How do I put on tights

General tips on fine tights

Stocking killer table leg

Proper handling of tights - hands and feet

Fine tights should normally be treated carefully so that you can enjoy them for a long time. Unkempt hands and feet or fingernails that are too long may create a ladder when you put them on for the first time, which should be taken into account. It therefore makes sense to remove or at least smooth the callus at regular intervals, e.g. during a full bath or after a foot bath. This is relatively easy and absolutely painless.

Afterwards, a little body milk / lotion should be applied so that the skin is nicely cared for and softer. It is the same with skin hooks on the fingers. These can easily be removed with special cuticle scissors. This procedure should be part of daily care. This means that your hands and feet are well prepared to handle fine tights with care.


The safe way to ladder

In addition to the skin hooks that may be present, there are also many 'natural enemies' of tights. These are generally table and chair legs, zips on skirts and extravagant flourishes on shoes. So a certain amount of caution is required here. Velcro fasteners on jackets, pants, shoes or sandals have also proven to be a particularly aggressive stocking killer. One moment you don't pay attention, and several strings are already drawn.

Durability of fine tights

In general, it can be said that durability is directly related to thickness. But as always: no rule without exception.

There are also differences between cheap and expensive tights. Another criterion is the surface quality of the tights. Smooth surfaces and relatively tight-fitting fabrics offer fewer points of attack for mechanical stress.

Depending on the model, fine tights have a 'lifespan' of several weeks to months (apart from a few exceptions), whereby the use is very important. Worn open, the risk of external damage is of course higher, but with a little caution, you can often wear even the finest model.

So over a period of three months (beginning of June to end of August '03) with daily open use of 8 ... 20 models (tights, hold ups, socks, feet) and without 'protective socks', I only have one sock and two hold-ups 'destroyed'. In either case, there was a ladder hole under the foot. A stone or some hay was probably caught in the sandal and caused the damage. Slight signs of use, such as small threads, were partly to be complained about, but that's about it.

The often-made assertion 'the fine ones are already ruined by looking at them'is therefore complete nonsense. It primarily depends on the quality of the tights, as well as on your own skill, how long and how often you can wear tights.

Damaged heel

However, there are also models that have a 'knitted-in weakness' - transparent high-gloss tights. After a while, these show the first signs of dissolution, especially on the heels. In this regard, it makes no difference whether you wear a 'just die' or a 'Kunert'. That is why it is particularly important with these models to always put them on the right way round. Unfortunately, these models are often not shaped or the back label is missing.

Make tights more durable

Tights are generally made of polyamide (PA 6.6 - nylon). In contrast to Perlon (PA 6), it has better mechanical stability, but less ability to absorb water. The plastic absorbs water through diffusion, which gives it greater flexibility and toughness. Accordingly, there is an assumption that pantyhose becomes more durable, the higher the water content in the fiber. So it can be useful to wash tights before putting them on for the first time. There is also the myth that it can also be helpful to also freeze the tights. Since I'm not a chemist, I can't say whether it will actually do anything.

But there is another reason why the pre-wash cannot damage it: possible residues from the dyeing of the stockings. Especially with black tights, the water sometimes becomes very discolored. And if this fact means that the tights may last longer, then washing them beforehand has paid off twice.

Put on tights

A note on how to wear them (especially for the inexperienced): trying to put them on like jeans is fatal for tights. So now a little guide on how to put on tights safely:

If you don't have formed tights, then you should carefully check where your heels were last. It does happen that small threads have been pulled in the heel area. These wouldn't look particularly good on the top of your foot. In this case, tights with a sewn-in back shield are advantageous. It is immediately visible where the back is (e.g. with Kunert). With some tights you can also see that the gusset at the front may be a bit larger.

  • The tights should be rolled up. I. E. either carefully roll up / roll up between the thumb and index / middle fingers up to the tip or carefully slide one hand into the leg section up to the tip and only then push it together.

  • Now pull the tights over your toes.

  • Now pull the tights between your thumbs and fingertips up to above your knees (watch out for your fingernails).

  • The same thing now follows with the other foot.

  • This is followed by the thighs. Because it could get a bit tighter here, it should be unrolled and pulled a little more carefully.

  • Only when the legs are sitting well do you put on the panties.

  • Last but not least, a check is made to ensure that the tights fit well and that all stitches are reasonably straight. If not, the tights should be tightened again.

  • To shoot down, "pull out" your toes a little so that your toes are not constricted. This is very useful in winter.

