A frequent complaint from stocking wearers is that they often get bagginess around their knees or ankles. Choosing the correct stockings to pair with either a girdle or a suspender belt is something that has taken me a long time to get right, and in fact, I still get it wrong sometimes.
I personally don’t mind a little ankle wrinkle when wearing hosiery, but there are occasions when it is quite obvious that my stockings are way too long for either my legs or my suspension.
The ‘symptoms’ of stockings being too long can be:
- Extensive wrinkles around the ankles
- Sole and/ or heel of stockings twisting around the foot
- Bagginess around the knees
- Suspender straps not sitting taut against the thighs
- Girdle being pulled up too high above the bum
- Girdle being pulled down causing a muffin top
You may have experienced one or many of these annoyances whilst wearing stockings, if so, you may need to make some adjustments.
If you have bought a few pairs of stockings and they appear to be quite long for your legs, but you don’t want to throw them away, don’t worry. My solution would be to pair them with a suspender belt with adjustable straps. If you were to pull the straps as high up as they can go, or to a length that feels comfortable, your stockings should sit much better on your legs.
Another reason for stockings bagginess might be that you are wearing a girdle with the wrong length of stockings. Girdles should typically sit under your bum which means that the suspender clips might be lower down on your legs than usual. If you love wearing girdles and want to find stockings that work well with them, I would recommend going with shorter stockings than you would with suspender belts.
If you really want to become a professional, I would advise you to buy some sandwich bags (if you throw away your packaging) and label your stockings with the length or length category, e.g.. ‘short’, ‘medium’ or ‘long’. This will mean that you will not need to go looking through lots of packs of stockings to find the right length to go with your suspension.
I should also mention that I recently experienced the dreaded muffin top and it was so damn annoying! I ordered a girdle from Nylonz and hadn’t realised that their design had changed and the girdle wasn’t as deep as a previous version I had bought from them. I paired the girdle with the same length of stockings that I usually wear with the older version and left the house (in a hurry). I SPENT THE ENTIRE DAY YANKING UP MY GIRDLE! It was hideous. It also made me look like I had four hips, which I don’t think is a good look. So make sure you try out your shapewear with your stockings to ensure that you are going to be comfortable all day.
An added bonus of getting your suspension and stocking pairing correct is that you are less likely to need to check your seams and heels so often, as they should stay put!