Nothing ruins a tights-lover’s day like seeing that first patch of skin show through her favorite pair. You just love how they look and feel but they never seem to last long and over time the money spent on them starts to add up.
There are a few ways to get a few more uses out of each pair so you save a little money and don’t have to buy them quite as often.
Look for tights that are completely opaque and list the denier count on the label. Denier is a standardized measurement of your tights’ thickness — so the higher the number, the less likely your pair will snag or rip in the first place.
Trim and file your toe nails so that they are smooth, otherwise you will ruin them before you get them on.
Use lotion on your feet, legs and hands a few minutes before, if your skin is supple and soft the pantyhose will glide over you skin with ease and will be much less likely to get caught on rough skin.
If you are the kind of domestic goddess who hand-washes her tights in Woolite and hang-dries after every wash, you get all of the gold stars. For anyone else, mesh washing bags that allow you to throw your tights in the machine are your best friend.
Be sure to choose a bag with a super-fine weave— tights can actually work themselves out of looser-weave bags during the wash cycle.
And, we learned this one the hard way: Do not put your tights in the same washing bags as your bras. Those hooks and under wires are hell on your nylons.
If you get a small hole somewhere it isn’t very noticeable paint a thin layer of clear nail polish on the edges to help keep it from running or getting bigger.
This is maybe the weirdest tip we’ve come across, but those who tried this tip made their tights last twice as long.
All you need to do is when you buy a new pair of tights, run them under water for a few seconds, squeeze out the excess, then freeze them overnight in a plastic bag.
When you take them out of the freezer, let them come to room temp gradually before wearing. You only have to do this prior to the first wear, and it’s said to extend the life of your tights.