Another tip to take off and then: Here, too, it is important to watch out for skin ticks, jewelry and "dangerous" clothing. When the tights are taken off, they should not be cuddled together and disappear into a corner, but rather they should be carefully unrolled and shaken out. This preserves the shape of the tights. At the same time, it is clearly visible how the tights were worn around. This is important for the next dressing.

Another tip: If all filing, cutting and snapping your fingers are of no use, you can also buy special gloves made of fine cotton in the stocking specialist departments / stores. This should be able to tame even the "sharpest claws".

If you want to have it a little clearer, you can take a closer look at putting on tights on another page.

Shaped - does that have to be?

Yes and no! - Unfortunately, shaped or pre-shaped stockings and tights do not necessarily have a better fit.

After the stocking has been knitted, it is mechanically preformed (using heat). This creates the shape of the heel and calf. But since no additional meshes are worked in, the existing ones are only artificially stretched or compressed. A stocking that is not preformed theoretically has the same fit. It is different when the heel is knitted in.

However, there is still one major advantage: it is clearly visible where the front and back are. Unfortunately, the preforming of many tights does not survive washing. Lower-quality models pull together at the heels just like the rest of the material. The preform has thus been lost again.

After a long period of wear, however, even a model that was not preformed was brought into shape a little. You can then clearly see where the front and back was.

A sensible equipment is therefore a back label, which is available in high-quality tights and should actually be used in general.

How can you prevent the pantyhose from slipping in the crotch and waistband?

Unfortunately, this question from a visitor cannot be answered clearly.

There are various possibilities that are initially useful, but are not necessarily suitable for everyone.

  • Put on a pair of girdles over the tights
  • Pay attention to the "correct" amount of elastane, especially in the panty area
  • make sure you have a suitable cuff

As I have already been told several times, a pair of girdles prevents the pantyhose from slipping. However, you still have another pair of pants on, which may not be very comfortable.

It also depends on the right mix. The higher the elastane content, the more the tights tend to slip. The elastane tries to pull itself together and of course takes the path of least resistance - downwards. However, if the panty section is appropriately sized and offers a secure hold, the tights will stay where they should be.

The cuff itself should be wide and stretchy. The incorporated elastane threads must not tear. "Only the" has significant problems here. Flat seams usually reliably prevent the cuff threads from tearing.

A general problem is the waist / hip ratio. For most women, it is ideal to have a narrow waist and wide hips. This makes sliding more difficult. The cuff would have to stretch itself to be pulled down.

For men, the ratio is exactly the opposite. So sliding is naturally encouraged. Besides a few beers less and more exercise: what could help?

How can the cuffs be prevented from rolling in?

Actually not at all. The problem is likely to affect men in particular, whose cuffs have "submerged" below the base of their stomach at some point. Cuffs should either be as wide and stretchable as possible or designed as lingerie cuffs. In either case, it is unlikely that the cuffs will curl up.

As an alternative, there are hip tights, which have a low-cut cuff from the start. There is then nothing left to curl up. And if you want to be sure to avoid the cuffs rolling in, it is best to use hold-up stockings right away.

Which is better - should you wear tights with or without underpants?

This question from a visitor cannot be answered clearly either.

One thing is clear: the wearing comfort of pantyhose is much more attractive without panties. Especially when you are still wearing the ancient cotton pieces underneath. You should therefore think about whether it would not make more sense to at least switch to microfiber models, because these are much more comfortable and pleasant to wear.

In general, you should have tried both once to experience the difference for yourself. What you like best is the right thing for everyone personally. Of course, the whole thing also depends on the respective temperature and / or the clothing worn over it. So it's a very individual decision. I can't recommend anything more.

A sensible alternative to panties can be fine tights with integrated panties. Usually these tights have a somewhat firmer, opaque panty section and a cotton gusset. These tights are ideal for use under very body-hugging skirts, dresses and trousers. Especially with tights that are supposed to shape the bottom and stomach, a pair of panties underneath could be rather annoying.

In this context, it should also be mentioned that - regardless of whether with or without panties - the use of panty liners is generally always advisable for reasons of hygiene. In the case of tights, however, it should be noted that due to the higher elasticity the panty liner's adhesive properties must be particularly good and that it must not be too thin itself. Otherwise it won't hold.
By the way, these little helpers are also very practical for men and should be used every day.



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Page edited on 06/17/2018.