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    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde [sign in to see picture]
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    Tazzy84red wrote:

    I've always attached stockings to the belt then put the stockings on and do the belt last. Never had problems with it at all or coming losse.

    I always find I get in such a tangle when I've tried this before, but I do know a lot of people who use the same technique as you and love it. It's like having homemade crotchless tights! 

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    Tazzy84red [sign in to see picture]
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    This is true how ever for me being a larger girl trying to wrestle round the bed floor trying to attach them really ain't a pretty sight lol. Guess it's like most things you have to try and do what works best for you. X

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    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde wrote:

    wildflower wrote:

    I'd never even thought about it till I read your message Jess but yes I do have the straps already tightened up while I'm trying to put the stockings on! This seems so obvious now and maybe this is where I've been going wrong for years lol!

    I'm off to check out the guide and video right now:)

    A lot of people do this as they think it'll save them time, but it just makes everything more fiddly in my experience.

    Let us know how you get on with loosening the straps first! :)

    Yay! Just tried this method and it works so much better .....Thanks for the tip Jess :)

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    wildflower wrote:

    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde wrote:

    wildflower wrote:

    I'd never even thought about it till I read your message Jess but yes I do have the straps already tightened up while I'm trying to put the stockings on! This seems so obvious now and maybe this is where I've been going wrong for years lol!

    I'm off to check out the guide and video right now:)

    A lot of people do this as they think it'll save them time, but it just makes everything more fiddly in my experience.

    Let us know how you get on with loosening the straps first! :)

    Yay! Just tried this method and it works so much better .....Thanks for the tip Jess :)

    Huzzah! So glad it helped! 

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    I don't have any problems fastening the front clips but the back suspender clips are a different matter, especially the one on the right leg, it always pings off my stockings.

    I have tried fastening my stockings to a suspender belt first, which does work well, but I especially love basques and corsets and it's not possible to attatch the stockings first, as I normally use the swivel method to put on my basques and corsets.

    But it's a problem worth persevering with as I feel and look so sexy when wearing them.xx

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    I struggle with thin straps with plastic clasps, but I have arthritis.
    I find the wider straps with metal clasps much easier with the same technique as Jess. The only thing I have real trouble with, is tightening the back straps, it's far easier if I have an extra pair of hands.

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    I always volunteered to attach the back clips for my OH when she wore them.

    Then I could check for straight seams and smooth out any wrinkles.

    Enjoyable for both of us.

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    Sarah's wench wrote:

    Have you tried pre fastening them to the suspender belt, that is how I do mine, helps that my stockings have a small back seem on the lace tops, so I know to fasten the back ones either side of the back seem and the front strapps opposite them, slide your legs in keeping the suspender straps untangled then fasten the suspender once all pulled up, hopefully you can then fasten the hook and eye suspender just like fastening a bra behind your back.

    I do it this way... i attach them first and then get into the outfit and the suspenders, this way is suuuuch an amazing and hassle free way to do it compared to playing twister with yourself and getting all hot n bothered.

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    teacake [sign in to see picture]
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    Watched the video it explans it well, My OH had never worn stockings so when i got myself my first one she was like ummm yea i don't know how to make it easy for you.

