Garters began as, like most fashion accessories, a practical solution. Hose didn't have elastic to keep them in place—elastic didn't even exist—but a garter could be fastened around the leg to keep stockings from slipping. Of course, when elastic did come around, garters became less necessary and more of a style choice that both men and women made. From there, the relatively simple accessory inspired traditions, trends, and clever solutions to the day's biggest topics.
Whether you're looking for a unique garter for a formal occasion, a period-appropriate accessory for your historical costume or a sexy addition to your wardrobe, our selection of leg, thigh, and stocking garters can help! And along with the following overview of our garter catalog, we're sure you'll understand how these generally underappreciated costume accessories can hold things together.
Let's start with one of the most common garter use, decoration! There are multiple connotations to wearing a garter at your wedding or a prom. But spanning them all is the simple fact that the loops of lace, satin, or precious gems are there to look pretty. When you apply that idea to a Halloween costume, things get extra interesting, and our selection is here to cater to the fun! Our favorite Halloween costumes that benefit from adding a leg or thigh garter are zombie prom date and ghostly bride. A simple black lace garter works perfectly for either look! But if you're after a unique decorative garter, check out our exclusive Mossy Oak collection that pairs delicate lace with forest-appropriate camo!
Okay, with the topic of purely decorative garters under our belt, let's look at ways garters can solve a problem that isn't slipping hosiery. You're probably well aware that flappers were the edgy ladies of their time. But did you know that garters held up more than silk stockings under some of those ankle-revealing dresses? Prohibition was the mother of invention in the jazz age, and dainty stocking accessories were great for storing flasks! Now, you may not want or need to carry a flask to a costume party, but we have the accessories to make the task easy and elegant! You'll even find a wide band garter ready to hold other essentials, like your smartphone or a thin wallet. Ensure your 1920s costume is fun and accurate with any of our available garters!
There's no way to avoid it, so before we wrap things up, let's discuss the alluring side of garters. A pair of garter stockings lend their style perfectly to a sexy costume. They're a practical addition if you want to wear thigh highs without worrying about too-tight waistlines or needing to undress entirely to use the restroom. But they're also flirty! Fishnet stockings, opaque thigh-high tights, or no stocking look sassy under a garter belt. And whether you pair a stocking and garter set with a full saloon girl costume or you're looking to create your own garter lingerie, we have a few options you're sure to enjoy!
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