts were necessary as it allowed a woman to keep her stockings up on her leg. In 1939, Du Pont created the first pair of nylon pantyhose - while it may be fair to assume that garter belts were no longer necessary after the invention of pantyhose, that was not the case. Garter belts became highly popularize during the 1940’s as wearing stockings was in fashion - including those that required a garter belt.
Wearing a garter belt can require a bit of practice. Here are five easy steps to guide you through:
Having the right size garter belt is important! You’ll want to look sexy, not uncomfortable. Make sure to get one that sits nicely on your hips and is comfortable when standing and sitting.
The answer is no. The fabulous thing about VienneMilano thigh highs is that they are made with silicone bands to hold your stockings up. The silicone adheres comfortably to your skin, keeping your hosiery secure all day (and all night). If you want to go for a super sexy look, a garter belt is a marvelous addition.
Similar to washing stockings, the best way to wash garter belts is by hand washing or machine wash with cold water inside a lingerie bag. To learn more, check out our how to wash stockings blog post.
Garter belts are incredibly sexy when worn with a quality pair of thigh highs. This seductive look can be worn under clothes to be revealed later, or it can be the only thing you're wearing! Make sure to check out boutique and shop our favorite garter belts.
Garter belts are fantastic with a sexy pair of thigh highs such as the OTTAVIA Lace thigh highs in black. Pairing a garter belt with thigh highs will make you irresistible to your loved one.
Garter belts and thigh highs are perfect for boudoir photo shoots, costume parties (with a cool corset) or a special night of play. You can even wear garter belts and thigh highs under your work clothes and feel a little dangerous and a lot naughty.
There are lots of ways to wear this look, the most important thing is to have fun! VienneMilano has a wonderful selection of luxurious thigh highs that will look fantastic when paired with a garter belt. Shop our collection today and get $10 off with voucher code ILOVEMYLEGS