Fair warning, readers, this post is going to give you some insight into my strong desire to organize any and all things. But, more importantly, let’s move past that and focus on the fact that I’m finally getting to my tights post! Tights are totally the bee’s knees, if you ask me. And frankly, in Chicago these days, tights are a thing of survival during a 6 month winter.
Okay, so let’s get down to tights 101!
1) I organize my tights in plastic bags (I warned you about the organization thing…). I also label (I know I know, REALLY organized) the plastic bags. But, in all fairness, when you get ready early in the morning, a lot of tights look basically the same- this is the black, brown, navy debacle. I avoid this by labelling and plastic bagging my tights.
I know, I know. But seriously, this really helps in the morning. When I put the labels on they say something like, “black, plaid, H&M” or “purple, sheer, Betsey Johnson.” That’s generally enough memory jogging to remind me what tights I am holding. Additionally, tangled messes of tights makes it hard to remember what you have. This way, you remember everything!
2) Whenever possible, I buy my tights at least one size up. There is basically nothing more uncomfortable than tights feeling too tight all day and then having to hike them up to your waist (and risk snagging them, which has happened to me more than once!). You would think the one size up tights would be too big, but really, aren’t all tights super small? …I mean, they are called tights…
3) I know a lot of people toss their tights in the laundry. Personally, I hand wash my tights. A lot of mine are thin and delicate and wouldn’t stand up well to a washing machine (even on a delicate cycle). This is up to you- I know plenty of people who wash them in the machine and don’t have any problems at all.
4) I put all of my leggings in the washing machine. I also bag them, but I don’t generally label them because it’s not really needed, as I can clearly see their color and patterns.
5) I buy tights just about anywhere, but not all tights are created equal! I have plenty of tights that are a lower price point that have really held up (Forever 21, H&M, Target). To me, this is all about fit and care. Going a size up, it’s much harder to snag a pair of tights that fit with some degree of “space” and “wiggle room.” And, of course, hand washing really helps with longevity. For higher price point tights, I love Hue tights. If I did wash my tights, I would probably wash those in a machine because they are pretty durable. I generally find them at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom Rack. I aim to spend about $3-$7 on tights. I try and get them on clearance whenever possible (especially this time of year).
And, finally, some of my favorite tights…
What are your favorite tights, readers? Any tights tips?
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