Fall is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time of year to begin buying your favorite pantyhose, nylons, and tights. They will be sure to keep your legs warm. If you are like many fashionistas, last year’s stockings are likely filled with runs and snags. So how do we keep this expensive legwear in tip-top condition? Here are a five simple fashion tricks.
1. Apply hand cream.
By applying some of your favorite lotion, before putting on your stockings, your hands will remain silky smooth and your tights will last a great deal longer. Hand cream helps to smooth the rough patches of skin that can easily catch on the delicate fibers of the pantyhose and cause them to snag so easily. This tip is incredibly helpful for those styles that have difficulty recovering from pantyhose runs.
2. Repair them with nail polish.
For those extra special pairs of stockings that you simply can’t live without, try applying a smooth coat of clear nail polish at the first sign of a snag or run. Simply apply a thin layer at the beginning and end of the snag. This home remedy stops pantyhose runs in their tracks.
3. Get a manicure.
Or at least be mindful of hangnails. Applying hand cream on a regular basis helps a great deal, but it doesn’t always work for people who wash their hands continuously throughout the day, like restaurant workers or medical personnel. Give your hands the once-over every night before bedtime, using cuticle scissors to rid the hands of hangnails at the very first signs.
4. Use a mesh bag to wash your stockings.
Pantyhose are too delicate to survive the swirling and tumbling of your typical clothes dryer. Instead, place your stockings, tights, and pantyhose into a mesh bag. Use laundry detergent specifically designed for delicates. And always be sure to use the gentle cycle for the best possible results. Even when taking all of these extra precautions, some can only survive by being hand washed.
5. Wear footies or socks.
Those little footies that you wear with your summer flats can be a true lifesaver when it comes to your delicate hosiery. By wearing these tiny, no-show socks between the foot and the pantyhose, you reduce the risk of your toes accidentally breaking through the very delicate fibers.