OK.  I am a fledgling Pinup Girl.  I've only recently found this wonderful world of fabulous style, although I guess I've been circling on the outskirts of it for years...

I am 5'2" & curvier, especially in the thighs and ass region.  My legs are a little extra-short.

I have dreamed for years--for my whole adult life--of wearing real stockings and a garter belt.  I don't know...it just seems like it would be AWESOME.  But I always felt like it wouldn't work with my fat little legs...

So the big work Xmas party is coming up...I'm going to try to make this dream come true.  I bought a Rago garter belt (6 garters) which has a little girdle ability.  It pulls on, no hooks. I also got some "practice" stockings.  They are Leg Ave, lace top, stretchy. 

Results of my trial run...the garter belt seems to fit, but when I move it keeps trying to roll up on me.  The stockings are perhaps even more of a problem...they're maybe too long or too stretchy...or maybe they're just crappy...or maybe it's my thighs...but the tops won't stay flat and smooth.

Do I have the wrong gear?  Can any of you nice ladies recommend good stockings for someone of my size/shape?  Or are stockings really just for skinny girls?

Thank you very much!!!!!

Heidi

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Often when things roll up it's because you need to go up a size. Many Rago items are quite good as far as going up a size and not losing too much of the compression ability. I'm not currently aware of anyone who does petite stockings, but several places have stockings for curvier thighs. I have thick thighs and can't stand thigh bulge or rolling, so I get larger sizes. You may be able to find something at Isabella Hosiery , The Stocking Store , Secrets In Lace  or  Hips & Curves  .

thank you!  I thought I did size up on the garter belt, but perhaps not enough.  I also only tried on 1 stocking.  Maybe with both stockings on, the garter belt will stay in place better...I don't know...but thank you for the awesome links...

You're welcome. :)

Because of the shape of my body, I can't wear regular garter belts unless they are meant to be worn right at the waist. Everything I wear wants to move to the waist indent, and items that are not shaped for my figure will roll up. By the way, Brabarella  has lots of Rago to choose from, MUCH cheaper than most places, as well as a decent selection of stockings. Most of the items are shown on real world women.

This is a really good topic, I've actually been thinking of picking up a garter belt from What Katie Did and was wondering how it would sit on me and if it would move or shift throughout the day and if that's just considered normal.

I'm not a skinny gal either Heidi so these answers will be helpful for me too :)

Yes--there must be a way for zaftig girls to wear sexy underwear.  We're going to figure this out. 

thank you!  Checking out the George stockings now... :)

I love the George stockings! The things actually stay up. So, of course, every Walmart in my area got rid of them. And if they're available online, I haven't been able to find them. I've had some decent luck with Berkshire, but I keep hoping I'll find the George stockings again.

I've scoured the internet :( It's a Walmart exclusive brand, so it's pretty much available only at Walmart. But not on their website. It's a crappy situation, because I also get 10% off at Walmart.

Is it possible to use the George stockings with a garter belt?

If the bottom of the garter belt is riding up, it needs the tension of the stockings to keep it down.  If you can, shorten the straps and make sure your stockings are not too long.  (Sounds like you are already doing that)  I hear the French made stockings run shorter than UK made.  You may want to look for Queen/plus sizing as usually manufactures assume that if you have a larger thigh you have must also have a longer leg.  (Ha!)  Just make sure that you are purchasing stretch stockings and not non-stretch stockings or stay ups or the welt will be too tight.

http://www.stockingirl.com/ seems to have a good selection.  Other ladies have also sent a few links.  Perhaps contact customer service from one of the stores and they can help you find one that works.

Sorry, I haven't tried enough brands to help you futher.

 

 

Wow!  Thanks for all the great advice.

OK.  I just bought these...

http://www.stockingirl.com/stockings/SCTH10.html

They are a compromise.  They are "stay ups", even though I hope to use a garter belt.  They have lace tops and no Cuban heel, which make them less authentic for me.  However, on the size chart, "Queen 1" will (allegedly) fit someone who is only 4'11, but weighs 225 lbs.  That makes me feel like they will be wide enough at the tops and also not to long.  I am hopeful, anyway.  I will report back.

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