Hosiery at Vancouver Taboo Show 2015

January 27, 2015 under News

Just like last year, I got to attend the Vancouver Taboo Show, a yearly event for adults only. That convention centre used to be walking distance from where I lived, but now it’s a long way away since I moved to Calgary.  I decided to go for a more economical option and take the coach bus instead of flying, but later questioned that decision after spending 17 hours one way on that bus.

It was really nice to see a lot of my friends again and in general to experience the vibe of open-minded and positive people. I would ask people to take a photo and they would never say no, some would even pull up the skirt to show me better what kind of stockings they were wearing. Myself I wore a black dress with a frilly bottom with crinoline skirts underneath and fishnet stay up stockings. Maybe next year I’lll go for a wilder outfit.

Taboo show happens almost in every Canadian major city and every time there are plenty interesting things to see. This year there was a pole dancing studio, a fire fighters club, body paint workshop, BDSM workshop from fetish Noir club, tattoos, lingerie, accessories, and gifts.

I snapped a few stocking and pantyhose pictures for you to enjoy. Even though the show was not about just stockings, at least my eyes seem to be drawn to mostly that.

Legwear Photos from Taboo Show

Taya by Fiore in Grey tights

Exhibitor in Taya tights by Fiore in grey shade – Cool!

 

 

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This pin up girl is wearing vintage stockings from her mother!

 

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Worker at the Deadly Feitsh booth in mock stocking tights.

 

Cuban heel stockings

Finally some Cuban heel stockings on a pin up girl! Hosiery that turns heads.

 

Cuban heel stockings

Another sighting of Cuban heel stockings!

 

garter belts and stockings

Workers at Little Sisters booth are not shy to show off their legs and garter belts.

 

stay up stockings in Vancouver

This lady, a visitor, was glad to pull up her skirt and let me take a photo.

 

mock stocking tights

Beautiful mock stocking tights by Fiore – hot!

 

Are there any reliable garter belts out there that won’t unclip?

April 3, 2013 under Cervin
Vegas garter belt unclipping problem

Did you know that metal clasps with high quality rubber are best for holding up stockings?

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?

 

Answer by Gigi’s Intimates: 

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.

Cervin Rivoli Suspender Belt by Gigi's Intimates

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.

 

Spick and Span Magazine – Vintage Lingerie

April 14, 2012 under Vintage

I am glad to point out that now I own an original copy of Spick and Span thanks to my fan who sent me these scans!  He shipped me the original.  It was a breath-taking experience to hold something that beautiful from the 1960’s.

I also couldn’t believe how real these British pin up girls looked.  They had sincere smiles and regular bodies, not like the cookie-cutter girls these days with a blank gaze in the magazines.

Spick and Span was a British magazine in 1960’s of women showing off their knickers, stockings, and bras.  At that time there was no pantyhose just yet, only stockings and garter belts.  One of my friends from the Netherlands has sent these scanned pictures and I am so pleased to be able to share these vintage pin up photos with you.

You can click on the photos to see enlarged version to read the text.

 

Besides lovely garter belts and stockings, I am drawn to the fact that these women are real people with a spark in their eyes and genuine smiles.  I am very grateful to get these photos from Spick and Span magazine and to be able to share them with you.

Later Gerard sent me a few copies to treasure!  I keep a Spick and Span magazine that tucked into a picture frame in my bedroom and this is the first thing I see in the morning when I wake up.  I love it!  My favourite photo is of a girl wearing a wreath with a fun story to go along with it.  Maybe I’ll scan it for you some day.

My Video Reading Spick and Span Magazine

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