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Sock garters

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bowtielover, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. Sir Royston

    Sir Royston Well-Known Member

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    I wear Sock suspenders every day. Have doen for 20 years and I couldnt possibly consider going "naked"..

    Sock suspenders (garters) are quite different than shirt stays that keep your shirt tucked in and your socks i place...

    RBH

    PS. I buy mine from Fogey Unlimited
     
  2. blackbowtie

    blackbowtie Senior member

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    Resurrecting an old thread...

    I have tried so many forum-favourite sock brands; 90% of mid-calf socks do not stay up so I decided to try a pair of sock garters.

    The question is which online retailer sells quality stuff?


    I saw some sock garters at J. Press the other day...
     
  3. KemalOnyurt

    KemalOnyurt Senior member

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    have not tried, OTC is my new favorite
     
  4. Sir Royston

    Sir Royston Well-Known Member

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    Although mostly unrelated, I think it's great when women purposefully wear stocking garters.
     
  6. Aqualung

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    They're an anachonism today and were intended to hold your socks up before the days of elastic. But even my 100% wool or cotton socks have eleastic on top so suspenders are not necessary. And btw, they're called suspenders not garters. Garters are on the thigh like females wear to hold up silk stockings. (in the US they call braces suspenders for some reason)

    And if you do see these in films it's either a very old film or they are poking fun at the character as being old fashioned and stodgy.
     
  7. lbtemple

    lbtemple Active Member

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    +1,000
     
  8. GreySuit

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    I have to say, suspenders are great.

    Today, when suite trousers are quite slim fitted down by the leg, the OTC's make your trousers legs to stay high when you stand up. This is just pain - trying to pull you legs down - no way.
    But - suspenders solve the problem. I have quite huge calves and normals socks do always roll down. After I found suspenders I can use normal socks, and even the more modern - slim fit, off-the-peg, suits, occasionally.
     
  9. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Both suspenders and garters exist. The latter is an elastic 'ring' you wear at the top of the sock under a turn down, the other is a relation of those you use to keep your trousers up.

    Both are complete unnecessary in this day and age and purely an affectation for those that use them.
     
  10. Sir Royston

    Sir Royston Well-Known Member

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    "Completely Unnecessary" ? You should try walking a mile in my socks!
     
  11. chogall

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    Slim trousers don't play with OTC socks well.
     
  12. knittieguy

    knittieguy Senior member

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    People who say they are completely unnecessary these days must have smaller calves then me or something, because my socks-even good quality Pantherellas and Marcolianis- would fall down all the time. I hated the feeling. I wear sock suspenders/garters/whatever-you-want-to-call-them almost every day. I used to feel a bit sheepish about them, but I pretty much got over that, and it's awfully nice not to worry about my socks sliding down around my ankles.

    I think the same advice probably applies to sock garters as I once heard about whether one should carry a cane. If you need one, use it.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2013
  13. Marc Voorhees

    Marc Voorhees Senior member

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    I have worn Garters (mostly) every day for the past 3 years. i happen to love them, I have big calves and without them my socks don't stand a chance.
     
  14. Sir Royston

    Sir Royston Well-Known Member

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    Indeed..
    I have always been a keen cyclist and I think my calves developed due to this

    I simply cannot abide my socks sliding down.. And i have tried more socks than i though existed.. something to do with owning a clothing business!!

    However.. one failsafe option is too wear sock suspenders (garters) and I have worn them every day for.. well, a very long time.. It also means I have a makeshift catapult if ever required!


    RBH
    Currently wearing Scott Nichol Henley sock with Thurston Navy/burgundy stripe sock suspender.
     

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