'Suspender tights' is a term often used to describe two forms of hosiery.
Firstly, suspender tights can refer to tights (or pantyhose) that actually appear to be stockings (see photo above of the Belle Epoque Suspender Tights) - in that they are crotchless, but have a waist band at the top in order to hold the hosiery up. Imagine an 'all in one' combination of suspender belt and stockings, but made of nylon, and you are there!
Secondly, a popular description surfaced a few years ago, where 'suspender tights' became associated with tights that had a 'mock stockings' effect sewn on them. These tights are not crotchless, and simply refer to the pattern on a pair of traditional tights.
The main difference between the two versions is that one is crotchless and the other is not. For the purposes of this blog post, we'll take a look at the crotchless variety of suspender tights.
Extremely popular in mainland Europe, suspender tights have grown in worldwide popularity during the last few years.
Reasons for Suspender Tights Popularity:
1. Essentially, they are very similar as stockings