I’ve been asked a few times how I store my tights, where I get them and how to take care of them. So I’ve decided it’s time to do a how-to post all about tights!
I keep my tights in a plastic storage drawer from Target.
Sadly, the drawer usually looks like this:
I know. “Way to go, Suze! Awesome organizational skills.” Whatever. At least I can show you how I TRY to keep them.
I’d like them to be organized more like this (AKA- this is my ideal when organizing this drawer):
See? Much easier to find what I want. I try to keep them organized by colored/neutral (black/white) and printed/textured. I tend to keep them rolled or folded, then shoved sideways next to one another.
I have a slightly unusual process for keeping them free of rips/tears/runs.
My tights are the very last thing I put on (minus shoes) before I leave for the day. And immediately after I take my photos, they come off. I do not sit around my apartment in my tights. I treat them like they will break if I leave them on too long. I probably sound crazy, but it works! Also, if you’re willing/able to purchase nicer tights, they tend to last longer (but we’ll discuss that in a little bit).
I hand-wash my tights in my bathtub.
Sorry, no photos of this, but this is how I do it. My tights do not EVER go into the washing machine. I wear them at least twice before I wash them, sometimes three times, but who’s counting? When I wash them, I use lukewarm water and gentle detergent, like Woolite. To dry them, I lay them on a clean towel (after wringing out as much water as possible). I never, NEVER hang my tights. I feel like it stretches them out, and I prefer to keep the fibers as intact as I can.
I have an array of brands in my drawer:
The majority of my tights are from We Love Colors, Target or Marshalls (Hue, DKNY, Anne Klein, Betsey Johnson, etc).
Tights from Target cost $5-10, depending on the style. Tights from Marshalls cost about the same, maybe a little more. Tights from We Love Colors are about $13, and tights from Forever 21 are about $5-8.
If you pay a little more, they will [probably] last longer.
I own tights that cost as little as $2.50 and as much as $25, so I’m pretty sure I’m [nearly] an expert. If you’re willing to pay a little more, they’re better made and will last longer. Target tights might look nice and provide that pop of color you’re looking for, but I find that they aren’t constructed as well as other brands. That being said, I also think my American Apparel tights (they cost $25 – free with a Groupon) are VERY fragile. I would NEVER have purchased them if I didn’t have a Groupon.
My favorites are DKNY and We Love Colors. I only own two pairs of DKNY tights, but I find them to be thick enough to keep me warm, and they don’t stretch out like Forever 21 tights do. We Love Colors are an obvious love of mine (since you can tell I own so many!). They’re fun colors and also thick enough to keep me warm on a cold day. I have only ruined ONE pair of We Love Colors tights, but that is because my cat decided to attack them…
There are many ways to organize your tights.
Kendi shows how she uses an Ikea drawer organizer for her tights. Linley did a DIY using toilet paper tubes and pretty paper to help your drawer stay very organized!
These options work really well for Kendi and Linley, but as you can tell from the photos above, I need lots of room for my tights! You really need to find a system that works for you, your collection and your dressing habits.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask below! (I’ll save you guys from asking the most important, no, I have no idea how much I’ve spent on tights over the years and I’m really nervous about adding it all up. I’m OK with not knowing!)