Make sure your skin and nails are smooth (hands, feet and legs). Remove jewelry that can snag the hosiery. Gather the leg within your hands and slowly run them up your leg. Once the hose are on, lightly wet your hands and carefully smooth upward, for a more perfect fit.
Need a tiny adjustment? Don’t yank or pull. Instead, inch hose up from your ankle to waist, or take them off and start over.
If you are the “toe-run” type, leave a little extra room in the toe area when putting hose on, or select reinforced toe styles.
Always check your shoes and boots for any rough edges, which could cause a run. Boots can be bad news for hosiery. There is a tendency for wear to occur at the top of the boot, so we suggest that you do not wear your “best” hosiery with boots.
Don’t forget that pantyhose are just as likely to be damaged when taking them off, so take off your hosiery just as carefully as you put them on.
“Denier” is the measured weight of the yarn used. 5 is the sheerest and 100 is the most opaque, or solid. 15 denier is the average for sheer hosiery and 50 denier is the average for opaque hosiery. It is important to remember that the more sheer the pantyhose, the less durable it will be.
STANDARD PANTYHOSE AND TIGHTS SIZE CHART:
PLUS SIZE PANTYHOSE AND TIGHTS SIZE CHART:
STOCKINGS AND STAY-UPS SIZE CHART:
Proper sizing is a critical determinant of hosiery’s durability. Like any garment, when hosiery fabric is stretched too tight, it is susceptible to greater stress and it will tear and wear out. To ensure proper sizing, you have to be accurate in determining your height and, most important, your weight. Most pantyhose will stretch to fit women who fall within the specific size range for their height and weight according to the size guide on the packaging.
If you fall between two sizes on the size chart, go with the next one up. Hosiery should be snug to avoid bagging at the knees or ankles, but if they are too tight, pantyhose are susceptible to runs and holes.
A “One Size” pantyhose is generally sized to fit an average to tall person so if you are larger or smaller you may find the fit unsuitable.
For a smooth, close fit, select styles with a percentage of elastane (lycra).
First, take care in putting them on and taking them off. Don’t wear jewelry while handling pantyhose and be careful of rough spots on your hands, feet, fingernails, toenails and the inside of your shoes. Put pantyhose on gently and smoothly, and don’t pull them too tight.
When washing them, pay attention to the care instructions on the packaging. Make sure your detergent does not contain chlorine bleach, which can remove colour and damage fibres. Pantyhose should be washed by hand, using a mild detergent. If you do use a washing machine, put your pantyhose in a hosiery wash bag or a pillowcase so they don’t get caught on the zippers and buttons of other clothes in the wash load. Wash in cold or lukewarm water, using the “gentle” cycle.
To dry, place one or two pairs on a towel, roll up and squeeze the towel lightly to remove excess moisture. Never wring the hosiery as this can easily damage the delicate fibers. Lie flat to dry to avoid stretching. NEVER dry your hosiery in the dryer.
Always store your hosiery in a separate lingerie pouch, to avoid snags and pulls from rough drawer edges.
We currently only have a limited product range available for online shopping through our website. Please click on the ‘BUY ONLINE’ product category for details of styles available for purchase.
The remainder of our product range is for online viewing only. These products can only be purchased through retailers. Please refer to our list of stockists for purchasing inquiries or contact us for further information.
Our childrens opaques and tights are sized by years to determine the height of the child. These sizes are a guide only as obviously some children are shorter or taller for their age.
Our childrens socks are sized by shoe size and as a guide we use the following:
0-1 shoe = 0-6 months old
1-2 shoe = 6-12 months old
2-4 shoe = 1-2 years old
5-8 shoe = 2-4 years old
9-12 shoe = 5-7 years old
13-3 shoe = 8-10 years old