How To Properly Put On Hosiery
   
Hosiery is as delicate as it is beautiful. Following these few simple steps when putting it on will extend the life of your new sheers as well as making them more attractive. Although opaque tights may be a bit more substantial, they are just as easily ruined by carelessness. By the way, speaking of tights, have you read the Definitions?
   

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How to Properly put on Hosiery

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The easiest way to ruin your new hose is with a hangnail. It all begins with a well manicured foot. Also ... don't forget to check your fingernails for potential snags.

Gently hold your hosiery at the top and gather it up until your fingers have reached the tip of the toe.

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Pull it on over your toes, making sure the toe seam is aligned with the front center of your toes and not twisted. (See the closeup in the "Putting On StayUps" section below.)

From here on, rest the tip of your foot on a soft hassock or chair.

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With your toes firmly planted upon the hassock to keep the toe seam aligned, continue pulling up your foot letting go of as much fabric as necessary to keep the stretch even.

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Keeping a firm but gentle grip, work the "bunch" slightly downward and upward when rounding the heel to allow sufficient fabric to fill the distance.

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Continue pulling gently upward making sure to keep the hosiery straight and not twisted. Though this is easier to see with patterned hose, it is important even with plain sheers as morning twists will be noon wrinkles.

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Drop the other leg and gather it up as you did before. Put your first foot on the floor and remaining foot on the hassock. Repeat the procedure for your second leg until both legs are above your knees..

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Now that both hosiery legs are above your knees, use your palms - never your fingernails - to smooth the fabric gently upward from your ankle to above your knees. Keep the amount of stretch consistent, even, and the hose straight.

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8.

Keep nudging upward until the hosiery reaches the top of your legs. Spend a bit of time smoothing and straightening along your thighs. The effort of smoothing upward now will ensure an attractive appearance as the day progresses.

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Finish pulling up to your waist, raising each leg a few inches at a time. If your hosiery is a bit short, gently smooth more material upward beginning at your ankles. Do not pull up only from the waistband. This will not only be certain to work its way back down, but will also put undue stress on the hosiery. Great for us ... bad for your wallet!

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10.

Smooth and comfortable front and back. Voila! You're done.

But ... don't forget to check your shoes for rough edges, sharp buckles, and the like.

The hosiery used in this article is Gerbe-Paris Sheherazade Glitter sheer tights in Bleu-Nuit/Argent. Simply spectacular for a hot night on the town!
   
The Sheer Tights used in this article are Gerbe-Paris Sheherazade.
   
A Few Words About StayUps (Thigh-Highs)
   
The greatest difference between tights and StayUps are the silicone bands inside the top. Properly handling and care of these will enhance your experience. By the way, speaking of tights and StayUps ... have you read the Definitions?
   

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How to Properly put on Hosiery

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As mentioned above, most important is Step 1. Make sure the toe seam is properly lined up with the center of your toes and that there is no twist.

Click the picture for a clear view.

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This time when you bunch up the hosiery, flip the top section with the silicone bands to the outside. This will keep them from picking up oils or lotions from your skin on the way up. If you keep them clean like this they will adhere much better.

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The process is basically the same as above. It is slightly easier as there is no second leg to interfere with smoothing upward. Keep the silicone bands flipped to the outside until the StayUp is all the way up.

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Before you flip the silicone bands against your leg: If you have lotioned your thighs, a smart idea is to use a moist towelette to clean the lotion from the area where the bands will touch. The StayUps will adhere much better this way.
   
The StayUps used in this article are Gerbe-Paris beautiful Sevilla Micro Fishnet.
   


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