Although we commonly refer to them as thigh high stockings, hold ups are not like regular stockings which require a garter belt to stay in place. They also get called stay ups, because they do exactly that! Sometimes it’s simply elastic that stops them slipping down. Usually though, hold ups have hidden strips of silicone for a really secure (but comfy!) grip. They’re the perfect choice when you want the sensual look of stockings, but also a smooth line under close-fitting clothing.