There are several reasons why strippers wear leg garters. Walk into just about any strip club and there’s one accessory that you will usually see on a dancer that serves a very important function – a leg garter. She’s wearing a shiny or satin garter that holds her money on her leg.
When The First Leg Garters Came Into Fashion
Originally the garter was a functional piece of underclothing that was worn just below the knee, designed to help hold up stockings. It’s design was more about helping you to hold up your silk stocking and it wasn’t meant to be shown off in public.
But, this item of clothing also has a tradition tied to marriage. In today’s world the practice of a bride wearing a garter is symbolic of entering into her new life as a wife.
In the legend the groom removes the garter from the bride’s leg and he tosses it to the guests at the same time that the bride tosses her bouquet. According to the superstition, the lady who catches the bride’s flowers perhaps will be the one to dance with the man who caught the bride’s garter. He places the garter on her leg and they share a dance together.
That tradition carried over into the strip club world, where a dancer can wear a garter, the customer uses it for tipping and then, hopefully they can share a dance in VIP.
Why Strippers Wear Leg Garters
While fanciful, strippers wear leg garters for a more useful function. Some clubs require that dancers wear garters because they don’t want customers tipping girls in any other way. Wearing a garter offers you some protection.
If the management doesn’t want customers to touch the girls while they tip them, they are obligated to put the money in the dancer’s garter instead. This ensures that the dancers on the stage get tipped in a respectable way without the customer going overboard with touching. Simply holding your garter out is a sign that you are looking for a tip.
A dancer’s garter is also her nightly money stash. You can keep your tips on you without having to lock them away every time you get off stage. Most dancers arrange their larger bills on the outside of their garter and hold it closed with a rubber band. From there, they are ready to give a customer their dollars in exchange for larger bills, without having to dig through their purses. Using your garter for money exchange ensures that customers always have dollars to tip on stage.
Having your money on your leg also reduces the chance that a customer could steal your purse. While carrying a purse all night is fashionable and useful, having money garter ensures that you will never lose your money and it will always be at your side. You can always know in a moment how much you made and see if you have reached your goals and how far you have to go.
Some dancers tie their garters around their shoe, under the heel, for the same purpose if they find that wearing one on their leg is not as comfortable. And, other dancers may use two garters just under their bottom on each leg to accentuate their assets.
Styles of Garters for Strippers
There are different styles of garters. The most comfortable ones are made of satin or velvet, they stretch and are able to last a long time. Other garters are more meant for fashion, like the sequin ones that may become scratchy or fade after a time from wear.
There is no doubt that the garter is one of the most important and most used items that a stripper has at her disposal! Incorporating a few stylish garters into your costumes looks classy, is functional, and gives you something extra to offer while you are dancing at the club.
Start Wearing A Garter Tonight!
As you can see, wearing a garter while you dance is useful for not only holding your money, it also gives you a different and more controlled way of dealing with customers. Incorporating a garter into your stage routine can be profitable and add something extra to your show.
Having a garter on you enables you to trade in your dollars with a customer at their table, or give change when you are in the Champagne Room or VIP. You can save time giving change on the spot instead of waiting to get change at the bar. You may get an extra tip as well!
And it’s a good way to ensure that no one ever steals your money. You will always have it by your side and won’t have to worry about leaving it somewhere like you would if you had carried a purse with you. Start using a garter tonight and see the difference.