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    I too love to wear stockings and I agree that attaching them to suspenders can be a bit tricky and awkward. I’ve found that the suspender straps (attached to most lingerie incorporating suspenders) are too narrow. This, and the addition of narrow plastic clips to match the width of the suspender strap, is the likely cause of the problem. The combined use of plastic material for the clip and straps with a narrow width, usually causes problems (the twisting of the narrow suspender strap and the flexing of the plastic clip). This, I find, causes problems of attachment and an insecure fit. For a more successful, reliable and secure, attachment and fit, I prefer attaching my stockings to a wider suspender strap that has metal clips and sliders. This tends to avoid the usual problems associated with the attachment of nylon stockings to the suspender straps and results in a better fit and a more desirable look. I find that wider suspender straps with the sturdier, metal clips (like the ones you find on retro-styled suspender belts etc), are far superior to the flexible, plastic ones. I find that metal clips give a more secure and reliable fastening to my nylon stockings, whereas the flimsier, plastic clips are apt to flex and bend with the minimum of applied pressure, and detach far more easily. I have also discovered, through personal experience, that wider the width of the elasticated suspender strap, the less likely it is apt to twist and therefore makes the attachment of stocking to clip more straightforward. If your favourite lingerie items have detachable suspender straps, one solution would be to to buy replacement suspender straps. You can easily replace your detachable straps (with a hook at the top) for a wider suspender strap with sturdier steel suspender clips and sliders. These metal sliders, on the wider replacement straps, are fully adjustable and allow for an easier and trouble-free attachment of nylon stockings. They are more reliable and they provide a greater piece of mind concerning detachment issues - especially if you’re wearing your stockings out and about. Unfortunately, I am unable to find any such replacement items on LH. I’m sure that LH stocked pairs of clip-on suspender straps up until recently. However, there are plenty of stockists who sell wide ranges of replacement suspender straps incorporating metal hooks, metal clips and sliders, if you search on-line. My personal choice of a replacement suspender strap is one that would incorporate the following features: * a plush back (if possible) for comfort against my skin; * a strap with a minimum of 15mm (5/8inch) wide elastic - (preferably 19mm (3/4”) wide); * have a metal hook (of a corresponding width to the strap); and * metal sliders to allow an adjustable length from approx. 8cm-13cm (approx. 3-5”)

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    teacake wrote:

    Watched the video it explans it well, My OH had never worn stockings so when i got myself my first one she was like ummm yea i don't know how to make it easy for you.

    Think i'm going to have to dig mine out again and try some dressing up fun lol

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    I can never seem to get them straight properly and after wearing em a while and moving about i find they start to get saggy on sides as im very petite so difficult to find stockings to fits ive even tried hold up stockings that are meant to stay up without suspenders but because of my petiteness they still fall down :-( its a bloody nightmare

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    Thank you Jess!! I’m another one who has been doing it wrong all these years!! Hopefully I’ll never ping another strap again!!

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    I like suspender tights. Perhaps a good compromise when you are in a hurry but want to feel nice. I doubt any guy would complain too bitterly either.

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    Absolute genius! Thank you so much for the step by step guide works a charm!

    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde wrote:

    wildflower wrote:

    For me personally it's the back ones that are the problem . I spend twice as long fiddling about with back ones trying to do them up only to have them pop off as soon as I straighten up as I haven't fixed them on properly. Front ones are no problem .

    I'm was thinking I was strangely inflexible so it's nice to know I'm not alone!

    Do you already have the straps tightened to the final length you want them before attaching the stockings? A lot of people make this mistake. 

    (To me, that's like putting your shoe on after you've tied it up. I know people do that too, but the shoe will never fit as well - just the same as with a suspender belt.)

    The way I do it is...

    1) After putting the belt on (but before attaching the stockings) I loosen each strap almost completely so they're much longer than I need them (particularly the back ones). I also undo all of the clips at this stage if they're not already open.

    2) Next I put my stockings on. 

    4) I attach the stockings to the back straps first. It's usually easier to stand and feel your way around rather than bend round to try and see what you're doing. (If you really need to look, sit in front of a mirror, slightly to the side, with your knees bent, or on the edge of the bed/a chair. You can see the clip and stocking top in the arch in your legs.)

    5) Now you can stand up and swivel your stockings around a bit so the back straps are straight down your bum / where they should be (as long as they're not seamed stockings, of course! You just have to get those right the first time!) 

    6) Now the back straps are attached and straight, you can attach the front straps. DO NOT TIGHTEN ANY STRAPS YET. You should do up the front clips while you're standing up. Pull the stockings up a bit (as they usually drop) and attach the front suspender clips. (If you have a 6 or more strap suspender belt, you can do those up now.)

    7) It's at this stage you can begin tightening each strap one by one. I start with the front, and work my way round to the back. I also periodically lift a leg (like I'm doing keepie ups) to make sure the back straps won't come flying off the minute I sit down or bend over. 

    A note worth adding is that stockings and suspenders DO take time to get on. It is perfectly normal (required) for it to take around 10-15 minutes to get a set of stockings on properly, especially the first few times you do it / if you're out of practice. 

    I think a lot of people think they can slip them on like tights, and then think that they're doing something wrong when they've been fiddling for 5 minutes. You're not doing it wrong... That's just how long it takes!

    Here is a https://www.lovehoney.co.uk/blog/2018/02/23/how-to-attach-stockings-to-suspenders/ which might also help. 

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