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    Hi,

    I've recently started a new job and want to get back into the habit of wearing skirts daily I'm not keen on the bare legged lookalthough I know of many who can carry it off well so I always wear tights under skirts.

    The only trouble is I find tights uncomfortable to wear all day which is lot do do with why I started wearing skirts less often, I have tried quite a few brands of holdups (and dozens of different tights) but the are less comfy than tights, I find they itch and get sore around the top. The last few times I've tried holdups at work I've taken spare tights in my bag and had to change into them by lunchtime.

    I really don't want to spend all day in tights particularly as the weather is getting warmer but I really want to wear skirts so I've thought about trying ordinary stockings with a suspender belt - I've never never worn suspenders before, I always thought of them as a bit tacky but I'll think I'll give them a try.

    Anyone one else wear them who can offer advice ? I'm going to buy a couple of belts this week but have no idea what I'm looking for ! Locally we have the usual main high street stores and a small independent lingerie shop so I'll have plenty of choice.

    I've heard of some people recommending 6 strap belts but won't they be uncomforable ? I'll be wearing one for 10hrs so need something comfy and something last will stay in place

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    I've been wearing stockings regularly since I was 15, I find tights really uncomfortable too and so-called holdups didn't!

    The most important thing for wearing stockings regularly is a good quality suspender belt, with metal clips. Plastic clips break, they come undone, I wouldn't trust them.

    I started with a belt from M&S but they don't do them any more. All mine come from 'StockingsHQ' online - these are the belts I wear:
    https://www.stockingshq.com/suspende...der-belt-p1087
    Not cheap, plain rather than 'pretty', but it will be money well spent! They last for ages and are totally secure and reliable, no problems with stockings slipping down or clips coming undone.

    Cheaper belts might be ok for bedroom use but they aren't up to the job of keeping stockings up for a day at school/college/work!

    All mine are 4-strap and I have found then really comfortable and reliable, others suggest 6 straps for extra security, any more than 6 is going a bit OTT.

    You mention a small independent lingerie shop, that might be a better choice than the High Street, but still go for something like in the link - and tell them you want it for regular all day wear.

    One more thing, ALWAYS wear your knickers OVER the suspender belt!! I know most pictures of belts in catalogues have them the other way round but I'm sure that's just to illustrate the belt. Try going to the loo with knickers under the belt and it doesn't work!! With knickers on top it's dead easy.

    Some say stockings are 'fiddly', they might be at first but that's because they're so different - you will soon find them quick and easy to put on. And anyway, any 'fiddly' is only once a day as once stockings are on they stay in place all day, there's no up and down with them every time you go to the loo like there is with tights.

    Hope that helps - any questions please ask or PM me.
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    I agree with EmilyD237, metal clip are better, I have never had a 6 strap one and don't see the need as the 4 strap ones I have haven't failed yet and are comfy. I would say visit the the independent store first and maybe look on high street to get an idea of what they do and the prices. The independant lingerie shop will possibly be able to help you more as that is generally what they will specialise in.

    I would also suggest that you wear your knickers or what ever panties you wear over the top rather than underneath as when you need to go to the toilet it will be more difficult.
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the replies :-)

    I did buy a suspender belt from Debenhams it seems reasonably strong and suitable for everyday use and does have metal clips. I did briefly try it on yesterday for the first time, I was only in it for a short trip out for 2-3 hours but could see it's a big improvement on tights.

    I just need to get the hang of wearing it properly, yesterday I'm not sure I had it adjusted correctly. The only slight snag is I'm very nervous in it at the moment, I wasn't in a mini but my skirt was a bit above my knee and I could tell I kept checking the hem or feeling where the clips where through the skirt.

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    (Original post by CathrynYorks)
    Hi,

    Thanks for the replies :-)

    I did buy a suspender belt from Debenhams it seems reasonably strong and suitable for everyday use and does have metal clips. I did briefly try it on yesterday for the first time, I was only in it for a short trip out for 2-3 hours but could see it's a big improvement on tights.

    I just need to get the hang of wearing it properly, yesterday I'm not sure I had it adjusted correctly. The only slight snag is I'm very nervous in it at the moment, I wasn't in a mini but my skirt was a bit above my knee and I could tell I kept checking the hem or feeling where the clips where through the skirt.

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    Hi Cathryn

    I find stockings far more comfy than tights and have never really worn hold ups all that much.

    I tend to wear my stockings as high as I can so I don't need to worry about flashing the tops or straps to anyone who might be watching and don't often wear skirts / dresses over the knee except in the cooler or wetter weather.. That being said, i don't wear minis either.

    If you have metal clips, you shouldn't need to keep checking them and I've always known instantly if one of mine comes undone. If you keep fidgeting, you're more likely to alert people as to what you're wearing which probably isn't the image you want to portray at work because too many people associate stockings with only one thing.

    I recommend that you try wearing the belt on your waist rather than the hips (if you haven't done this already) because I find that it sits better and feels more secure there.

