Garter belt

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Woman wearing a white garter belt, panties and stockings with lots of lace.


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A garter belt is a woman's undergarment to hold up stockings by means of suspenders (garters). It is an item of lingerie.

In US English, suspenders are also known as garters. Otherwise, garters are narrow bands fastened about the leg to keep up stockings without a garter belt. They are usually made of leather or heavy cloth, and adorned with small bells and/or ribbons.

Alternatively to garter belts, the suspenders can also be clipped to a corset or a girdle.


Garter belts consist of a reinforced material strip usually at least 2 to 3 inches wide which is worn around the waist, to which 2 or 3 elastic suspenders are attached on each side. The suspenders are typically clipped to the stockings by metal hourglass clips with rubber circles, allowing for adjustment and a locking mechanism. Such clips are best attached to stockings with a simple welt that does not have lace or silicon lining.

It is best to wear garter belts on the waist line or just slightly below. If worn too low on the hips, there is a chance of garter belts sliding down as they are being pulled on by the stockings.

Nowadays, pantyhose or tights are more favored than stockings, and hold-ups are an alternative way for holding up stockings. Nevertheless, suspenders continue to be worn. They are considered a reflection of their enduring role in erotic fantasy.


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