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Van Doren Suspender Belt by Kiss Me Deadly


Close-up of the Kiss Me Deadly Suspender Belt

Why the heck should you (I’m assuming that if you’re reading this article you’re a lady) wear a garter belt outside of the bedroom? There’s a multitude of reasons, but for me it simply started with my weight and body type preventing me from wearing most tights comfortably.

I have a pear shaped body which means that my hips are a very different dress size than the rest of me. Tights are pretty much made on the assumption that you’re either small everywhere or big everywhere… and short too. Don’t start going all tall AND big on tights, oh no!

What this means is that you have to choose tights size to fit the biggest part of your body (waist/hips/thighs) and hope you don’t happen to be too tall. The way tights work is the wider they have to stretch vertically, the less horizontal stretch they have. Basically, depending on how big and/or tall you are, it can be virtually impossible to have tights fit both horizontally and vertically.

I had a couple of really nasty experiences with tights that were fitting me properly everywhere but were ridiculously small in the waist (I’m assuming so that they stay up for women with narrow hips?). And when I say ridiculously small I mean so small that the waistband dug into my internal organs to the point of making me physically ill. Needless to say that after those experiences I wanted to stay away from tights for a while and started looking into stockings.

Very Short List Of Possible Advantages to Garter Belts

  • Fits a wider range of sizes and body types than tights
  • Comfortable
  • Marginally cooler than tights

About Kiss Me Deadly

Van Doren Boned Ivory 6-strap Suspender Belt
Kiss Me Deadly is a fairy new, independent lingerie brand based in London, England. Their style is a modern twist on distinctively vintage style with a strong influence from pinups and burlesque. They offer several models of bras, suspender belts, stockings, swimsuits and girdles. The construction of their lingerie is aimed at (but not restricted to) pear-shaped women as the founder herself is a pear shape. Kiss Me Deadly places importance on looks and functionality more than shaping so expect minimal shaping power with their suspender belts and girdles.

Van Doren Boned 6-strap Suspender Belt

I recently bought KMD’s Longline Girdle on sale at one of their online resellers but was sent the suspender belt by mistake. Of course by the time I received it and alerted them of their mistake they were sold out of the girdle and no longer planning on carrying KMD products. I was allowed to keep the suspender belt and was planning to sell it as I already own many garter belts, but I tried it on once and instantly knew what all my other (cheaper) garter belts were missing. It’s now my absolute favourite garter belt!

Click here to view the manufacturer’s info on the garter belt.


The Van Doren Suspender Belt is always available in the colours Ivory and Black. KMD is however known for releasing limited edition colours and prints. Some of the limited editions of the Van Doren Suspender Belt included black × leopard print, black × red trims and blush.

The suspender belt is priced at £34 (~55 $ CND) on the KMD website but it can be found as low as £20 (~32 $ CND) at other online stores.


– Metal clips
– 6 straps
– Clips have a great grip on stockings
– Really goes flat under clothes
– Comfortable
– Made for pear shape


– Plastic bones (unobtrusive)
– Offers no shaping

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