Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Reply To: Claire's stockings


just the tie, no such thing as elastic. but you’ve hit on one of the historic costuming world’s biggest internal fight: to tie above or below the knee. but as with most historical dressing we really haven’t a clue because there isn’t much evidence to go on. you can google it and see the debate.

i tie mine below the knee because although above the knee is sexier it doesn’t make sense to me; like a martingale collar on a greyhound if you tie above the knee they just fall down since the thigh is bigger than the knee. and silk ribbon doesn’t work b/c it’s too slippery. mine are made of twill tape. but you can buy leather ones that work like a teeny little belt.

(replying to try and figure out how to stop these stupid notifications by clicking every button in the reply field. I’m hoping if I beg the forum gods they will stop sending me emails for a show i stopped watching.)