How to put on stockings without snagging them

When Mr Swish bought me my first pair of nice stockings, I basically massacred them before we had left the house; I did everything I shouldn’t have. It took me a very long time to perfect putting on stockings, but I got there in the end, and I would like to share some of my tips with all of you!

This is something I have been meaning to make a video for, but just haven’t had the time to get around to it. In the meantime, here are some of my top tips to prevent the heartbreak caused by snagging a brand new pair of stockings.

1. Keep your nails and hands smooth – In my experience, stocking snagging happens before the hosiery has even been clipped to a suspender belt or girdle. Make sure that your nails are filed, and have no sharp or broken edges. If you’re a nail biter with snaggy nails like I used to be, you can buy really cheap hosiery gloves to wear while putting on your stockings. I now get acrylic nails put on because my real nails are a nightmare.


2. There is a technique to putting on stockings – Gather the stocking up with both hands down to the foot of the stocking, make sure the foot and heel are all in the right place (ie, the seam is in the middle of you heel), then gently pull the stocking up. This may seem obvious, but I have spoken to a lot of people who just put their foot straight into the stocking and yank it into place. The lovely lady below demonstrates exactly this!


3. Be careful where you attach the suspender clips – The welt is the only place that clips should be attached. The reason for this is that the welt is actually two layers of nylon, which makes it a lot stronger than the rest of the stocking. Don’t clip anything to the keyhole if you’re wearing fully-fashioned stockings as it is the weakest part of the welt and could cause a massive ladder in the stocking, which would be heartbreaking!


4. Be careful when adjusting them – If you need to make adjustments to your stockings once they are on and clipped, make small movements, rather than pulling them up like pantyhose. If you need to pull them up, start at the ankle, and firmly run your hands up your legs; do this instead of holding onto the welt and pulling. Trust me, I learned this the hard way!


I hope these tips help to make your stockings last a little bit longer!


7 thoughts on “How to put on stockings without snagging them

  1. Yes, I too wear hosiery gloves when my hands are not completely smooth. It’s not just the nails that can snag my nylons, but rough skin too. I work in the garden frequently, so my skin can get very rough and dry sometimes. Other than rough nails, rough skin is my next biggest cause of snags to my stockings or pantyhose when putting them on.

  2. Elinor that is a very informative article. Hopefully there will be far fewer stockings destined for the bin or used as cleaning rags as a result of this post. One tip I’d like to share is to try and avoid skimming the sole of the foot with the nylon fabric when slipping over the foot. Instead gather the stocking up and stretch out wider than normal so you can stretch the stocking so it pulls onto the back of the heel and not against the sole as it goes on. Believe me this has saved me a fortune in replacing snagged tights and stockings which I’ve put towards new styles, of course:)

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