How to keep tights up—this simple hack will stop hoisery falling down

Learn how to stop tights from falling down with this 5-second trick

legs in black heels wearing black sheet tights against a pale grey background
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Where would we be without tights during the cold, grey months? They keep our legs warm, smarten up casual outfits and let us get away with not shaving for roughly six months of the year. Wonderful things, except when they fall down...

Tights, pantyhose, whatever you like to call them, there are only two things we don't love about them. 

  • The Scout-worthy knots they form in the washing machine
  • The inexplicable rolling and slipping down throughout the course of the day

We've all been in a situation where we've tried to disguise our tights falling down while walking down the street or while meeting someone at work. Sometimes it happens when getting on the bus, or if we're really lucky when arriving at a bar. Sadly, even the best tights roll down sometimes, but it doesn't make it any less inconvenient.

It's annoying and uncomfortable and shuffling around with THE FEAR that they will fall further can cast a shadow over even the brightest of winter skies.

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The good news is that there's an easier way to solve this issue than having to buy special royalty-approved tights. After much research and testing several techniques, we've found one method for how to stop tights falling down that works every time. It's time to wave goodbye to the days of tights slippage for good, this is how to keep tights up...

How to keep tights up

tights falling down

Never again will you have to constantly go to the toilet just to hoist your tights up. You just need to deploy a nifty hack called a "tight sandwich".

This means you wear an extra pair of underpants on top of your tights. These pants will hoist up the top of your tights, ensuring that nothing moves anywhere. (If you don't want to opt for the tight sandwich, assuming your hosiery is made from natural fibers, you could go commando and just go for the pants over your tights!)

We tested this out on multiple occasions and it worked 100% of the times. However, you'll need to choose a fairly tight pair of knickers, to make sure your tights have no room whatsoever for unwanted movement and slippage.

If you're wearing a bodycon number there is a chance you'll end up with a bit of a VPL. But most dresses should cover that up fine.

There's only one thing to do now, and that's to find yourself the perfect pair of over-tights underwear! And our guide to the best underwear is a good place to start...