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You have heard of them before, you are planning to buy one, or already own a couple of them – suspenders or garter belts as they are popularly known are an essential part of any woman’s lingerie collection. Here is what you need to know about suspenders for women, and three important reasons to make them a part of your wardrobe.
Suspenders – What They Are
Garters have been in existence a long time now, and were used as early as the 18th century. They consist of a narrow band of fabric that is fastened around the leg to keep stocking or socks in place. This article of clothing slowly evolved into something that could be worn underneath regular attire, and took the form of garter belts or suspenders. This piece of undergarment for women is made of an elasticated strip, which is between 2 and 3 inches wide, and is worn around the waist. The suspender slings extend from this strip, and end in a metal clip with rubber discs that can be inserted through the stocking to hold it in place. The slings maybe two, three, four, or even more in number, depending on the design. Garter belts are made to fit the contours of the waist, and usually come with adjustable mechanisms that allow for length adjustments to fit the body perfectly.
Why You Need Suspenders
# 1 – Functional: You need your stockings to stay in place
The primary reason to use a suspender is its functional benefit. This undergarment helps keeps your socks and stockings in place without letting them roll down. The garter belt is worn at the waist or slightly below it, so that it holds up the stockings firmly without trouble. Wearing the suspender too low on the hip can result in the belt sliding down, or being pulled down by the hosiery. Wearing it too high can pull the stocking excessively and cause it to tear or get damaged. The functional benefit of suspenders also makes them popular among ice hockey players. The belt is responsible for holding up the hockey socks, which happens to be a woollen tube.
# 2 – Erotic – You love the sexy vibe that garter belts give you
The advent of pantyhose and tights brought about a decline in the use of suspenders. Hold ups with bands of latex rubber, attached to the stocking top performed the function of keeping them in place. However, suspenders soon sprung back in fashion, and today, they are worn for their trendy looks. These lingerie products that were once simple, elasticated band and slings, have now evolved into articles that ooze oodles of style. Fitted with laces, embroideries, bows, metallic accents, cage patterns, and strappy designs, stockings, and garter belts bring out a sensual and erotic feel. They are fancy lingerie that ‘spice things up’ on special days, or nights between couples. Many women also love to get dressed up in the edgy styled suspenders and garter belts for special occasions, as it gives them a sexy and playful vibe. They are equally adored by men who find women dressed up in garter belts extremely attractive.
# 3 – Medical: Your health conditions calls for the use of a suspender
Beyond functional and erotic needs, suspenders also play the role of saviour to many women who need them for medical reasons. Women who stay away from tights for health reasons find suspenders extremely beneficial. This is especially true for those suffer from conditions such as thrush or cystitis, as nylon tights, when worn close to genital areas, can aggravate or worsen the situation. Suspenders and garter belts are also preferred by women whose skin is likely to get irritated when it comes in contact with latex rubber in pantyhose. Suspenders also come as part of support stocking that are prescribed to women for medical conditions related to varicose veins or poor blood circulation.
Suspenders and garter belts today are available in a wide range of styles. You can pick up one that suits your attire, from the multitudes of design on offer by different brands. A simple design in sufficient for the basic functional purpose. You can also opt for the fancier ones in case you want to turn on the heat on those ‘special days’.
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