At MyTights we get many enquires for men about wearing tights. We approached the blogger Hosiery For Men to respond to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive, and he kindly put together this advice and guidance for our male customers!
What kinds of tights are best for men?
It’s really up to you! The breadth of styles these days is better than ever.
Just like women, men’s tastes differ and individuals will have their own preferences.
However, in general men prefer opaque tights. These are thicker, warmer and more robust than sheer or semi-sheer tights. They will also generally last longer and perhaps survive the greater amount of wear than men might expect from them.
Opaque tights also tend to most popular as they provide insulation and warmth. That is one of the main reasons men wear tights; especially men working outdoors or taking part in outdoor activities.
When worn under trousers some opaque tights look just like socks, and that is perhaps an advantage for those men who might be a bit worried that someone could tell they are wearing tights.
How can I get tights that will fit me?
Men will generally need larger sizes that fit taller people. It is essential to pay close attention to the sizing information provided, and check the height information in particular.
Key factors for men will be the leg length and a brief that has plenty of depth. You should also look for tights that have a good percentage of Lycra/Elastane – this is a type of yarn that provides stretch and also ensure that the tights fit closely and mould themselves comfortably to your legs.
One-size tights are not usually a good option for men. Plus size ranges are however worth looking at.
In general, better quality and more expensive brands provide a better range of sizes and good quality features. I would recommend brands such as Falke and Wolford in particular as many men have provided such good feedback about their fit and quality.
How do I put tights on?
It goes without saying that tights are, in general, more delicate than socks. They need to be handled carefully. It is best to keep nails trimmed, and special hosiery gloves can also be useful.
If you are wearing them for the first time these are useful steps to follow:
1. Sit down on a chair or your bed.
2. Roll the tights down to the toe on one leg, and then pull them carefully over the toe and heel. Repeat this for the other foot.
3. Now pull up each leg – equally stretched – up to over the knees.
4. Now standing up, pull the tights up carefully and evenly up to the crotch.
5. Finally pull the tights up over the waist
Are there tights made specifically for men?
Yes, there are tights made for men as well as unisex tights. The range of men’s tights has expanded greatly in recent years and more manufacturers are designing and marketing men’s tights as part of their product range.
Is it okay for men to wear women’s tights?
Yes, of course. The quality and sizing options in many brands of women’s tights has improved greatly and many men are happy to buy tights made for women when they know the quality and fit will be right.
Many manufacturers are aware that their tights are popular with men and ensure that their sizing choices are more generous.
Don’t be put off by packaging that is aimed at women. It’s the quality of the tights that counts.
How should I wash my tights?
Some people wash their tights after every wear. But it’s okay to wear them a few times and then wash them if that suits.
The important thing is to wash them with care and not damage them.
The best way is to wash by hand. Take your tights, turn them inside out and soak them in a sink or bowl of lukewarm water. Add a small amount of laundry detergent; the best kind is the type made for delicates or for hand washing.
Let the tights soak for half an hour to an hour. Now rinse and rinse again with cool or cold water until there are no more suds.
Squeeze them gently to remove water. Do not wring them dry as this can damage the tights.
Hang them to dry in your shower. Don’t put them on top of a hot radiator or in the spin dryer as this can also damage the yarns in the tights.
You can also wash tights in the washing machine. If you do this you will need to place them in a special hosiery bag. Make sure also that you wash them on a delicates cycle at a low temperature.
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