Actress Kim Basinger had a scene in ‘Nine and a Half Weeks’, in which her character Elizabeth lifted her legs against a wall while she was viewing art slides; in George Michael’s music video ‘I Want Your Sex’, the model (George’s then girl friend Kathy Jeung’s body double), just like Kim’s character, was also wearing a black pair. Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville in the 2012 movie ‘Hitchcock’, asks her husband if her seams are staying straight?
Well, by now you might have guessed, the above women’s characters I mentioned, were all wearing suspender belts and stockings.
Before pantyhose appeared in the 60’s, women had no choice but wearing stockings; nowadays suspenders and stockings are quite rarely included in modern women’s daily wear. ‘Are we too busy for them?’ ‘Are they really such high maintenance?’ Or perhaps the feminists might simply dislike the whole idea that women are seen as sex objects by wearing them walking around in their stilettos?!
Anyway, to cut the long story short, men still love their women (any woman actually) wearing stockings and suspenders, however, the modern women seem to have less time and/or energy for them.
My personal experience? Well, whenever I made an extra effort to put them on, I truely enjoyed how I felt in them and how the look appeared to others. I felt ’empowered’ in them! And my favourite stockings were the seamed on the heels and back of legs ones.
There’s no doubt that stockings and suspenders highlight and frame a woman’s most sensual part of her body. They make a woman look ultra sexy and super feminine. One movie scene I remember very well, in ‘A Perfect Murder’, actress Gwyneth Paltrow wore her black suspender belt and stockings underneath a white shirt in her walk-in wardrobe… The sophistication of the style was undeniable.
Lately, perhaps partly due to the best-seller erotic romance novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (by E. L. James), the demand in women’s high-end lingerie has become exponential. Also thanks to Dita Von Teese, who’s signature style keeps suspenders and stockings ever desirous – by both men and women!
Although it’s totally understandable when we are in such a hurry to attend our work in the mornings, the last thing we want to worry about, is if the seams of our stockings are staying perfectly straight! Well, here I’d like to quote a male friend’s opinion on this as a wrap up…
“If I were a woman, I’d wear suspenders and stockings ALL THE TIME!!!”
Photo credit: self portrait