There is nothing our Fenwick Bond Street hosiery expert, Sue Harrison, doesn't know about making the most of your legs. With more than 40 years experience she has seen every trend from sheers to stockings via support tights. We asked her to solve our hosiery dilemmas but if you have a question you can post it on Instagram or Twitter @Fenwickbondst using the hashtag #asksue and she will get back to you or, even better, why not pop into our new Leg Room department, and ask her in person.
1. How long should tights last?
That all depends on how you treat them. We have a Wolford Satin Deluxe tight with a backseam, which people replace after ten years. Remember to wash them in a hosiery bag or a pillowcase to avoid snagging, and fabric conditioner is the number one enemy for tights because it breaks down the fibres.
2. Can I guess my size?
I advise all my customers to always look at the size chart on the back of the packaging. Women think if they are slim, they need a small size but they have to factor in the height too. This is especially important with opaques where the finish has to be dense you don't want them to be too stretched.
3. How can I find the perfect nude?
By holding swatches that contain a ladder against your skin. If you can see the ladder, it’s the wrong shade but if the ladder disappears, you’ve found the perfect match.
4. What looks more invisible - shine or matt tights?
Matt tights give a more cosmetic powder-like finish whereas tights with a sheen give a more natural glow. They reflect the skin’s natural luster, giving an almost invisible effect.
5. Why do my hold-ups lose their stick?
It could be how you are storing them. Always remember to close the tops of your hold ups before putting them away as any dust will attach to the inside and will stop them adhering to your leg as well. And never put body lotion on your legs before wearing hold ups as it makes them slip.