    Also make sure that the rear straps are looser, particularly if you have a curvy bum. When you sit or stand, if there's not enough give, you might find that the rear clasps pop open which isn't good if you are wearing a four strap belt.

    As to the number of straps, this is a personal choice. I prefer six straps myself. They make me feel more secure and six strap belts also tend to have thicker (wider) straps. My favourite is one I have from an online store called Touchable. They make some of the prettiest six strap belts and also do lovely matching knickers and bras. Stockingshq and stockingsdirect do really good quality belts to but don't really do the matching items.

    Hope that helps?

    Bex
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    Hi,

    Thanks for your help :-)

    I've now got a 6 strap belt, which seems very sturdy and hopefully won't slip at work.

    I think things will take some get used to, as a regular tights wearer it a very strange feeling being in stockings at first. I know what you mean about fidgeting drawing attention to myself, it's just that I'm still lacking a bit confidence, I could tell I was doing it in town yesterday as it was my first day out in stockings. I really need to stop doing it before wearing them for work but I'm sure my confidence will grow :-)
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    (Original post by CathrynYorks)
    Hi,

    Thanks for your help :-)

    I've now got a 6 strap belt, which seems very sturdy and hopefully won't slip at work.

    I think things will take some get used to, as a regular tights wearer it a very strange feeling being in stockings at first. I know what you mean about fidgeting drawing attention to myself, it's just that I'm still lacking a bit confidence, I could tell I was doing it in town yesterday as it was my first day out in stockings. I really need to stop doing it before wearing them for work but I'm sure my confidence will grow :-)
    I'm sure it will! They do feel different but they're so much more comfy and practical. Where did you get the six strap belt from?

    Were you in town with anyone yesterday? Did they notice?
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    (Original post by Bex94)
    I'm sure it will! They do feel different but they're so much more comfy and practical. Where did you get the six strap belt from?

    Were you in town with anyone yesterday? Did they notice?
    Hi Bex,

    I bought the 6 strap at a specialist lingerie shop in town - I actually got 2 as I got a better deal that way :-)

    When I went out I was alone, I did have the 4 strap Debenhams belt on as I only got the 6 strap ones yesterday.

    As far as I'm aware nobody noticed, I certainly didn't get any comments or funny looks but then again I don't suppose anyone would be brave enough to say something !
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    (Original post by CathrynYorks)
    Hi Bex,

    I bought the 6 strap at a specialist lingerie shop in town - I actually got 2 as I got a better deal that way :-)

    When I went out I was alone, I did have the 4 strap Debenhams belt on as I only got the 6 strap ones yesterday.

    As far as I'm aware nobody noticed, I certainly didn't get any comments or funny looks but then again I don't suppose anyone would be brave enough to say something !
    I've never had anyone say anything to me when I've been wearing, unless there's been a reason why they might have seen what I had on such as when I've been in a gym changing room. I once got my dress caught up showing my knickers and stockings to the world and walked all the way to the toilets without anyone saying anything!

    Which shop did you go to for a six strap belt? I've never seen them in shops before, even in specialist lingerie shops.

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    During World War 2, there was a shortage of nylon meaning stockings weren't easily available to your average person. They used to paint their legs with gravy to imitate the look.

    Why not give it a shot yourself?
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    (Original post by Bex94)
    I've never had anyone say anything to me when I've been wearing, unless there's been a reason why they might have seen what I had on such as when I've been in a gym changing room. I once got my dress caught up showing my knickers and stockings to the world and walked all the way to the toilets without anyone saying anything!

    Which shop did you go to for a six strap belt? I've never seen them in shops before, even in specialist lingerie shops.

    Bex
    Aww, I'd have been mortified at the dress incident, I've had a few of the usual skirts blowing in the wind but always in tights.

    I bought the belts in a lingerie shop in Leeds, I'd have though most big cities will have a specialist shop with a wide range.
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    (Original post by CathrynYorks)
    Aww, I'd have been mortified at the dress incident, I've had a few of the usual skirts blowing in the wind but always in tights.

    I bought the belts in a lingerie shop in Leeds, I'd have though most big cities will have a specialist shop with a wide range.
    It was more the situation that was embarrassing (first (and only) date!). Because I wear stockings so often, I don't really think about them being any different to other underwear. No girls I know (at least since I was 14) have ever been embarrassed about showing a bra strap.

    What's the shop called or where is it? I'm not that far from Leeds and so might go over. I'd love to buy a belt that I can actually try on first. I've been to about every lingerie shop in the north west that I've found when I've been visiting different places and never found one that has stocked six strap belts!
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    (Original post by Bex94)
    It was more the situation that was embarrassing (first (and only) date!). Because I wear stockings so often, I don't really think about them being any different to other underwear. No girls I know (at least since I was 14) have ever been embarrassed about showing a bra strap.

    What's the shop called or where is it? I'm not that far from Leeds and so might go over. I'd love to buy a belt that I can actually try on first. I've been to about every lingerie shop in the north west that I've found when I've been visiting different places and never found one that has stocked six strap belts!
    I've sent you a message Bex.
 
 
 
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