My Love Affair with the Suspender Belt

By Pippa

I remember the precise moment that I fell in love with suspender belts, and I remember the exactly one in particular that started my obsession. About 3 years ago, as a 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.

Lejaby

Lejaby
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 as object of my desire for so long.

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Lepel

Lepel
Buying yourself a set of lingerie with a suspender belt is comparable to a man buying a 3 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 shape wear/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 which are 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

Hopeless Lingerie – So cute and feminine!

Obey My Demand

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

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

Lascivious – This fringe suspender from Lascivious with a halter neck is cute, flirty and a bit of fun.

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La Lilouche

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

9 Comments

  1. Thursday
    19/12/11 at 3:45

    I’ve always loved the look of that Bordelle suspender, but I have serious doubts about how good it looks outside a studio…

    My favourite suspender belts are by Kiss Me Deadly, but What Katie Did and Stockings and Romance are also fantastic.

  2. 19/12/11 at 9:24

    I am planning to get my first at DeeliteMe since they offer Kiss Me Deadly Van Doren suspenders with free worldwide shipping :P

    I wonder how much that Hopeless Lingerie piece costs…

  3. 19/12/11 at 9:25

    i have been wearing my garter belts just about every day since i ordered them from stocking showcase and i love the way that they keep my stockings in place all day .

  4. 19/12/11 at 12:10

    Can’t believe you forgot Kiss Me Deadly Vargas longline girdle! Although the Lejaby is an amazing amazing piece :) :) xxx

  5. pj
    19/12/11 at 12:11

    My favorite is my Rago 1294 high waisted girdle. It gives me support, it’s comfortable and it looks fantastic. I can’t recommend it enough.

  6. Amaryllis
    19/12/11 at 12:19

    Ah, now I had a wardrobe purge a while back and got rid of nearly all my tights – excluding fishnets and sparkly ones for very short skirts – and the suspender belt or girdle makes the basis for every outfit, it’s the first and most important item I choose. The majority of mine are from Kiss Me Deadly, and there really isn’t anything to beat the feeling of having a matching set of divine lingerie and secure stockings under the dullest most practical outfit.

    But I do sigh at a lot of ‘fashion’ offerings. If you want to wear them in the bedroom only, there probably isn’t any harm at all in slender straps, plastic clips, or a belt that sits on the hips. But woe betide a girl who wants her stockings to stay up, let alone a seam stay in place, with a fashion belt! Sadly, it puts too many ladies off wearing stockings outside the bedroom.

    Ladies – try a six strap belt that sits on your waist, and has metal clips. You’ll be converted forever, I promise. (Even better, a roll on girdle that will leave no lines under clothes and can be rolled down and back up again when you visit the ladies, rather than spending hours fiddling with clips or having vpl).

  7. Skypilot
    20/12/11 at 1:00

    Anyone know what range/year the Lejaby picture is ?

  8. 20/12/11 at 17:09

    KathtTea – Gaby from Hopeless Lingerie here – that garter belt was actually one of the first I ever made, from my first collection, almost 4 years ago – and unfortunately is no longer available!

    Gaby xo

  9. 21/12/11 at 5:46

    I’ve never used a suspender till a few week ago and OMG. It felt like heaven. I cannot stop using them :)
    I only own a few by Kiss Me Deadly but I cannot wait to get more!

    x

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