GARTER BELTS AND STOCKINGS. WHY DO YOU WEAR THEM?
Garter belts and stockings go hand in hand, whether you prefer to hold your
stockings up with lace garter belts or silk.
If you wear stockings
you need garter belts, that's a given, unless
you wear hold-ups
. Why do you wear them?
the 19th Century, women needed garters to keep their stockings up.
Garters back then were just a decorated elastic band worn just below
the knees. Girdles were worn to help shape a women's body and when garters were
attached, would also hold up their stockings. Attaching
garters to the girdles held up the stockings much better but it was
uncomfortable to wear girdles all the time.
turn of the 20th Century the garter belt was created. Women
now had a choice as to how to hold up their stockings. The
girdle was so confining, so when the garter belt came along, women
felt liberated. Stockings were still a necessity because women
did not wear pants, at least not in public, until sometime in the
60's. Owning stockings back then was something of a status
symbol as they were relatively expensive for the time. But women
wore them to work, to the stores and even in their homes.
Going bare legged
was unheard of back then.
Then came the creation of the pantyhose
around 1960. No longer
was the need to clasp your stockings. Everything you needed
was right there. And pantyhose helped to shape your tummy
The garter belt of old had one purpose - to hold up
stockings. So why are they so popular today?
variety of lace garter belts, and silk and satin garter belts
only are they considered practical and comfortable, they hold a
sense of sex appeal. Women wear them to feel sexy and
feminine. And men get excited seeing a women in garter belts and
So, why do you wear garter belts and stockings?
Is it the sex appeal, or that they help to enhance your romantic
evenings, or do you just feel more comfortable in them? Here
is a list of reasons why women prefer garter belts:
So what's the best way
to wear garter belts and stockings?
The first garter
belt I ever wore was just elastic at the top (around the waist) with
a strap in the front and back, to hook the stocking, for each leg.
By the end of the day, the elastic around the waist would slide
down, which made my nylons
sag and twist. Embarrassing and
very uncomfortable! Eventually the elastic stretched out
Today's fashions however, are very different.
Not only is this intimate apparel packed full of sex appeal - they
are designed to help shape and control as well. And the
satin and silk garter belts feel so good against your skin!
If you are new to garter belts and stockings,
this is the best way to wear one:
1. Stand in
front of a mirror and be sure the belt part is level with the
abdomen - it should fall just under the navel.
2. The hooks in the back should be centered.
If they are - go ahead and fasten the belt. If you have an
adjustable belt, be sure it is adjusted properly before fastening
3. Working one leg at at time - pull
the stocking up to the thigh - being careful not to snag the hose on
4. Hook each stocking in the front
first - making sure the garter clasps are centered about 1-1/2
inches from the top of the nylon
- being careful to not twist or
5. Bending at the waist without twisting
your body, reach around and hook the nylon in back. (Best to
use the right hand for the right leg and left hand for the left
leg.) The belt latch in the back on the right leg will be
slighty right, and slightly left on the left leg. This helps
keep your hose from snagging or running.
6. Look at
yourself in the mirror. Are they straight? If not,
adjust where necessary.That's it! Pretty
simple, huh? - You are ready to go!
Wearing garter belts and stockings can be uncomfortable if not put
on correctly or if you did not get the right size. Take your
time and get the one that is just right for you and make sure you
attach your stockings correctly. Visit my garter belts reviews
to help you choose.
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