HOW TO WEAR GARTER BELTS | A WARDROBE WEDNESDAY TUTORIAL FOR NEW JERSEY + NYC BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY CLIENTS
PEEPING TOMS? JUST ANOTHER ORDINARY DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER...
It's not uncommon to find me on the floor during a session, adjusting my clients' garter belts. Last week, I found myself shooting Boudoir Photography in Philadelphia. We were in a beautiful apartment with floor to ceiling windows, shooting a bride's boudoir session as her ultimate grooms gift. As I was on the floor fastening those lethal weapons...
I stood up to see her neighbor in the loft across, staring right back at us. What else could I do but WAVE and think to myself, "WOW! Someone is about to have a great day!" This is just an ordinary day in the life for me as a tasteful, classy, elegant boudoir enthusiast here in the New York City and New Jersey boudoir -land.
And I love it.
Many women have never tried a garter belt because they do not know how to wear them. So here are some tips and tricks from the experts at L'Ecole Nuit, on how to fasten and wear garter belts for their boudoir shoot wardrobe.
1. What type of hosiery do I need with garter belts?
Stockings work best with garter belts. The top of the stocking has a reinforced double layer to accommodate the garter belt clasps without ripping the stocking itself. Unlike thigh highs, stockings do not have a silicone band to hold them up. They are made specifically for garter belts.
2. How do I fasten the stocking to the garter?
The garter belt typically has four straps that hook the stocking to the front and back of each leg. Once you have the garter on, pull the stocking up (it should reach about mid-thigh), place the side of the strap with the nub underneath your stockings, between your leg and the stocking itself. Next, place the nub in the wide section of the corresponding clip sliding down firmly to hold the stocking in place. As with a bra, you can adjust the length of the garter strap depending on your outfit.
Tip: Your rear straps should be a bit longer to accommodate sitting (and other) positions!
3. Can you wear garter belts under clothing?
Garter belts that are made of a thin material like lace or silk are perfect to wear under clothing. Some styles even offer shaping and smooth the tummy area if they feature a longer front design.
4. Are garter belts comfortable?
Absolutely. They allow you to wear stockings and have your legs looking and feeling sexier than bare legs, while not being constrictive like pantyhose.
5. Do I wear my panties over or under the garter?
You can do both. Most images show the garter worn over the panty. Unless you are wearing it for a boudoir photo shoot, I recommend putting the garter belt on first, then the panties. Why? Because it is easier to pull your panties down without having to unfasten the garter. This is practical if you are out on a date night and need to use the ladies room. The other benefit - panties slip off easily - while garter and stockings can remain on during more intimate occasions.
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