But first - 6 Strap Firm Crepe Suzette Garter
One of the the primary things I look for when buying a garter belt is that it has 6 straps and metal tabs for the garters. There are a couple of reasons for this but the primary one is that 3 straps on each leg will help your stockings stay up securely through the day and feel more comfortable and the metal tabs will help properly secure the top of the stocking and hold them firmly throughout the day. When I buy garters, it's for wearing not for just for sexy time so that rules out the cheap shit you can buy at Target or the hanky-spanky stores. Due to my size that rules out some of the more expensive places that sell high quality garters but only if you go up to a size 12. (fuck that noise I say)
I got lucky and found these garters on the Orchard Corset site and I LOVE them. High quality, durable, and a good selection of sizes and they are comfortable for wearing all day. This is usually what I wear under my corsets when I go to club actually.
One of the other highlights for me is the price point. At $16.00 they are way cheaper than a lot of the ones I would find in a regular brick and mortar store and they work great for me. I have gone through several of these because I wear them regularly but they hold up wonderfully and I even machine wash them!
One side note - on the Orchard Corset site the model is wearing hers way lower than I do, I actually wear mine up high on my waist, due to the material they are made of this garter actually functions as a lightweight girdle which in my mind adds even more value to it.
And with a garter you must have stockings - Berkshire Queen size stockings
These Berkshire stockings are my everyday stockings. One of the most important things for me is that I need the NON-STAY UP stockings. Any thigh high that has that silicone lining that is allegedly to help them stay up without a garter tend to give me muffin top thighs and I personally don't like that look.
The trick is to get stockings like these, that have the smooth, elastic free top that require a garter. This helps smooth out bumpy upper thighs and is infinitely more comfortable. I get these particular stockings in Q2 due to the size of my upper thighs but the Q1 actually fit alright too.
The thing I love most about these stockings is that they are actually made for bigger girls! The most annoying thing about some stocking companies is that the queen sized stockings are just really fucking long instead of being bigger for bigger thighs.
These particular stockings don't have any sheen to them at all, they are totally matte and one thing you will notice is that they don't have lycra in them like the pantyhose you are used to. This means they can take some getting used to, you may feel like they are falling down or sagging but in reality they aren't. I usually just throw them in a lingerie bag and toss them in the washer and then line dry them and they last me several wearings.
PS I've seen on other reviews people specifying that they aren't paid or compensated for their reviews so I figured I would add that note too. I don't get paid to use or review these items but that sure would be cool if I did...