Suspender belts or garter belts, as they are often called in the USA, are the perfect accompaniment for a beautiful pair of stockings. Suspender belts have been around for a very long time and have been used by women of all ages for hundreds of years. It is often seen as a very sexy piece of lingerie but is also a useful and practical piece of underwear and before the invention of tights and hold ups, it was something that a lady just couldn't function without.
Suspender belts come in many different colours and designs but before we go into this, it's worth mentioning the straps of a suspender belts. These are the items that dangle down from the belt and have clips and clasps that enable you to attach the suspender belts to your stockings. There are normally at least four suspenders on a belt but there can be up to fourteen. They are also usually adjustable to enable you to have your stockings higher or lower on your leg. The more suspenders there are, the more secure the belt and the stockings become. However, the more suspenders there are, the more difficult and time consuming it is to put the belt on. The most suspenders we have come across on a belt is fourteen. This is usually not needed for support, but is something that you might wear just for aesthetic purposes. On average most people prefer six or eight suspenders so that you can have a pretty but also a practical suspender belts.
Suspender Belt Styles
Suspender belts can be basic in colour, such as black, white, red and beige but they can also be very pretty with frilly lace and satin bows and can be made from some beautiful fabrics too. Satin, silk, printed cotton, lace etc. Some suspender belts are narrow and others are deep. The deeper the suspender belt, the more comfortable they are usually. The suspender belts is not to be confused with a "waspie" or a basque. The suspender belt sits at the waist and goes down from the waist to the maximum depth of the beginning of the thigh.
Some suspender belts are designed for very slender people starting with an extra small waist size and then the belts can be made to go up to xxx-large to fit a curvy lady.
Suspenders were made possible by the invention of elastic, and first appeared on S-bend corsets of the Edwardian era. This corset is part of the Symington Collection in Leicester.
It is dated 1905.
The first suspender belts of the 1920s were still made from the strong cotton materials of their corset forebears and were designed to be equally tough and functional, yet more delicate and beautiful.
Until the development of the true suspender belts in the late 1950s the girdle had served the same function of the corset, to keep the waist and bum in check and hold up stockings. But with suspender belts being so much less constrictive, they have become far more popular and are know some of the most beautiful items in the leg wear world.