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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.

Cathryn.
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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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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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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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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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I've sent you a message Bex.
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Look on ebay
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I have been wearing stockings and suspenders for 10 years now. I first started wearing them when I was 14, years old and still at school. If I knew then what I know now I would have started wearing them even earlier. They are so comfortable and still make me feel very girlie and feminine. I agree with Emily d, Bex, and scorpion on previous threads. You need a very good belt. I buy mine from stockings direct. I use a six strap mesh belt with metal clips. so so comfortable I often forget I am wearing one. Even during my period with my bloated stomach it is still so comfortable. They come in three colours white, black, and black and red. They are so good I bought several of each colour.When I was young I was a real Tom boy lived and died in trousers and Jean's. Now I am quite the opposite. I very rarely wear trousers, dresses, skirts, stockings and suspenders all the way 7, days a week. On a personal note I wonder I could ask some advice. The current medication I am taking means I have very heavy periods. Therefore I am looking for a thick pad with wings if they exist? Currently I wear a normal pad that is not up to the job. I have to make quite a few visits to the loo during the day. This is quite embarrassing to me as I am sure my work colleagues have worked it out. If they do exist could you please advise me where I can buy them? And secondly what make and brand are the best. Thankyou. Xx
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Emily D.
You are a legend. If it was you, I remember some years ago reading a review you did on the M&S web site about there suspender belt.
It was that good and accurate that I went and bought 2. They never let me down. Like you I have been wearing stockings for years now. I firsted started wearing them when I was 14. Do you know where I can buy some good every day stockings? I like the shiny look. Xx
(Original post by EmilyD237)
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'm the same Bex,
In all my years of wearing stockings which is over 10, nobody has said anything to me.
I wear dresses and skirts above the knee and some a tad shorter.
The secret is as you say is to wear your stockings as high as you can.
The only way anybody is ever likely to see anything would be through the slits on the back of my dresses/ skirts, although that has never happened. In any case it is a risk I am quite prepared to take as I love my dresses and skirts and can't afford to change my wardrobe lol. Xx
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Falling up some stairs in my office, skirt up around my waist, flashing my undies, laddered my stockings and cutting my knee.
Very embarrassing to say the least.
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been wearing since I was 16 and was once on a training course at work when we were asked to move a table from one side of room to the other, (manual handling training) as I lifted my corner I also lifted the hem of my skirt showing everyone on the course my barely black stocking tops, I never had so many visits to my office before that day, now the door is never closed
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As a male stocking wearer for over forty years, i have found that 6 strap belts are far more comfortable and hold the stockings up better.As i prefer to wear seamed nylons they also work very well in keeping the seam straight.The metal clip type also are the better choice, the plastic ones tend to break or slip after several washings.
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