I love garter belts and stockings! It’s so sexy, but how come I always end up wearing pantyhose instead?
The answer is that I feel that many garter belts are constantly unclipping. Last time I wore a garter belt for the whole day, it unclipped 9 times. Even at some point the welt fell below the hemline as a result and I’ve heard women hissing behind me.
So I turn to the hosiery expert at Gigi’s Intimates (site no longer exists) to find some answers on how to find some sexy and reliable garter belts that won’t let me down. Can they help?
I think that garter or suspender belts used to be more of a functional piece of lingerie. So they were simple and plain as were other types of under garments. As hold ups or thigh highs have become more prevalent, they have become less functional and more of a fashion accessory. As the fashion trends have changed over the years matching lingerie sets have become popular, so garter belts have started to become more fashionable to become a part of the set.
Most garter belts that you find in department store are made with plastic and cheap rubber, that will just not hold onto the slick nylon and lycra. What we have found is that metal clasps with high quality rubber hold onto the stockings very well.
There are also several other reason garter, even the metal clasp garter, come unclipped. Most women can adjust the belts too tight and put to much pressure on the stocking while standing up. When they sit down, there is no give left and they will become unclipped or even worse tear the stocking. I have also see the fashion top stockings with thick lace are harder to clip and sometime results in “clip failure”.
The trick to having a reliable garter or suspender belt is to get a high quality belt with metal clasps and easily adjustable straps. The six strap belts work very well and are much more comfortable for every day wear as well. When you are putting on the clips, make sure that you tighten the adjustable straps after clipping them. Different materials need different adjustments, such as Non-stretch Nylon or Silk used in fully fashioned stockings require a little more tension than the Nylon/Lycra blends that can pull at the suspend belt.
Fantasy Stockings currently carries 2 styles of garter belts from Fiore. Vision and Vesuvio.
I can sympathize. I finally found a “functional” garter belt that was comfortable and stays in place, but the garter grips weren’t the best. I found several companies on the internet that supply garter belt components and ordered some high quality, detachable garter grips to replace the original ones. Problem solved!