Our Founder's Story

Andy Paige - TV style expert, author, inventor of the GirlyGoGarter
Andy Paige, celebrity style expert (TLC, Style Network, and more)

After 200 episodes of television wearing a hot mic pack attached to the back of my bra or strapped around my waist, hooked to my pants or falling out of my pockets, I started thinking that there must be better way to wear an audio transmitter.  The crew of my latest TV show, TLC’s Ten Years Younger, gave me a leg strap, but once I got hot and sweaty, down it went. That thing never stayed up.

While out training for a marathon after filming, I had the idea to cut up a moisture-wicking athletic shirt, attach some hook and eye closures from an old bra, and coat the contraption with hot glue for friction. That night I did a little sewing, and I tried it out the next day on set.  Viola! It worked… until I got hot and sweaty and down it went.  But my crude prototype did work much better than anything else I had tried.  I knew I was on to something.

Just back from a 24-city book tour launching my first book, Style On A Shoestring (McGraw Hill), and only 5 days away from the start of my next season of Ten Years Younger, I was being my usual, climb-higher, run-longer, try-harder, daredevil self.  After standing in line to do so, I jumped off of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic ocean, but I didn’t quite make it as planned.  I missed the water.

My right leg thankfully took the brunt of the impact.  I could see immediately after jumping that I wasn’t going to make it in the water, so I adjusted myself mid-air as to not land on my tailbone.  I landed feet first on the rocks below and pushed myself into the ocean. 

Relieved to feel the water all around me, I reached to squeeze my arms and body, to reassure myself that I was not paralyzed.  I had saved my life. But when I went to kick in the water, I felt the drag. I knew immediately that I had severed my right foot.

After 7 reattachment and reconstruction surgeries, I was feeling very sorry for myself and honestly, I was so mad – just livid with God.  I couldn’t understand! I had always been a good girl, I worked hard (really hard) for everything I had achieved.  I just couldn’t believe I wasn’t going to walk again, run another marathon, continue my TV career, or build my life as I had planned.  Yelling, screaming, crying… I went at God hard in that hospital room that day (really hard). 

Exhausted and feeling hopeless, in the stillness of the aftermath of my fight with God, it came to me.  What about the mic-pack holder?  Yeah!  What did I decide to call it? Frock Pocket? Thigh Holder?  Oh, yes… The GirlyGoGarter.  I could develop and sell that even if I couldn’t walk.  I could do all of the research, maybe raise some money and bring that to market even from a wheelchair or crutches.  Crutches!  Oh, my goodness! I knew instantly that I needed to perfect the GirlyGoGarter, not just as a mic-pack holder, but I would NEED it for my future on crutches. You can’t carry a purse when you’re on crutches! The lightbulb went off, the clouds parted, and I had a new purpose and passion.  The GirlyGoGarter!

I worked feverishly from my hospital bed on some aspect of product development every single day. Naively, I would have never guessed it would take me nearly 3 years, several difficult trips to Asia, dozens of prototypes, beta trials with hundreds of women, packaging debacles, shipping issues and more to perfect the GGG and get it ready for market.  I raised nearly $300,000 dollars from friends, family and women who believed in me, and we launched our little company in August 2013.

After 70 tradeshows, the GirlyGoGarter®, the GlitzyGoGarter®, and the Under Wraps® could be found in over 6,500 stores worldwide, including 4200 CVS stores here in the U.S.  We had distribution in dozens of countries, our patents came through, and progress was the daily push for our brilliant team of mostly stay-at-home moms.  But the COVID-19 pandemic hit our multiple markets hard.

No more events, travel, weddings, graduations, proms, or even opportunities to go outside.  We lost our distributors, over 1,500 retailers went out of business, and CVS ended our contract.  2020 was devastating in every way.

But we have never missed payroll, and we have never given up hope.  We’ve continued to regroup, refocus, and rededicate our little company, because we still believe we can change the world.

No matter what, we believe in women.

We believe women are powerful, clever and infinitely resourceful.  Women are imaginative and generous, compassionate and capable.  We believe every woman is on her own journey. As she travels the world to find her place, to make her mark, to live into her potential, the least we can do is help carry her stuff!

 

XOXO,
Andy



Check out Andy's Bio
FAQ

What is the GirlyGoGarter® and how does it work?

The GirlyGoGarter® is a smart, sexy innovation in functional lingerie, made of two-way stretch microfiber with latex-free patented GentleFlex™ grippers, invented and developed by celebrity beauty & style expert Andy Paige. It was more than 5 years in the making and involves at least 19 patents (we weren't kidding about the innovation part)! For more about the GirlyGoGarter®, how it works, what you can carry in it, and who it's designed for, visit the About page. For more about Andy Paige, check out her bio.

What's my size?

The GirlyGoGarter® is designed to fit women's sizes 0-24. Our sizing is based on USA standard ladies' pants sizes. So, if you wear a size 10 in dress pants, you probably wear a size M GirlyGoGarter®.  If you want to wear your garter higher on your thigh, you may need a larger size than if you choose to wear your garter closer to your knee.  

