So a trend Brittan and I noticed about town last week that Brittan touched on in her 'Inspired' post is the wearing of stockings or socks with suspenders or garter belts as outerwear.
It was something I didn't jump on immediately because I really think it has the potential to look extremely slutty. That said our muse for this trend (an impeccably styled fashionista we spotted at Fashion Week on Broadway) really piqued my curiosity and sent me into a web based research frenzy.
The above examples are how to work this trend. I think they all achieved the look stylishly without being overly styled and without looking like they're wearing a Halloween costume.
How did they do it? I think the key is neutrals and or darker colours. My personal preference would be black or grey. I personally wouldn't do sheer, but if you will, keep it to a classic stocking with a thick top (as pictured) Most importantly don't forget your pants (or keep your skirt/tunic long enough so you don't look like you forgot your pants) Yep I'm talking about you Taylor Momsen.
(Taylor Momsen showing us how not to do this trend – via Just Jared)
My only thoughts against this trend would be half the thrill of wearing stockings and suspenders is the chance that you may get a glimpse. This is of course entirely from a male perspective (well sort of) so it's interesting to see it put completely out there, which is why I would avoid it as a formal look. I guess you could see it from a feminist persepctive, completely claiming your sexuality by putting it on display but I think the key is to not be overtly sexual with the look.
So, social analysis aside, if I've sold you on the trend then check out the sources below to furthur your inspiration:
1) Thigh High Socks – $6 – Sock Dreams 2) Silk Stockings – $70 – Agent Provocateur 3) Grey & Black Socks – $5.50 – New Shop 4) Stockings – $8.50 – Victoria's Secret 5) Grey Over the Knee Socks – $5.50 – New Shop 6) Brown Thigh High Socks – $20 – Sock Dreams 7) Thigh High Socks – $15 – American Apparel 8) Brown Thigh High Socks – $13 – Sock Dreams 9) Thigh High Socks – $40 – Agent Provocateur.
1) Vintage Garter Belts – $18.95 – Perpetual 3 2) Handmade Garter Belt – $75 – Toad Lillie 3) Vintage Garter Belt – $11.95 – Miso Vintage 4) Vintage Garter Belt – $18.95 – Perpetual 3 – 5) Lace Garter Belts – $18 – Victoria's Secret 6) Black Garter Belt – $30 – Victoria's Secret 7) Lace Garter Belt – $18 – Trashy Lingerie 8) Garter Belt with Bows – $35 – Trashy Lingerie 9) Black Garter Belt – $100 – Agent Provocateur
By Kelsi Smith