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A woman wearing hold-up stockings
A woman in Japan wearing white hold-ups, 2023

Hold-ups or stay-ups (in the United States also referred to as thigh-high stockings or simply thigh highs)[citation needed] are stockings with an elasticized band at the top, designed to hold the stockings up when worn, without the use of a garter belt or garters (British English: suspenders).[1]

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  1. ^ Jean Feixas, Le bas, Paris, Jean-Claude Gawsewitch Éditeur, octobre 2012, 240 p. (ISBN 978-2-35013-361-4).