With a lifelong fondness for cinematic 'love goddesses' like Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner, I was always fascinated by lingerie and the secret contents of a woman's closet. My early memories contain amusing incidents of trying on slips and costume jewellery, trying to mime the women on vintage posters and postcards that I was so enthralled by. Little wonder that as an adult woman, I have amassed quite a collection of lingerie.
I've never believed that lingerie must be expensive to be elegant and seductive. While I own expensive pieces by companies like La Perla and Agent Provocateur, I also like to add inexpensive pieces by large clothing chains like H&M; the quality of the cheaper garments isn't particularly good, but the designs are often playful and flirtatious as well as quite chic. As well, it's good to own lingerie that can be treated with frisky playfulness; when a bra or a garter costs between $9 to $20, a rip or tear sustained in the bedroom is more likely to be greeted with laughter than a sigh of disappointment.
A week before Valentine's Day, I visited my local H&M to stock up on lingerie. I managed to find many cute pieces to accessorize more expensive garments in my collection, including a charming garter that retailed for approximately $17.99 (although my memory could be incorrect as this was several months prior. At any rate, the price was either equivalent to the value stated or lower). The garter was edged with a very short black polyester lace skirt with coquettish ruffles, and the band was a sweet blush pink. The hooks of the garters themselves were what proved problematic, as the size and quality of the rubber attachments made them difficult to attach to the stockings. That is a minor caveat, though: for the price, the style and design is impeccable.
I would, however, caution all shoppers to avoid buying stockings and hosiery at H&M. The materials used are quite poor, and the stockings tend to sag after a single usage. When it comes to adornments for the legs, never scrimp as good quality hose can last weeks and potentially months of frequent usage, because cheap stockings will either run or lose shape with one or two wearings.