One of the tasks I had set myself was to go through my tights and clean them out and hand wash them all, ready for packing. To be honest I think I even surprised myself.
I'm not entirely sure how many there are but they are all different shades and most are quite old. So in honour of my ridiculous tights collection, I thought I'd share some hosiery care tips because I know I'll be heartbroken if some of these ever get torn or broken.
Hosiery Care -
1. Never ever attempt to put on stocking or tights with torn nails, fake nails or overly long nails. Nails must be neat and short or wear some sort of gloves.
2. Always wash tights and stockings by hand especially vintage ones. I find that washing them in a machine (even in one of those special bags) can cause nicks and runs.
3. After buying vintage tights new in the packet, check for discolourations. These can sometimes be removed by washing, as the colour bleeds.
4. Also with vintage tights make sure that you stretch them with your hand before attempting to put them on your leg.
5. Another washing tips - keep the water fairly cool-warm and separate lights and darks, just as you would with clothes.
6. I've been told that the best way to dry stocking/tights is flat (on a towel..) but I occaisonally like to hang them on the line. Being a tall-ish girl, I find that this light stretching gives me a bit of extra length.
Street Style Inspiration -
Facehunter + Australia = We're doing pretty well.