The BEST way to make sure you get the correct size is to measure around your thigh at the location where you plan to wear the garter. 

**If, after measuring, you're still unsure about your size, go smaller, as our garters need to stretch in order to grip.

GirlyGoGarter® Size USA Ladies' Pants Size ~ Length
Small 0 - 6 14" / stretches to 23" (35 cm / 58 cm)
Medium 8 - 14 16" / stretches to 25" (40 cm / 63 cm)
Large 16 - 24 22" / stretches to 33" ( 55 cm / 83 cm)

What's the difference between the GirlyGoGarter® and the Underwraps™?

The UnderWraps™ is the simpler, more economical version of our original GirlyGoGarter®. UnderWraps™ come in only two different sizes and colors, whereas the GirlyGoGarter® comes in 3 sizes and 9 awesome colors. Both garters use our patented GentleFlex™ grippers; but the GirlyGoGarter® has more of them, allowing it to carry more weight than the UnderWraps™. Finally, the GirlyGoGarter® uses a slightly higher-grade lace. We love both products, and they both let you carry your essentials and keep your hands free!

How do I wear it so it doesn't slip down?

1. Put the GirlyGoGarter® on your clean, lotion-free, bare thigh (or over fishnet hosiery).

2. Stretch the garter tight around your thigh and secure it with the Velcro at the back of your leg.

3. Load your necessities in the easy-access or lock-flap pockets.

DON'T DO THIS:

X Don't try to wear the GirlyGoGarter® over nylons, pantyhose or pants - it won't stay put unless it's gripping your bare skin.

X Don't put lotion on your leg before putting on the GirlyGoGarter®.  Anything between the grippers and your clean, bare leg will cause the garter to slip down.

X Don't close the Velcro and then pull the GirlyGoGarter® up your leg like a stocking. It won't stay up unless you stretch the grippers around your thigh AND THEN attach the Velcro tightly.

How do I take care of it?

Lotions or oils on your skin can reduce the "stickiness" of our patented GentleFlex™ grippers. Simply wipe grippers with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to return them to their original grip.

GirlyGoGarters® can be hand-washed or put in the washing machine on the delicate cycle. GlitzyGoGarters® must ONLY be hand-washed - never put in the washing machine. Also, NEVER put any of our garters in the dryer, as this will ruin the patented grippers.

As with any beaded garment, beads may occasionally fall off the GlitzyGoGarter® from time to time with regular wear.  This is normal and not preventable, though careful care and hand-washing will minimize the loss.  

Shipping

We ship all over the world, via USPS, FedEX and UPS, and we offer FREE standard shipping to anywhere in the continental USA!

U.S.A.

If you select USPS as your shipping provider, please understand that the U.S. Post Office does not guarantee estimated ship times. Please allow up to 48 hours processing time before your items are shipped. These 1-2 days are in addition to the estimated days to delivery given by the shipping provider.

COVID NOTICE: Shipping is taking longer than usual these days via ALL METHODS, so please keep that in mind when you place your order.  Both the U.S. Postal Service and private carriers expect shipping delays right now.  We'll get your items shipped as quickly as possible, but we unfortunately can't control how quickly shipping services can get your items to your doorstep.  We've been getting reports of items marked as "delivered" 24-48 hours before they actually arrive.  Again, we don't have control over this leg of the delivery (pardon the pun!), but if you don't receive your items within a few days of their delivery date, please let us know.

INTERNATIONAL

For orders outside North America, it may take up to 6 weeks to receive your order, depending on the customs procedures of the receiving country.  We are not responsible for extra customs charges you are asked to pay by your home country.  We do our best to help reduce the chance you will have to pay anything extra, but we cannot control what actually happens at your country's customs office. 

(USPS First Class International is not trackable, insured or guaranteed. We cannot refund you if you select this option and do not receive your package. Use this shipping option at your own risk.)

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING Time Estimates updated for COVID

How to pay with Klarna

Learn all about paying in 4 interest-free installments with zero fees, using Klarna at checkout here: https://girlygogarter.com/pages/klarna

30-Day money-back guarantee and return policy

Andy and all of us at Andy Paige Style, Inc. are committed to providing the highest quality products and the best customer service around. Each GirlyGoGarter® is constructed with materials hand-picked by Andy for comfort, style, and durability. We want you to be 100% thrilled with your purchase. If for any reason you aren't, we will gladly accept exchanges of color/size of unworn, unwashed garters, or provide a full refund for defective products, within 30 days of receipt (confirmed by tracking).

Follow these steps to return or exchange your purchase.

If you experience a delay in shipping, please contact us within 30 days. UPS does not keep shipment tracking records past 30 days, so if you do not receive your shipment or your shipment is damaged, please contact us within 30 days, and we will be happy to help.

Contact Customer Service, and we will be happy to take care of you.

Privacy policy

Your email address and any other personal information you provide to us is kept strictly confidential on our secure server. We will never share your personal data with anyone, for any reason, and our payment processing is 100% safe, secure and encrypted.