Boudoir Styling Tips: Garter Belts and Thigh Highs
Mar 31, 2020 | By: Wild Iris Photography
When planning for your Juneau boudoir session, one of the easiest and most affordable ways to spice up any outfit for your boudoir session is by adding thigh highs or stockings and a garter belt. Even basic black or nude can be incredibly sexy and flattering, though there are many fun options out there as well. Collectively these pieces are known as hosiery. So what's the difference between stockings, thigh-highs, and the other types of hosiery?
Thigh highs are stockings that don't require leg garters or garter belts to stay up; instead they have elastic or silicone bands that grip to the leg so that they stay up on their own. The trick to thigh highs is to size up and wear them HIGH. You'll want to get them in 1-2 sizes above what the packaging recommends for your measurements so that you can easily pull them up higher without them squeezing your thighs. Then, you'll want to pull them up as high as you can (think 2 inches below your lady bits). Many women think you're supposed to wear these just above the knee, which cuts the leg short. But the higher they are, the more they elongate your leg and the sexier they look. if your thighs are a part of your body you struggle with, this also makes them smooth out your thighs like Spanx and reduce the visibility of leg scars, bruises, stubble, and veins.
Stockings are like thigh highs but they require a garter belt or leg garter to keep them up. The stocking and garter combo is a centuries old fashion staple. In fact, pantyhoes didn't replace them as the hosiery norm until the 1950s. So if you want the sexy look of thigh highs with a more classic or vintage vibe, a stocking and garter set may be the way to go. The same rules apply to stockings as they do to thigh highs: size up and wear them high!
There are a couple of different ways to achieve the classically sexy stocking and garter look
Garter belts come in all colors, materials, and widths. If you think you'll wear this look beyond your boudoir session, whether it be in the bedroom or as a fashion statement under a dress, you'll want a quality garter belt. Quality garter belts should be at least the width of your palm, and have at least 6 straps (one for the back, front, and side of each leg).
Garter skirts are, you guessed it, skirts with attached garter clips. they should usually be worn up around the belly button and down just below or above the butt cheeks. They're flattering for literally every body type, they can be styled to look edgy or demure, and are sexy whether you're wearing a sweater, a bra, or absolutely nothing on top. Garter slips are slips or dresses with attached garter clips, also called Merrywidows. They offer a little more coverage but are just as sexy.
If you're looking for some great garter sets, I highly recommend Bustin' Out Boutique, based out of Juneau, Alaska.
Here's another tip: These are just as sexy worn without stockings.
Fishnets. You either love them or you hate them. But they are more versatile than you might think. Fishnets can add an edge to your look when worn under a bodysuit. They look great too when paired with nothing but an oversized sweater or leather jacket. They key is to make sure that they are not too tight, so again, I recommend either making sure they are sized according to your measurements or one size up. Never underestimate the power of fishnets.