Debenhams has revealed surprising new figures that show a sharp rise in sales of traditional lingerie styles, with the distinctive, alluring snap of stockings being fastened to a suspender belt becoming popular in Britain again for the first time in almost 50 years.
Demand for the traditional style of lingerie is rocketing, reversing the universal popularity of tights which captured the market in the early 1960s.
The unpredictable spring and summer weather, as well as a growing number of celebrities showcasing their stockings on stage and at star-studded events, may be behind the trend.
Debenhams spokesperson, Ruth Attridge said: “Our British summer has started in the traditional way with frequent spells of sun and rain in the same day, leaving British women up in air about what to wear.
“Stockings and suspenders, just like leggings, have become the popular alternative to tights. They provide coverage for legs on an unexpectedly chilly day, but at the same time are cooler than tights and far more comfortable to wear in over heated City offices.”
Suspender belts effectively fell out of fashion with the introduction of self supporting tights in the decades after the war.
Woman rapidly abandoned the mechanical nature of suspenders in favour of the new, easy-to-wear and wash hosiery style.