Saturday, July 31, 2010

Responses: Easy Pantyhose

This author writes about why full length hosiery, such as pantyhose and tights, are so uncomfortable and difficult to wear: The case of the stubborn pantyhose.

Read the remainder of the blog entry, to see my opinion, and my suggestion on how to find the right size.

It's not that hard.

Wearing full length hosiery is just like wearing a pants. You can't just hop into any pair, and expect it to stretch the right amount. Judging by the tone of your writing, you now probably expect it to never stretch enough. That would be like me never wearing a pair of pants that are big enough, and then assuming that all pants don't fit well.

Hosiery is like a pair of pants, in that you have to have the correct inseam length. Unfortunately, the packaging never tells us what the inseam length is, and most of us don't know, anyways. The good thing is that it isn't too hard to use a little trial and error.

For all small sized people, and most normal sized people, I'd recommend the longest length possible, without going to queen sizes. For larger sized people, I'd recommend the largest plus sizes and largest queen sizes. After that, if it is too big, then then we should work our way down 1 size, at a time. Chances are that a larger size will be better, because it will be more relaxed, which reduces the stresses on the fabric, and it will cover your legs more, giving you more colour for your dollar.

1 thing that totally fascinates me is the fact that women don't know what brand and style they are wearing. It kind of makes sense, because not many us keep track of the brand and style of our clothing, which is a good thing from a social perspective and an anti-materialism perspective. From a consumer perspective, it is the opposite. Think about how often you buy food, and are dissatisfied with the results. Imagine what would happen if you didn't enjoy a restaurant. Would you stop going to restaurants and coffee shops, because of 1 bad restaurant? Would you stop eating because of 1 coffee shop or 1 supermarket? The idea is that you'd find some other place to shop and eat. That's the same with clothes. You shop in a different location, and if necessary, alter your clothing by sewing, etc. With hosiery, it's the same thing. You try a different brand and style.

You can use the hosiery packaging to record your experiences, and impressions. Just about every pair that you buy comes with a piece of paperboard on the inside of the package. It also comes with a paperboard packaging. You can use that to record your impressions, experiences and number wearings. When the pair is not good anymore, you can have the product information right there with your notes. This will give you an informed decision.

Another important thing to bear in mind is length defects. Some times the companies accidentally give you the wrong length. Most stores will give you an exchange or refund. For example, if you bought a large, and it only comes up to your knees at the longest stretch, then you deserve an exchange, because it's a manufacturer defect. On the other hand, if you bought a large, and it's slightly too long, or slightly too short, despite what the packaging says, then it isn't necessarily a manufacturer defect. It's not you, either. It's the nature of the business. Each style is manufactured differently, and it's hard to get it exactly right. That's why it's important to get extra fabric, rather than not enough.

If you have any questions, or suggestions, then feel free to leave a comment below.

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