Don’t you just hate it when you wake up on a cold winter morning, put on your tights that you’ve only worn a couple of times to discover a ladder in them? Oh, and when you are in need of a replacement, find out that they are discontinued? So annoying!
Don’t worry we will not be discontinuing your favourite colour but we want to ensure you know how to maintain your special tights…
Your tights are doing their job/have done their job so it’s only fair that you do yours by looking after them.
What we want is for your hosiery to last as long as possible so in response to our aim, here is a list of useful hosiery care tips:
- Washing hosiery: When cleaning your tights it is essential to hand wash them. Our recommendation is to soak them with some detergent and warm water then lay them flat to dry. Alternatively, if you are washing them in a machine, wash them on a cool wash, in a protective wash bag. Please ensure there aren’t other items in the washing machine that may run or affect the colour of the hosiery. It is also recommended that you allow your hosiery to air dry, or dry them away from direct heat, and never iron them!
- Sharp objects: This is easier said than done, but try to keep your hosiery away from sharp objects and edges. Try to keep rings, sharp nails, drawer corners, Velcro etc. away from your hosiery!
- Fold you tights: Fold them in thirds and place them in your drawer, this will help your tights last longer as opposed to scrunching them up into a ball.
- Sit down and roll one down at a time: Yes, our mothers taught us how to put them on when we were younger, but the same precaution ought to be considered to maintain them when taking them off.
- Quality hosiery does matter: We aren’t saying you should avoid buying a pair of cheaper high street tights, but do keep in mind tights with Lycra and higher quality fibres will last longer. Hence why we love us some Bianca Miller London hosiery!
- Read the label: Make sure your tights are made of a sturdy material like Nylon or Lycra, to ensure a strong hold but also elasticity.
- Wear the right size: Tights that are too small are more likely to create ladders if they are over-stretched.
- Watch your nails: How you care for your tights makes a big difference in how long they will last. So be sure to watch your nails on both your hands and feet as they should be groomed to a satisfactory standard. Your toe nails shouldn’t be jagged or sharp. Use a file to smooth them out. We know how it can be after a long day but try to be as careful when taking your tights off as you were putting them on.
Final tip we heard on the grapevine…
Use a strong hold hairspray: After you’ve put your tights on, use a hairspray to strengthen the fibres; this adds extra binding to its threads, and will also prevent your skirts and dresses sticking to your thighs.