Garter. Banish that elasticized cheap lace piece of bridal tawdry from your brain.
Prior to tights, pantyhose, spandex, and even garter belts (which bear no resemblance to their namesake), stockings needed to be held up by ties around your leg. Garters could be a utilitarian length of worsted tape, or they could be silk ribbons, richly worked in embroidery with pithy, ribald slogans. Beyond its functional purpose, the intricacy of a garter could be a delight enjoyed by a privleged few.
I replicated a knitted pair from an 1860s pattern once. A narrow strip of six rows purl, six rows knit, a loop was located on one end, and a tassel on another. The tassel went through the loop around the lady’s leg, and dangled there. Tell me that’s not wonderful.