Garter belts are meant to hold up thigh highs or virtually any stocking. There are actually many different styles and types of garter belts available today but garters belts were first introduced in the 1920’s as a replacement for girdles. Many women found girdles to be constraining and uncomfortable.
Today, garter belts are primarily worn for stylistic or erotic purposes. You may not be aware of it, some actually wear garter belts for medical reasons also, used for compression stockings. Compression stockings are used to help treat edema, thrombosis, and phlebitis, among other ailments. These are circulatory diseases that affect the veins in the lower part of the body. A garter belt is used to hold the compression stockings up and prevent them from rolling down.
Many people thought that garter is garter belts. It’s actually not. Garter refers to the elastic that fits around your thigh while garter belts is the thing that you attach around the torso and garter straps are used to clip onto the stockings.
Generally speaking, garter belts can be divided into two types, Metal Garter Belts and Rayon and Spandex Garter Belts. Metal garter belts were popular from the 1940s through the 1960s. The metal style of garter belt included four suspenders on each thigh, with two in the front and two in the back. It was believed that the four suspenders would help to hold the stockings in place better than just two per thigh. Rayon and spandex garter belts are more modern version where silk or lace is included, making them more fashionable and appealing. The rayon and spandex garter belts have fewer clips per thigh (two).
So, how to choose the right garter belt for yourself? First of all, pick a garter belt that fits nicely around your waist. Make sure that it won’t cause a bulge at the stomach area. Do choose material that will be comfortable against your skin where you can wear it for a long time without any irritation issues. It should fit so that it is laying flat against the skin and people cannot tell it is being worn. Get a garter belt with adjustable length suspenders. This will ensure that you are able to adjust the suspender length to fit your body height.
Next, select a proper strap length, so that you don’t have to adjust the garter belt and stockings. If straps are too long, the stockings will droop toward the feet. When straps are too short, the stockings are pulled up too high and can tear due to over stretched.