Suspenders aka garter belts are a form of woman's undergarment, consisting of a reinforced fabric strip, usually between 2 to 3 inches wide, which is worn around the waist, to which 2 or 3 elastic suspenders are attached on each side. The suspenders are typically clipped to the stockings by metal hourglass clips with rubber circles, allowing for adjustment and a locking mechanism. Suspender belts have always played a significant role in performances of the cancan , being considered an essential part of the traditional costume. As a general rule, the garter belt is worn beneath frilled knickers, revealing about six inches of bare thigh and providing a sharp contrast between bright white underwear and sleek black stockings. The convention has persisted into the present day, adopted by both professional and amateur performers. Fragonard's L'escarpolette : close examination reveals the presence of a gartered stocking.