I recently decided that I needed a proper garter belt. One that can actually be worn out and about and not one that is made - and I quote one of my best friends after I had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction with a garter belt, trenchcoat in a busy airport - "That garter belt you are wearing is made for legs up in the air in the bedroom, not for walking around".
So, I ventured out to What Katie Did, a rather famous retro vintage lingerie boutique in London with a great website. And boy, was it worth going there. The staff is fantastic, you are able to try things on - including stockings - and overall the folks are amazing.
I even tried on a bullet bra, but have to report that my tits looked the like Duffy Duck's Snout - I know, hot! :
What Katie Did also sells lovely, high quality corsets and I learned that I have an itty bitty waist and fit a 20 inch corset (TWENTY). I can't wait to buy the one I tried on. My waist was beyond tiny in it and it felt amazing!
So. Hollywood or London - two boutique location for What Katie Did - or online, I can so recommend if you want some sexy but functional "real deal" stuff.