Ask the Addict: Questions from My FormSpring

About a month ago, I started a FormSpring account and so far, I’ve answered 58 amazing questions. I’m taking my FormSpring down in the next day or two, but first I wanted to give my wonderful readers a chance to ask a few questions of their own. So if you’ve got any knicker conundrums or just want to know more about the lady behind the lingerie… ask away! For now, I’ve posted a few of my favorite questions below.

Q: Hi, just love your blog and follow you on twitter. How did you find out your love for lingerie? 
A: Stockings. It all started with stockings. I was a proper, church-going girl back in Georgia which means I was in hosiery at least twice per week. I hated the way most pantyhose felt, and wearing them in the middle of summer was absolute torture. So I started experimenting with thigh highs and stockings and discovered how much I enjoyed the mobility. After that, I got interested in girdles and garter belts, and then things just kind of blossomed from there. And thanks for the compliment! I’m so happy you love my blog. 

Q: How can you stand being so out there about your love of stockings and yummy lingerie? I mean I totally share your passion, but I’m sooooo private about it! 
A: When I started blogging (in April 2008), I was very private too. There was no name or photo or any identifying information whatsoever on the blog. But then I realized that there’s no shame in what I’m talking about. LOTS of people like lingerie. LOTS of people enjoy stockings. And there isn’t a thing wrong with that. So I started opening up a bit more, and people have responded really positively. 

Q: How did you come up with “Treacle” as nom de plume? 
A: For people who don’t know, treacle is kind of molasses… thick, dark, and sweet. Not coincidentally, so am I.  ;-) 

Q: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure these days? 
A: Trashy, supernatural fiction. If it involves witches, vampires, elves, werewolves, fairies, or any combination of the above… I’m all over it. 

Q: So here’s a super-important question I’ve been meaning to ask you: Where do you stand on garters vis a vis panties-do you wear your garters over or under your panties?  Don’t you wish there were a better word than “panties?” lol 
A: Oh I have a very strong opinion about this question!  Knickers always go over the garter belt.  Always. I know you see the exact opposite in pretty much every lingerie advertisement ever, but since when has advertising ever had a thing to do with reality? Why? Because eventually you will have to use the restroom. 

Q: What advice would you give women for dipping their feet in the lingerie world? What would you recommend first? by missneira 

A: What a great question! I think the most important thing is for women to buy what makes them feel good. Because really, that’s the whole point of lingerie… it’s to make the wearer feel good. With that in mind, I think women should start by getting their measurements and finding out their bra size. A well-fitting bra is the foundation for lingerie, and it’s hard to do anything else without one. After that, I think it’s important to research what other people are saying about lingerie. Especially if you’re hard to find or hard to fit size, the internet is an invaluable resource for finding the brands, styles, and stores that work for you. Finally, I think women should only buy lingerie that makes them go “Wow!” That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be the fanciest, the prettiest, or the most expensive lingerie. But if you put it on, and you fall in love… then you know that’s the piece for you. 

Q: Is there a certain pair/type of hosiery that you’ve always wanted to own and wear, but has eluded you since it was rare/discontinued/etc? Ahab’s white whale, if you will… 
A: The Wolford special edition “breast cancer” stockings from a few years back. They look like sheer tights down to the knee, then have a knee-high sock effect with some corset lacing on the side ending in a little pink bow. That sounds kind of convoluted so here’s a pic ( I’m also lusting after the Stockingirl Gabriellas ( That embroidered welt is to die for! Here’s hoping I can pick them up before they become another “white whale.” ;-)   

Q: You have a beautiful complexion. Me, not so much :). Do lingerie makers cater well enough in your view to women of color? by PBellejambes 
A: Thank you so much for the compliment, dear Petra!  In response to your question, I have to climb onto my soapbox for a moment and say that no, I don’t believe the lingerie industry really addresses women of color. It’s not just that the colors “nude” or “flesh” only refers to one very specific skintone, it’s also the fact that women of color have to search long and high and hard to find lingerie that effectively matches their complexion. I feel like there’s a lot more trial and error necessary for women of color, and far fewer options than are available to women who are not of color. (Right after I answered this, Kelly of the blogs Proficiscamur [Editor’s Note: As of January 2015, this site appears to be defunct] and The Lingerie Post actually directed me to MySkins, a new lingerie label that makes “nude” underwear in 20 different skintones. It’s my new favorite find!)


Though I’m leaving FormSpring, you can always write me at or follow me on Twitter at @stockingsaddict. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to subscribe to my RSS feed!

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

10 Comments on this post

  1. goldenmeans says:

    Those Gabriellas are *beautiful*! They are my next buy :) I just got the Falke Peacock stockings and some of the Cervin Bi-Color stocks, both inspired by you as well…love 'em!

  2. sexylegsandbody says:

    Hi, i am so glad you like my last post, it is always great to get positive feedback!

    Thanks again.

  3. Treacle says:

    @Colin–Thanks! I really enjoyed your most recent post about if older women should be sexy…very relevant to my blog, I think.

    @Evija–Thanks for your comment. For my part, I'm worried that constantly rolling my garter belt down and rolling it up again would not only unnecessarily stress my stockings, it could also potentially warp the garter belt. Generally speaking, the less wear and tear on your lingerie, the better.

    @Kashaya–Thanks for stopping by, doll!

    @Tights Lover–I've missed you, dear! Thanks so much for contributing your opinion.

    @bryna–Glad to hear it, sweetie!

    @lunarcamel–I know, right! Lingerie is definitely about aesthetics, but it's not all about aesthetics. Practicality and functionality count too.

    @Savvy Gal–Thank you! I so appreciate you making the time to stop by.

  4. Savvy Gal says:

    Great post my dear.

  5. lunarcamel says:

    I got into an argument with a guy I was dating once about where the garters go in re: panties. He *insisted* they go under the garters. I told him he was wrong, he didn't believe me…until we were in bed.

    You want them *off*? Guess you've got some unclasping to do, hrm? And you want me to keep the stockings *on*? Perhaps you should argue with the girl who's wearing the lingerie on how she should best wear it?

    I feel REALLY strongly about this one :)

  6. bryna says:

    definitely agree on the garter situation!

  7. Tights Lover says:

    Great post. I agree with the knickers over the garter belt, opinion.

    I think catologs often show the opposite way to highlight the detail often found in garter straps.

    But I think we can all certainly benefit from the convenience of being able to remove knickers, if need be, without affecting the garter and stokings.

  8. Kashaya says:

    Very interesting to read!

  9. Evija says:

    About the suspender belt vs panties question: I somehow find no problem wearing my panties under the suspender belt and when it comes to taking them off in a restroom, I just roll down the suspender belt as well – as if it was a little skirt. Maybe I've always picked the stretchy types that allow me to do so, but so far I find this to be the most comfortable and best-looking alternative:)

  10. sexylegsandbody says:

    Interesting questions, great answers!

    Well done!

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