Suspenders (garters in North America) are small straps or bands that hold up socks or stockings. For stockings, they are usually attached to a suspender belt or the bottom of a corset or basque, and have special clips on their ends. Suspenders worn with stockings by women have a strong erotic appeal to many men. They are very popular for wear by transvestites. As with many items of lingerie, they are sometimes items of fetish. For this reason they are sometimes worn by striptease artistes.