Review | Charnos Hosiery Boudoir Hold Up

March 14, 2014
Stockings are an obligatory staple of the boudoir photoshoot.  Despite once upon a time simply being the only option of hosiery before tights were developed, stockings still to this day are favoured by many.  In their multitude of varieties, modern day stockings maintain that original allure of the bygone era’s nylons, and epitomise the sultry sex siren look.  Stockings are glamorous yet have earned a naughty reputation, perfect for channeling a provocative style in a classical boudoir setting.

I am constantly replenishing my boudoir hosiery with replacement favourites and new exciting styles.  Whilst I’ve discovered some really good brands, I’ve also felt the frustration and regret of purchasing poor quality inferior stockings.  These typically snag and ladder easily, wrinkle and lack that lustre decent hosiery shows.

If you’re not familiar with the difference between the two types, hold ups are basically stockings that keep themselves up due to the silicone backed tops, and don’t require a suspender belt or clips to fasten to a girdle or corset.  They’re less fussy and far easier to wear compared to stockings.

Charnos Hosiery sent me a pair of their black Boudoir Luxury Lace Hold Ups to try out.  According to my measurements (5’8″ tall with 40″ hips)  I was sent the M/L size.

The boudoir hold ups are a sheer 10 denier throughout the leg with a patterned lace top.  I really like the design of the lace which is modern and fancy without being frilly or floral.  The length of the legs are a good height, as I like to wear hold ups high on the thigh.  They grip nicely and firmly and for 10 denier are really robust.  I’m so pleased I tried these.  I do have a lovely bridal set of Charnos hold ups which I’ve been impressed with, so I’m glad they weren’t a one off.

You may notice pieces of my outfit here I’ve not yet introduced to you.  Be assured, you’ll see these beautiful garments again!


How do you feel about stockings and hold ups?  Have a preference?  Or do you just like to wear tights, if you wear hosiery at all?  Any favourite brands?

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  1. Tomzi

    June 19, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Wonderful! They suit you very well.

  2. pollypantyhoes

    October 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    im a stockings wearer love the whole suspender belt garter tag and vintage feel plus more comfy and less hassle when going to the toiket no bulge around the waste plus if you fancy a quickie lots easier no hassle pulling tights to admit thought I do also wear tights but feel guilty when i do mainly daywear as nightime got to be stockings but not horrible hold ups,always fall down on me,uk tights sell a little kit with some glue stops this happening would reccomend

  3. Christine Wyatt

    January 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    HI I love the basque you have on in the picture where is it from please?
    Thanks Christine.

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