How to Attach Stockings to Garters

by Cecile

on Feb 22, 2018

Not only do garter belts hold your stockings up during the friskiest of trysts and the most energetic stripteases, they also boost your lingerie's sex appeal to eye-watering levels.

However, if you aren't careful when you clip, you might find yourself with your stockings round your ankles before you've made it to first base.

We've put together a handy guide to help you master a perfectly put-together look.

Above: Find out how to attach stockings to suspenders in this video from lingerie expert, Sammi Cole.

Step-by-step guide to garter belt success

  • First thing first... Put on your stockings! (This may seem obvious, but if you're wearing structured lingerie that's not that easy to move around in, putting them on will be a lot harder.)

    If you've never worn stockings before, just roll them up your leg like you would a pair of socks.

  • Put on your garter belt or lingerie with attached garter straps.

  • Undo the garter clip at the end of the garter strap, by pushing the rubber nub that's at the back up and through the widest point of the frame at the top (watch the above video for a close-up).

  • Take the top of your stockings and, starting with the front strap, move it between the rubber bit at the back of the garter clip and the metal or plastic frame at the front. For garter belts with 6 straps or more, start with the straps at the sides.

  • Push the rubber nub through the widest part of the frame at the front, with the stocking in between. Done!

    1. Garter Belts


    2. Garter Knickers


    3. Basques & Bustiers

      1. Worn at the waist or just below, these simple-but-sexy garments prevent your stockings from slipping down, and vary in depth from simple and skimpy to deep and high-waisted, to stretchy, smoothing garter skirts.

        Lovehoney recommends:

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      2. Some knickers and thongs have attached garter straps, many of which can be removed for everyday wear, then clipped to stockings to instantly up the seduction factor.

        Lovehoney recommends:

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      3. Eye-poppingly sexy and designed with seduction in mind, many basques, bustiers and corsets feature garter straps. Some are removeable, while others are attached and form part of the shape, like the merry widow style.

        Lovehoney recommends:

        Lovehoney Peek-A-Boo Merry Widow Red Bustier Lovehoney Peek-A-Boo Merry Widow Red Bustier
      4. If you still think stockings and garter belts are a faff and would rather not bother, you can still get the effect with garter pantyhose, a no-fuss alternative that's just as sexy.

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        You can Contact Customer Care, who will be able to help you find the right size - try to have a tape measure to hand so you can give the advisor your measurements. You can send an email any time, and telephone or live chat to an experienced advisor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Written by Cecile. Lovehoney Editorial Team

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Originally published on Feb 22, 2018. Updated on Aug 5, 2020