The Truth About Tights
TOP TIPS TO MAKE YOUR TIGHTS LAST LONGER (THAN 5 SECONDS)
How many times have you seen your toes sneaking their heads out through a ripped tight, which was practically new? How often have they laddered, and you’ve only noticed once halfway to work?
Too many, right?
There are two reasons for these all-too-frequent problems:
- The care you give to your tights (Yep!)
- The method used to produce tights
Taking care of your tights
We have all invested at least once in our life in a more expensive pair of tights, hoping that it will last longer than one that’s half the price. Let us guess what happened - you were disappointed, weren’t you?
What you need to ask yourself is: did you treat that pair you’re thinking about the same way you treat your cheaper pairs?
If the response is yes, now think about a piece of clothing that you own, where you happily invested a greater amount of money. Do you treat that cashmere jumper the same way as your cheaper version? Obviously, we shouldn’t be.
Treating yourself to a more expensive pair of tights is an investment. So your care routine needs to be on top of its game. We already care better and give more love to pieces such as a silk top or cashmere jumper, so why not with our tights? This is particularly true for thinner denier tights. After all, tights are such an iconic item of our wardrobe!
Durability is everyone’s responsibility. Apply some changes and create a simple routine, so your tights no longer ladder on the way to that meeting, interview or worse - date!
The impact of the manufacturing process
To us, the Rolls Royce of tights is a durable tight with a perfect fit (regardless of your body shape) which beautifies your legs, and is comfortable and soft.
And the manufacturing process plays a crucial role in it. Making tights is complex. The yarn used for their fabrication - nylon and elastane - are extremely delicate and sensitive by nature.
To create a good quality tight, a manufacturer will need to make choices across different level:
- The type of yarn used
- The knitting technique (i.e the number of needles used will vary from one machine to another)
- The regularity of the mesh
- The quality of finish
- The added features (such as toe reinforcement)
The key to producing premium tights is to select the best option from each of the criteria above.
Some of you may have heard that tights are the perfect example of planned obsolescence*: producers can play with the level of chemical additives to make tights less robust, and therefore program the end of their life. The quantity of protective agent would have been diminished, making nylon more sensitive to UV and oxygen.
The reality is that some manufacturers might invest less than others in the making of tights, especially around the techniques designed to protect the mesh from external threat. You guessed it - these choices unfortunately come back to cost constraints.
Thus, looking at the cost of a tight is a good indicator of the level of craft and complexity behind the making of the tight, and therefore understanding its quality. We know some are on a budget, but a good general rule is: don’t be tight with your tights!
But, even the most premium tights don’t guarantee that they will last longer. Of course, its higher quality will improve its durability over cheaper versions. However, if we don’t treat our tights with care, we can’t expect them to survive much longer - especially if they are thin (i.e 10 to 40 deniers), as they will obviously be more fragile.
We are therefore confronted with a tough equation between the price, the thinness, the quality of the mesh and the durability of the tights.
Regardless of your choice, follow these simple rules to get the most out of your investment!
A simple care routine to know by heart
Here is a simple and effective care routine that will extend the durability of your tights.
- Machine wash: use a delicate program without exceeding the temperature of 30 °C.
- Machine wash: place them in a small laundry bag. We highly recommend the Guppyfriend**.
- Use a mild detergent. We recommend the EcoEgg laundry egg*** or Kinn Living****
- Avoid fabric softeners. They will alter the mesh and reduce its quality.
- It’s better to hand wash it if you can (3 minutes at its most!).
- Try to wear them more than once or twice before washing (unless you party all night long of course!). The less you wash it, the longer it will last.
- Do not put it in a dryer – it should only take one hour to dry in the open-air.
You and your tights:
- Moisturise your skin before putting it on.
- Don't put it on like jeans (yes, we all do it, the faster the better!)
- To put it on:
- In case your tights roll down (very unlikely with Billi London), do not yank on it to pull it up. Instead roll it up slowly from bottom to top with your delicate hands.
- Select the size that best fits you. Don’t worry, we will help you with this 😉
The cold is actually your tights’ best ally: it will tighten up the mesh of your tights and makes them less likely to rip or rupture. Place them in your fridge/ freezer using a freezer bag for a few hours to help your tights hulk out!
- If you don’t have a washing bag, you can use a pillow case instead.
Durability is everyone's responsibility
We all dream of unbreakable tights. Sadly, we’re far from this reality.
This is why we decided to work with the best experts in textile fibre from Italy, the cradle of tights making, to produce our Billi London tights. No compromise has been made when it comes to the quality of our tights!
But we need to accept that tights have a limited lifespan, because they are fragile.
Tights need a simple but efficient care routine. Durability is everyone’s responsibility.
By applying our top tips, you'll make your Billi London tights last longer!
Trust us, it works!
Tights are like your favorite cashmere jumper or silk top. You need to care for them and treat them with love! So don’t forget all our top tips.
*HOP : Halte à l'obsolescence programmée. “Collants : cas d'obsolescence programmée ? Signez l’appel de HOP ! (15 mai 2018)
**Guppyfriend: The Guppyfriend Washing Bag is the first scientifically approved solution to prevent microfibers from entering into rivers and oceans. It results in fewer fiber losses and thus helps your garments last longer.
***EcoEgg: Replaces laundry detergent and fabric conditioner, contains no harmful chemicals, just natural mineral.
**** Kinn Living: Award winning plant-based, vegan and eco-friendly cleaning products and certified organic body care, made in the UK