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How to Make Your Tights Last All Winter and Beyond

posted: 11/11/16
by: Amanda Mushro

As the weather gets colder, you might be pulling on a pair of tights so that you can still rock your favorite skirts and dresses. While we love the look of tights in the colder seasons and that we can expand our summer and spring wardrobe into the winter, we don't love spending a fortune on tights that rip, tear, or get stretched out after we've only worn them a few times. So here's how you can keep your winter outfits looks stylish and adorable with tights that you won't have to keep replacing all winter long.

Freeze Them First- When you get a new pair of tights, don't just put them on and head off to work. Throw the tights in the freezer first. Yes, the freezer! Start by wetting the tights and tossing them in a freezer bag before placing them in the freezer overnight. Freezing helps keep your tights run-free, lint-free, and helps them maintain their color. You only need to do this one with your tights, but you'll be shocked at the difference this makes maintaining the look of your tight.

Protect Your Toes- If you buy tights with reinforced toes, you probably won't take your shoes off at the end of the day and see your toes popping out. However, if you can't find reinforced tights, try this hack. If you wear thin, nylon, no-show socks on top of your tights, you'll protect your tights from ripping and keep your toes inside where they belong.

Wash the Right Way- It's best to hand-wash all of your tights. Using a gentle cleaner, dish soap, or even few tablespoons of vinegar, will help to keep your tights looking and smelling great. If you have to wash your tights, be sure to put them in a garment bag first and again use a cup of vinegar, instead of detergent, and wash on the gentle cycle.

Skip the Dryer- After washing, don't put your tights in the dryer. This breaks down the fabric, leads to snags, and can stretch your leggings so the waist band starts to roll. Just hang them up or toss them over your tub or shower to air dry.

The Nail polish Trick- If you do see a run or hole starting in your tights, don't forget the old trick of a little clear nail polish. It's a great way to stop the fabric from ripping further.