Effortlessly elegant and sultry, the stockings & suspender combination is a timeless one. Far more exciting than your regular sheers and hold ups, the super chic duo has fast become a treat for any lingerie drawer. Championed by the likes of Dita Von Teese and vintage hosiery experts What Katie Did, you’ll find that getting dressed in the morning has never been so much fun.
But with the rise in popularity comes to need for more variety, making those decisions even trickier. As ever, I’ve narrowed down the best of the bunch to leave you with happy legs and fabulous lingerie collections…
As classic as they come…
If you’re going to commit to the look, a stash of great quality stockings is a must. For the utmost versatility, I recommend keeping things sheer, opting for a 15 denier pair that will work for both the office and then that party later on. From Oroblu, the Bas Lycia 15 Stockings are ideal, as they combined a 15 denier appearance with smooth, matte finish. Available in five shades (with a classic black and rich brown amongst others), these arrive with a plain top. But what to pair it with? Keep your look fuss free with the Jonathan Aston Suspender Belt, with four adjustable straps and a slight sheen finish. What’s more, the belt arrives with a purse friendly price, proving that looking fabulous needn’t cost the earth.
Wrap up in style!
‘Tis the season for unfriendly temperatures, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your stockings & suspender habit. Making the world a better place (sort of), Levante have created the Plain Wool Stockings, for an even 100 denier appearance and cosy wool feel. Wonderfully warm, the matte stockings are great for everyday wear and are guaranteed to keep that chill at bay. The tops of your stockings are in keeping with the chic style and are free from any frills.To complete the look, I recommend the Maitresse Suspender Belt from What Katie Did. Vintage inspired and packed full of va va voom, the wide belt combines both satin & powermesh panels for a glamorous silhouette and instant spring in your step. With six metal tipped suspender clips to keep your stockings in place(instead of the usual four), the belt also comes with a handy hook & eye fastening for ease of wear. A must for those who adore seams, you’ll find that the additional clips will keep the design on the straight & narrow. When it comes to choosing your size, keep in mind that as the garment is vintage inspired – the sizing is too. Running up a little smaller than your average highstreet brand, make sure to check the size guide before adding to your basket.
If you’re after something a little different, then the solution is netted. A fun option, the Fishnet Stockings from Levante will look gorgeous whether it’s work or play. Your fishnet stockings feature a fine-gauge net throughout, with small holes offering a glimpse of your pins when up close. Offering an even coverage from the toes to the tops, the lightweight stockings are ideal for warmer weather, making sure you stay refreshed no matter how long you’re in hosiery for. Those with never ending pins will be glad to know that the Tall/Extra Tall version will accommodate heights up to 6’1”.
And to go with them? From retro lingerie experts What Katie Did, the Narrow Maitresse Suspender belt is easier to wear with underwear than other styles, making it a must for those wanting to build up their lingerie drawer. With six metal tipped suspender clips to keep stockings straight & secure, the belt features both satin and powermesh panels to slim & trim in utter secrecy.
Gorgeous gifts…from you to you.
Whilst mixing and matching is fun, it’s always nice when it’s already done for you. Stocking & suspender belt sets will sit pretty in your drawers and wardrobes, and can be reserved for those extra special nights in. For a budget friendly gift that will go down a treat, I recommend that Seduction Set from Jonathan Aston. Combining a 15 denier seamed stocking with a chic belt, the all in one set takes the hard work out of looking good.
And from the purse friendly to the luxurious, the Amelie Stockings & Suspender Belt Kit from Oroblu is utterly gorgeous. Providing a readymade ‘outfit’, the kit comes with opaque 40 denier stockings and a deep suspender belt. Decorated to resemble a corset, strips of tulle fabric overlap each on the front of the belt, for a fancy and feminine touch. With one strip featuring a lacy design and the others featuring a pretty polka dot print, this suspender belt is almost too beautiful to hide away!
Another option is to opt for one of our many strip panty styles – all in one tights with the appearance of stockings, meaning you don’t have to worry about clips popping open or stockings becoming twisted throughout the day. I especially love the Charnos Lace Boudoir Suspender Tights, which features a floral lace mock belt with classic, sheer 15 denier legs.
If you’re in possession of a healthy stocking supply but you’re after a new belt, then the Diamond Suspender Belt from Trasparenze is just the ticket. With a silky satin feel and look, the skirt style suspender belt features diamond shaped front panels and a frilly waistband for a dramatic look.
Until next time ladies…