Putting hosiery on properly requires delicacy and patience. Special care must always be taken with the thin material to avoid it ripping open accidently. There are things you can do to limit the possibility of damage, of course. Making sure that your toenails and fingernails aren’t too pointed always helps. So does being aware of the rings that you have on.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, those precautions let you down. Getting a ladder in your tights is never less than frustrating. You can try applying some clear nail varnish to prevent the ladder developing any more steps. To be honest, I’ve never bothered with that old trick. If I get a ladder in my hosiery I remind myself that it’s just a little stairway to heaven.
Intentionally ripped tights and holes in your hosiery can even look quite stylish if they fit in with a casual or dressed-down look. If I get a ladder in my hosiery I remind myself that it’s just a little stairway to heaven.Still, no matter what the latest hosiery fashions dictate, if you’ve got those holes in all the wrong places is never cool.
One of the worst areas to have torn hosiery is on the heel but, personally, I can’t imagine anything more distracting than trying to walk when you’ve got a big toe poking out of your tights. You become so self-conscious of it that you keep wiggling the toe in the hope of making it better. All you really feel like doing is going home so you can peel your hosiery off and relax.
The only thing that could make the situation worse is if you step in a puddle on the way back. Then, with water in your shoe, you really are at the mercy of your holey hosiery.
In these pictures I was only too aware that my naked toes were poking out of the intentionally-holed red mesh tights.
Photography by Lourdes Ribas