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Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Care of tights: the higher learning

From Lisa Armstrong in the Times today

Our continental cousins invest in quality, rather than hype. Then they hand wash them in the soap equivalent of Krug and fold them correctly thereafter (three folds up the leg, tucking the resulting flat rectangle into the waistband so the tights are neatly encased inside out to prevent snagging in the drawer). Don’t knock it. Until you’ve re-folded all the tights in your drawer, you don’t know the meaning of therapeutic. They even understand tights in Austria, the birthplace of Wolford, purveyor of exceedingly good tights. So how hard can it be?


Toby Wollin said...

"Disposable hosiery" is one of my bugaboos. I've never found hose that would last except for the more "orthopedic" sorts with major elastic natures. I discovered last year and ordered wool tights for the first time and they are wonderful. I am now able to wear dresses and skirts, even in the worst of our weather here (and I am talking minus 20 degrees F). With boots and a good wool coat, I am well nigh impervious. Unfortunately, we have people who control our office temperatures who insist on heating the place to a level where people could work in a short-sleeved shirt and shorts, which makes the air so arid that the static electricity is truly shocking (sorry). But, then, I'm considered somewhat crazy since I keep our house temps at 60.

Phyllis said...

I think there is some wisdom in this. My mother has been bugging me for years been to try this special shampoo that she uses on her hose. She's elderly, so she wears those orthopedic tights, and she swears this product keeps the Lycra in her hose springy and fresh. She'll be visiting this week, I'll find out what it is.