The Clothing, Lingerie and Apparel Dictionary

Clothing: a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

Lingerie: women's underwear, nightclothes, and intimate apparel

Apparel: Clothing, especially outer garments or attire

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Garter Belts

Garter belts were originally created in the 1920’s. Made of silk, lace and other materials, garter belts are worn around the waist or hips and have straps that clip or snap to the top of stockings to prevent them from falling. During this time, panty hose and “stay up” thigh high stockings were not created yet, so this was your only option if you wanted to wear this type of legging. Later it was realized that garter belts were a sexy lingerie item that could be worn during the most intimate moments.

So what is a Garter Belt?

Today, a garter belt is considered exotic lingerie. The belt is worn around the waist or hips directly against your skin. The silky or fishnet stockings are attached to the garter belt from four to eight dangling straps with clips. These straps are called garters. To complete this exotic lingerie look, a pair of high-heeled shoes could be worn for an added effect. This sexy lingerie look could also be complemented with a push-up bra, see through bra or other type of matching bra. The result is a sexy look that will definitely get your partner’s attention.

Tips for Choosing and Buying a Garter Belt

Depending on the style and material the garter belt is made of, sizes come in small, medium, large and plus size. Sometimes, sizing flexible and have a generic “one-size fits all” size. It is also possible to find garter belts with lace up backs or lace up sides. This allows for a great deal of size variance as the garter belt can be adjusted for an individual fit. Despite the name, a “One Size” garter belt will not fit everyone. For the full figured woman, it may be easier to find a size that fits you by going online to a lingerie website. Pricing can vary from $20-80 dollars depending on what it is made of, and how exotic the style is.

Sexy garter belts can also vary in how much skin is covered. If you are body conscious, you may want to select one that covers a bit more of the hip. The look is still very attractive, since you are still showing a lot of exposed skin.

Styles can also vary from frilly, cute and lacy to a erotic and racy. Depending on how extreme you are willing to go, it can be a real showstopper. When choosing, think about what turns your partner on. If that person is a bit conservative, they may prefer it if your lingerie covers you up a bit more. For others, they may think less is more, and a skimpy garter belt with stockings and high heels may be all that’s needed to get their pulse racing.

How to Wear a Garter Belt

First, put the garter belt around your waist and clip it into place. If you want to wear panties with it, you may want to slip them on next. However, once you put on the stockings, it will be difficult to remove them without taking them off. To prevent a distraction during spontaneity, you may want to find a skimpy pair you can slip over the belt (after you clip on the stockings) that blends well with it, so it doesn’t look tacky. Or just don’t wear any at all. To finish the look, you may want to slip on a pair of sexy high-heeled shoes and a bra.

How to Spice Things Up

Lingerie can add spice to any intimate relationship. Garter belts and stockings may remind your partner of exotic films. Adult films may not be your cup of tea, but they can give you ideas about sexy lingerie and may give you some other ideas!. If it scares you, there are less graphic films you can see. These are considered soft core or “soft-porn”, are more romantic in nature and do not show extreme close-ups of intimate parts of the body. You may also consider adult magazines and lingerie catalogs for ideas.

Here’s an idea you can do with your garter belt attire. To surprise your partner, wear an attractive dress or skirt with blouse over your intimate ensemble. At the appropriate moment, let them know about your sexy attire underneath your clothes by telling them or showing them a hint of a garter strap on your leg.


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