7 tips for making your tights last longer

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If you are the sort of person who has to bulk-buy new tights around this time of year because the ones you kept from spring are laddered, baggy and feature more holes than a piece of Leerdammer then listen up.




The simple truth is that if you wash and handle your tights like any other item of clothing then you will need to keep replenishing them. If however, you take a little more care and follow our hacks below, you can find yourself investing in more luxurious brands that will go the distance.
Pop them in the freezer

Before the first wear, strengthen the fibres of box-fresh tights by running them under water until damp. Then place them in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. Wait until they have thoroughly defrosted before attempting to wear. This should make them less prone to running.
Go inside-out

When washing tights – be it in the machine or by hand, turn them inside-out. This is the best way to get rid of dead skin cells and prevent those annoying bits of fluff sticking to the outside.
Stay cool

Hand-washing helps hosiery last longer, but if using a washing machine, stick to cold or cool temperature settings. Tumble-drying is also a no-no, always hang them out to dry.
Compartmentalise them

If washing tights in the machine, separate them into a delicates bag or pillowcase to avoid them snagging on other items, such as bra clips and buttons.
Don’t be soft

As in, don’t add fabric softener to machine washes, as this only serves to break the fibres in tights down.
Pull the right way

Always pull tights up from the ankle gradually and never from the thighs. This is the best way to evenly distribute coverage when wearing opaques.
Go large

If you’re in-between sizes when it comes to hosiery, always go up a size. Over-stretching fibres will only cause them to wear faster.

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