Hold ups or stay up stockings are the ideal item for those who adore convenience and style in equal measure and want to balance both perfectly. The lace tops of a pair of hold ups and the luxurious beauty they so often bring to an outfit is unbeatable and it can change the way you go about your day and the way your use your wardrobe for the better.
Why Choose Hold Ups
They are designed to recreate the beauty and exuberant style of lace top stockings without the time consuming inconvenience of having to fiddle with suspender straps or deal with small and difficult to arrange clasps.
Getting these to sit just in the right place is the hard part and you can easily add five minutes or more to your morning routine and another couple of minutes getting them off in the evening.
This might sound like a fair price to pay for that classic look, but with hold ups you can achieve both the stylish element and the ease of use at the same time. Also, ten minutes a day is an hour a week. That's more than two full days and nights each year in time spend on something rather frustrating. Hold ups are for those ladies that want to find the perfect balance between both of these elements and make a small change that impacts their whole day, which as you can see, affects their whole year.
History of Hold Ups
Hold ups are one of the more recent items in hosiery history, but not many people associate hold ups with modern fashion. That's precisely their job. They bring together the old and the new. But take a look at what makes hold ups or (stay up stockings) different from stockings and you'll realise just how new and cutting edge they are, the silicone bands.
These bands are made of tactile silicone, a substance created in 1901. This is remarkably new for leg wear, as leggings and stockings have been used in various forms for centuries longer than this. The uses of silicone are wide and varied and made perfect sense for the job of keeping your leg wear in place. Silicone is easy to make, non-toxic, biodegradable and durable. The only draw back of hold ups that use silicone is that a small proportion of people are allergic, but mostly, the reaction is just slight irritation after a very long wear.
The kind of silicone used, however, is ideal in every other way. It grips continuously and is adhesive, but it requires no glue, so your legs aren't left with any residue on them. It simply stays in place and doesn't even pull on your skin as you wear it.
In the early 20th Century, these qualities made silicone the perfect choice of leg wear manufacturers who were looking to make a stocking that stayed up by itself without the use of suspender straps. As soon as it became popular for other purposes, designers of hosiery started to experiment with it. Only a few years later, the first hold ups were released and they became an instant success. Replacing the need for their more traditional counterparts, hold ups became beloved of women. In a world where women were becoming increasingly more involved in public life, such as moving into the workplace more fully and achieving suffrage in the West, good looking clothing was not the only thing on a woman's mind. Efficient and easy to use personal goods became more important, both for their convenience and for their ability to bring together the professional and the stylish at the same time.
Fashion Hold Ups
Hold ups evolved more and more each year and with the advent of other kinds of manufacturing, like fabric printing and more complicated knitting, fashion designers started to experiment with new designs. Hold ups today can be as beautiful and creative as any fashion tights, and the inclusion of a lace top can present a designer with possibilities and new ideas that a plain pair of tights wouldn't.
Today, sheer of opaque hold ups are still used to bring the sophisticated and the convenient together, but that doesn't mean they need to be plain or dour. The use of timeless choices in pattern, colour and other elements of clothing design can make a hold up both breath taking and classic.
A designer that wants this in their range might go for red along with the more traditional black, such as including a contrasting seam or a red and black lace with a plain leg. Or you can choose a pattern instead. Floral or lacy patterns are often selected, as they were some of the most common in classic leg wear and help preserve the vintage look of many lace top hold ups.
But modernity is just as alive and well in the fashion world as the timeless is. Many designers choose to go for a sleek and lace-free top that leaves room for more creative patterns or more modern motifs. Diamonds, stripes, polka dots and anything that can be printed or knitted can be found on modern fashion hold ups. Their are even some designers that do fully coloured floral arrangements that look just like a watercolour or include sparkling lurex to give your legs an eye catching shimmering effect.
Whatever you choose, their are hold ups for everyone and for every taste, fashion, vintage seamed hold ups, experimental or otherwise.