There’s nothing I hate more than pulling on a brand-new pair of tights or pantyhose only to rip them seconds later.
Hosiery has caused many a fashion crisis over the years.
Right now hosiery is hot, hot hot! Everything from fishnets to opaque tights and barely there pantyhose. The fashion world is in LOVE with leg-wear at the moment but with it comes a problem, no matter how careful you are, the rips, runs and snags just seem to be inevitable and leg-wear isn’t cheap! No one wants to waste $20-$60 on a hosiery that they can only wear one time before it snags- or in some cases ZERO times if it rips while your putting it on.
Stylist to the rescue….I have a pretty amazing stylist’s trick for extending the life of tights/nylons.
This is going to sound crazy but trust me it works…….and it will change your hosiery life.
Freeze Your Nylons and Tights, yep FREEZE them.
The next time you buy a new pair of tights or pantyhose (and BEFORE you wear them), run them under water until they’re damp. Then place them in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. Take them out and let them come to room temp before wearing. You only need to do this once–after that, you’re good to go. The chilly temps firm and strengthen the individual fibers, making them less susceptible to runs later on.
This will make your nylons and tights last longer, stay run-free, lint-free and vibrant in color.
For a little extra insurance once you have your pantyhose on give them a quick spray down with hairspray. This bonds the fibers together, making your tights less likely to get runs or snags.
And just like your mom taught you, as soon as you see the beginning of a snag, apply some clear nail polish to the spot to stop it from running.
Stylist’s Tip: Never, ever put hosiery in the dryer. It will break down the elasticity in the fabric, causing that dreaded roll-down-your-hips-and-belly-right-when-you-sit-down-moment. Always hand wash in COLD water (remove any rings and make sure nails are filed or wear gloves, before washing) and then hang to dry.