(Originally posted March 15th 2013)
I think most of us can agree on that we've always bought pantyhose with the expectation that they’ll break, sooner or later and they don’t even have to actually tear to be un-wearable.
Pilling, rugged fibers and loose elastane fibers giving that unsightly sagging look are other problems caused by daily wear.
Whether you are a budget shopper or don't mind to pay a little extra for your products, lets make it clear that the "unbreakable pantyhose" is not yet invented and until then, how you care for your tights is a make it or break it (no pun intended)
So do you always get what you pay for?
Both yes and no, depending what you are after.
Not only is it the fibers and compositions that determine the price, but also the making, the packaging, the country of origin and as we all know, sometimes the name on the label.
In this post we'd like to give you a few hints of what to look for if you want the most bang for your buck when it comes to details that affect fit and durability.
1. Look at the composition.
How many percentage of Elastane/Spandex does the product contain. The higher the percentage the more of an elastic and formfitting product you'll get.
Compare different brands/products to get an idea of the range offered.
Are they flat or round seams?
A flat seam will lay smoother against your body and give less of a show through if wearing a tight dress or skirt.
(FYI. The flat seams are more expensive in production so with that said, it most lightly affects the price. )
We spoke about in yesterdays post as well. Do the tights have an added crotch or not?
The added crotch, usually in cotton, is favorable when it comes to both comfort and durability. It's usually an area prone to tears so that extra piece will give you more flexibility.
(FYI. In production, this is an extra step in the making process and more material needed so, it also will add some cost.)
4. The waist.
Wide or thin? A wider waist is usually a bit more comfortable and less of a chance it will bunch up like a rubber band cutting your stomach in half.
5. Toe reinforcement.
This is usually something you can see on sheer/thinner deniers.
Sometimes it's visible and other times it's invisible. Either way its a good deal because it's one of those other places prone to wear and tear.
And you know what? How you treat your tights is key! It doesn't matter if they cost $5 or $80. If you treat them like it's a pair of jeans you will be disappointed.
Handle them with care, sheer tights are more sensitive than opaque ones as the fibers are thinner.
Keep your feet soft and toenails trimmed. (Take it from someone with chronically dry heels, it's rough on the tights.)
Don'ts: Wash too hot, use fabric softener, dry in the dryer as all of the mentioned weakens the fibers.
Do's: Wash in laundry bag, hang dry, show them love.