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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Six (6) & eight (8) strap metal clasp suspender belts

History of 6 (six) and 8 (eight) strap suspender belts

In the medieval period, garters or suspender belts with six or eight straps were worn in a similar fashion. The Order of the Garter is the highest order of knighthood in Britain. Its motto, Honi soit qui mal y pense ("shamed be the person who thinks evil of it"), is based on the story of a gathering in which a woman's garter fell off, and the King picked it up and slid it up her leg for her. The king said the motto in answer to the knights snickering at the event. Also, in medieval times, the groom's men would rush at the new bride to take her garters off her as a prize.

20th Century use of 6 and 8 strap suspender belts
Garter belts were a common, popular alternative to the girdle in the 1940s through the 1960s, especially among teens and young women. The garter belt was simpler and more practical than the girdle because it basically was used only to hold up stockings. It was considered more comfortable than a girdle. Some men's magazines featured models in garter belts and stockings, sometimes with slips or petticoats.