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How to put on fishnet stockings

Fishnets create a striking impression and are a good choice for parties, clubbing, and whenever you want to add sexiness to an outfit. However, fishnet tights can also be subtle under a longer work skirt. Fishnets are available as tights, stockings with a suspender belt, and hold-ups. The type of holes in the hosiery varies and may be large, small, round, or shaped. You don’t need to go for traditional black – fishnets are available in range of colours. Be careful when putting on fishnets as they are easy to tear due to their holes.

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  1. Prepare your hands, feet and legs. File your nails to remove sharp edges and remove rings that can catch in the holes. Apply body lotion to your legs and feet. Lotion or cream helps the fishnets slide on more easily and prevents irritation while you are wearing them. Sit down comfortably.

  2. Hold the fishnets at the waistband with your thumbs inside. Gather up one leg of the tights, rolling the leg so you are holding the toe. For stockings, hold one stocking and roll from the top to the toe.

  3. Put one foot into the leg of the fishnet stocking. Make sure your toes are correctly positioned and your heel is in the right place. Watch out for toes poking through the holes in the stockings as this can cause them to rip.

  4. Unroll the fishnet stocking gently so it comes to the middle of your thigh. Smooth the fishnets to your leg as you go to avoid wrinkles. Repeat the process with the other leg.

  5. Attach the stockings to your suspender belt. If wearing tights, stand up and continue unrolling your fishnets so they are correctly positioned at the waist. Don’t pull the tights if they don’t reach your waist – roll them down and start again to avoid tearing.

  6. Tip

    Choose a suspender belt with four metal straps. Metal is more durable and the four straps give greater comfort and security.

    If you have long or sharp nails wear thin cotton or nylon gloves to avoid snagging the delicate stockings when putting them on.


    Avoid applying body lotion if you are wearing hold-ups. The silicone in the band that holds up the tights becomes ineffective when body lotion or oil reduces the friction.

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Louise Carr has been writing and editing for consumer and business media since 2000. She covers health, travel, literature and current affairs, including for LIVESTRONG.COM and other online publications. Carr holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in American and English studies from Nottingham University, England.

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