Tips and tricks for storing your stockings (and not snagging them in the process)

I love stockings, but they really can be buggers sometimes. Pairing them up can be tedious but there is nothing worse than sleepily putting on a pair of stockings and realising that they don’t match.

There are several options for keeping them together and very importantly, not snagging them in the process.

FullSizeRender-10If you’re opening a pack of genuine nylons for the first time, you will need to be careful to not snag them on the way out of the packet. Trust me, I have had to learn this trick the hard way. Your pack of nylons will usually look like this from the back:

FullSizeRender-12The opening made up of overlapping cellophane with a sticky residue to keep it sealed. Once you have pulled the seal apart, this is when the risk of snags really starts. If the stocking become stuck to the flap and you pull it a little too hard, the damn thing will snag. No good.  The trick is to fold it over on itself so that the sticky bit doesn’t come into contact with the stocking.

FullSizeRender-8It’s a very simple trick, and may seem obvious but it wasn’t obvious to me the first few time I snagged my new stockings…

Once you have worn the stockings, you have the option of putting them back into the original packaging. If this is something that you want to do, follow the steps below:

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Do not throw the card away once you have opening your pack, you will need it when you put your stockings away again. Once you’re ready to pack your nylons away again, place your nylons flat on a safe surface and put the card on top of them, a few inches from the shadow welt. Fold the welt of it.

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Keep on gently folding the nylons over the card.

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Once you have finished folding the stockings, it should look like this. If the stockings go over the edge too much, re-fold them or tuck them inside themselves.

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Making sure the cellophane flat is tucked over on itself, gently push the stockings into the packet, and seal.

If that looks a lot like effort, no problem, I have another solution. Sandwich bags are perfect for storing stockings. All you need to do is fold them up carefully and pop them inside! What I also like to do is add some notes to the bag with a sharpie, such as any details I want to know about the stockings: Heel type, seam/ no seam, RHT/ fully-fashioned stockings, short/ long etc.

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My good friend Jasmine recently told me about an amazing little cabinet she bought from IKEA, it’s essentially a filing cabinet for stockings. I’m pretty sure that’s what they had in mind when they designed this cabinet… Anyway, I went to IKEA and bought my very own This is a SPRUTT cabinet. If you don’t like the look of this cabinet, a chest of drawers will work fine too.

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Look at how perfectly my stockings fit!

Thanks Jasmine! You’re a life saver, now I don’t need to store my stockings like this anymore:

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Next up, storing foundations!

Elinor

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