Reader S wonders about tights…
I seem to be having a spell of terrible luck with tights this year – I wear a pair two or three times and then find a hole or a run. I’m willing to pay more for tights that last longer, but I’m afraid I’ll just continue to have the same bad luck with a higher pricetag unless I get some guidance. Suggestions?
I think proper tight care could be part of your problem, but it may also be which tights you’re buying. As those of you who follow my Twitter feed know, I attended a press event earlier this week where Jenny Altman, the style adviser to Bare Necessities, sang the praises of Commando tights as being the only truly opaque, non-digging tights, as well as the praises of Wolford tights. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Spanx tights, as I mentioned earlier — they’re pricey but worth it! (Pictured: Commando 70 Denier Matte Tights Panty Hose, available at Bare Necessities for $34.)
That said — I’ve still had $8 tights that have lasted me years, so let’s investigate further…
1) Watch your nails — both on your hands and your feet! Even though it’s the winter, your toenails should not be jagged or sharp — at the very least, take a file to them and smooth them out. Similarly, if you have long fingernails, you may want to be very careful when you put your tights on and take them off — tights are more durable than pantyhose, but some of our pantyhose recommendations might be helpful here, as well.
2) Wash your tights carefully. I’ll be honest: I don’t quite have the energy to launder anything by hand, but if I did, tights would definitely be on the list — they’re one of the easiest items to hand-launder! That said, I usually save my tights for washing with my delicates — with Woolite, on the delicate cycle. Keep them away from bras (I put all of my bras in a lingerie bag) as well as anything else with hooks — if you’re not sure what might be in there, put your *tights* in the lingerie bag.
3) Airdry. Please, please, airdry.
4) Store them carefully. I like to use a hanging hosiery organizer, but there are also drawer organizers and more.
Readers, how do you take care of your tights? Which brands do you swear by?