It’s that time of the year when we start reintroducing hosiery into your daily wardrobe. But if you love pretty lingerie, why cover half of it with pantyhose? Hold-ups (worn alone) and stockings (worn with a garter belt) are your other options. And I prefer the peace of mind of a garter belt. I know that won’t slip down!
In the US at least, garter belts can seem like they’re for special occasions only. Easy enough to find from ultra-luxe brands like La Perla, much less so if you’re on a budget. Victoria’s Secret stocks a total of one alongside its 180+ bras. Soma and Aerie have none. And even Nordstrom only sells a handful.
But garter belts can be entirely practical for everyday wear! You only need to pay attention to the design. If you want to keep your stockings high on your thigh all day long, look for one that’s wide. If it’s ultra-narrow, it’s for the boudoir only.
A garter belt should ideally sit on your waistline too, not low down on your hips. And while 4-strap styles (the most common) work perfectly fine for me, added straps does mean added security.
So where do you go if you want a good-quality garter belt set that’s affordable? Many hosiery brands offer simple garter belt designs that you can coordinate with different bra sets. But it’s nice to have a fully matching ensemble, right?
Here are 11 low-to-mid priced brands that regularly design sets with garter belts:
Pour Moi is a full-bust lingerie brand that offers exceptional value for money. This entire look will set you back just £52, about $68.
Ann Summers is a leading British lingerie brand with a rep for being ‘sexy.’ So naturally, you’ll find plenty of 3-piece sets with garter belts in their collection.
Boux Avenue is another staple of the UK high-street. Many of their fancier looks, and the odd everyday one, come with a garter belt.
Playful Promises is a bit of an eclectic brand. They offer modern, trend-lend designs with a few retro touches. And that often means a garter belt!
What Katie Did
What Katie Did, on the other hand, is an all-out retro brand. It’s the perfect place to go for vintage-style garter belts that are deep and have six straps.
Gossard offers pretty lingerie for everyday and special occasions. Quite often with an optional garter belt.
Bluebella is incredibly budget-friendly. Though this Saffy range is a little pricier, their garter belts start at around $21.
Dita Von Teese Lingerie
Dita Von Teese is one of the pricier brands on this list, but not crazily so. Think $160 or so for a 3-piece set, and often to be found on sale. The burlesque star is heavily involved in the design work. So true to her style, every lingerie look includes a vintage-style garter belt---deep with six straps!
Another on-the-expensive-side-but-good-value brand is Honey Birdette, hailing from Australia. Overtly sensual as well as stylish, there’s a garter belt option in every collection. The belts themselves cost $60-85, and many of them are very wide.
Hunkemöller is a brand from the Netherlands with a few garter looks in their store. I love it for its use of fancy-looking fabrics at very affordable price points.
Finally, there’s Touchable, a little-known British brand that focuses heavily on garter belt sets. Most are the deep, vintage style. And you can choose between 4, 6 or 8 straps as you prefer!
Do you wear garter belts? And do you struggle to find them in stores where you live?