(Closed) Other ways to wear a garter? (From Grandma)

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Put it around a ring pillow?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@NAvery:  I say leave it under your knee – I can’t imagine it would be comfortable anywhere higher! I’m squirming just thinking about the chaffing, lol. Other than that.. um.. groom’s pocket square?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I like wearing it on your leg.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

The purpose of garters are to hold up your stockings. Since legs tend to start wide at the hip and get narrower toward the ankle, garters have a tendency to slip down, doing a terrible job of holding up stockings. You have to find somewhere to wear them that the leg gets wider below the garter, so that it will stay up. The top of the calf just below the knee is actually where functional garters used to be worn.

Skirts were of course much longer then — although you could get away with tying your garter just above the knee if you tied it tight enough (it’s uncomfortable, though.) Once skirts got shorter than ankle/mid-calf length fashion resorted to garter-belts and thigh-length stockings. And then the sixties ushered in the mini-skirt and we all had to resort to pantyhose. But the fact remains that if you do wear an old-fashioned garter, just below the knee is actually where it belongs.

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