There's an easy trick to prevent ladders and holes in your stockings - and it's in your kitchen.

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If you’re anything like me, you have a drawer full of stockings — most of them brand new — that you’ve accidentally poked holes in or snagged.

Unfortunately, even the slightest hint of a ladder can take you from ‘sophisticated woman of the world’ to ‘angsty teen’ in mere seconds. If that’s the look you’re going for, please ignore this friendly PSA.

If, however, you’d love for your tights to remain classy and pristine, we might just have the answer you’ve been desperately searching for. And it’s got nothing to do with clear nail polish.

* screams internally *

According to fashion website PureWow, simply freezing your beloved pantyhose before you wear them for the first time could prevent them from tearing so easily. That's right — it's time to start putting your hosiery on ice.

The website claims chilling your new elasticated tights overnight makes their fibres stronger, decreasing the likelihood of you jabbing your eager little fingers or spikey bracelets through the delicate fabric during your morning rush out the door.

Here's how you do it: next time you treat yourself to some new stockings, simply dampen them under the tap, wring them out and pop them in a plastic zip lock bag. (Post continues after video.)

Next, place them in the freezer among the peas and the chocolate ice-cream and let them all get acquainted overnight.

In the morning, take them out to defrost. Note: this process will take the whole day.


After all those hours waiting, your tights will be ready to wear. And, if everything goes to plan, they will be less prone to tearing, meaning you won't have to deal with those deceptively tiny holes that somehow evolve into metre-long ladders throughout the day.

I'm not sure about you, but I consider this a life-changer as I'd all but given up on wearing tights. (Post continues after gallery.)


I'm just too furiously impatient to even consider having to sit and roll them up before unravelling them onto my legs. You can blame the Gen-Y in me, but I'd much rather just jam my foot in and hope for the best.

As you might have guessed, that doesn't always end well.

Sure, this freezing trick requires a little time and effort, but knowing I'll finally be able to pull stockings over my usually unshaven legs is a damn good feeling.

Will you be trying this trick? Do you have any other hacks for preventing holey stockings?

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