When I was 12 my mother bought me my first garter belt and pair of stockings. She wanted me to experience wearing what she wore at that age. I felt grown up wearing real stockings and wanted to wear them all of the time. I had problems with vaginal infections and it was suggested by my doctor that I not wear pantyhose so I wore stockings. I also discovered that stockings with a garter belt was cooler and more comfortable during the warm summer weather. I do not wear pantyhose any more.