How to Put on Pantyhose or Tights

Excited to wear that new dress or suit? The last thing you need is to ruin your look with a run in your nylons or tights.


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You Will Need

  • Pantyhose or tights
  • Hosiery soap
  • Moisturizer
  • Cotton, knit, or latex gloves
  • Dish detergent (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Wash and dry hose

    Wash your pantyhose or tights with hosiery soap before wearing them for the first time. Hang to dry or lay flat.

  2. If you don’t have any hosiery soap, use a small dab of dish detergent.

  3. Step 2

    Moisturize legs, feet, and toes

    Moisturize your legs, feet, and toes before putting on the hose.

  4. Step 3

    Wear gloves

    Put on a pair of gloves before grabbing the hose or tights. The gloves will protect the nylons from your nails and jewelry.

  5. Any kind of gloves will do – cotton, knit, even latex.

  6. Step 4

    Roll up the hose before putting on

    Roll up the hose from hip to toe and slip them on one foot at a time. Curling your toes will help avoid snags from your toenails. Alternate pulling up each leg, carefully, a little at a time.

  7. Step 5

    Check for comfort

    Check that the legs or panty isn't twisted and that the top is pulled up comfortably. Slip on your dress or skirt and shoes and you’re out the door.

  8. Did you know? In 2008, 1.4 billion pairs of pantyhose were sold.