At the recommendation of my friend Eric, I ordered a black and a white 8-strap garter belt from Stocking Store. Satin, adjustable waist, adjustable garter straps, metal clasps .. perfect .. and when they arrived I was pleased to find that the garter straps are very short. Yes, there is some adjustment in the strap length but the shorter the strap, the less adjustment possible.
I do have some skirts that are still too short for stockings but these garter belts hold my size long or size opera stockings firmly in place. No more removing, shortening and re-sewing the garter straps on brand new garter belts!
I’ve worn and washed (hand wash, of course) mine many, many times and they still look new. Made in the USA and at $39.95, a good value, in my opinion.
The strap configuration is not exactly symmetrical. The front, front side and rear side straps are an equal distance apart but the very back strap is quite close to the rear side strap. If I could say anything even slightly negative about this garter belt, it would be that the rear strap is a little too forward. It’s not easy to get the garter tab into the keyhole of a pair of fully fashioned nylons but this is mostly an aesthetic thing, and something only a stocking connoisseur would notice. But they do manage to keep everything nice and straight and are not prone to the dreaded seam-twist-to-the-outside.
Product number is #VB204S
You can find them here: http://www.stockingstore.com/Short-8-Strap-Garter-Belt-p/vb204s.htm