Garter (stockings)
Garters are articles of clothing
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: narrow bands of fabric fastened about the leg, used to keep up stocking
A stocking, , is a close-fitting, variously elastic garment covering the foot and lower part of the leg. Stockings vary in color, design and transparency...

s, and sometimes socks
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. Normally just a few inches in width, they are usually made of leather or heavy cloth, and adorned with small bells and/or ribbons. In the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, they were tied just below the knee, where the leg was slenderest, to keep the stocking from slipping. The advent of elastic
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 has made them less necessary from this functional standpoint, although they are still often worn for fashion
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