To hold up stockings (a.k.a. garters)Edit
Suspenders are used to hold up stockings, attached e.g. to a garter belt, a corset or a girdle. This is British English usage, in American English these are called garters. Otherwise however, garters are narrow bands fastened about the leg to keep up stockings without a garter belt.
In the days before the invention of elastic, suspenders to hold up stockings were worn by both males and females of all ages. Today they are mostly worn by adult women. Men can attach suspenders to an undershirt or a dress shirt. In German-speaking countries, there was a special garment for children for this purpose, called Leibchen or Leiberl. It was worn between the undershirt and the shirt. This garment is no longer worn, but the word Leibchen/Leiberl remains and is now used for a singlet-style garment in sports, or in Austria and Switzerland a T-shirt.
To hold up trousers etc. (a.k.a. braces)Edit
In spanking artEdit
- Suspenders skirt
- Suspenders on Wikipedia
- Garter (stockings) on Wikipedia
- de:Leibchen on Wikipedia (in German)