My Love Affair with the Suspender Belt
I remember the precise moment that I fell in love with suspender belts, and I remember the exact one in particular that started my obsession. About three years ago, as I walked home from uni, every day I’d walk past a big department store and never pay it much attention, but one particularly wet and rainy day, I noticed this stunning set from Lejaby in the window, and my lingerie collection has since grown bigger and better due to the discovery of suspender belts.
This immediately became my very favourite thing in the world, and to this day remains one of my all-time favourites. It’s because of the suspender belt (which, strictly speaking is a waspie with suspender straps) that this outfit caught my eye and was such an object of my desire for so long.
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Buying yourself a set of lingerie with a suspender belt is comparable to a man buying a three-piece suit — not something you wear every day, often a little more than you were hoping to spend, something to be treasured and looked after, and something usually reserved for special occasions. There’s something wonderfully empowering about a matching suspender belt, which I have no doubt you’ll understand as soon as you put one on (if you haven’t already). A good fit is essential — too tight and it’ll dig in, too loose and it won’t do the job of holding up stockings (useless!).
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Every lingerie addict needs a fair few suspender belts in their lingerie collection, whether they’re shapewear/body sculpting, sheer lace, frilly, strappy elastic, high waisted/deep, low rise/narrow, retro, 4-strap, 6-strap, 8-strap… there is a style for everyone!
But even then, there are brilliantly innovative brands around creating whole new categories for themselves. Here are some of the weirder and (most definitely) wonderful suspender belts available today.
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Hopeless Lingerie – So cute and feminine!
Obey My Demand – New up-and-coming high-end luxury label, Obey My Demand, have created this beautiful silk and studded leather waspie/ suspender. Have a look at more of the collection here; www.obeymydemand.co.uk and watch this space!
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Bordelle – Not one to ever follow the rules, Bordelle’s webbed suspender is completely unique; multiple adjustable straps mean one can achieve the perfect fit, whatever your body type — perhaps not one for the faint hearted.
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Lascivious – This fringe suspender from Lascivious with a halter neck is cute, flirty, and a bit of fun.
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La Lilouche – If suspender belts aren’t for you just yet, then why not go for some knickers with detachable straps, such as these glitzy high-waisted knickers from La Lilouche — utterly divine and you can choose whether to use the straps or not as the mood suits.
I’d love to hear what you all love about suspenders, please share your comments below! xxx