How to Stretch Out the Elastic Waist on Tights

Tights are a timeless addition to both casual and more formal styles; they allow for added warmth while streamlining a look. Tights are well fitted in order to avoid bulk underneath clothing. As sizing varies between brands, some tights may fit well in the leg while being a bit too snug at the waist. The elastic waist on a pair of tights can be stretched out at home to create a more comfortable fit.

Woman stretching out the elastic of her tights.
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Step 1

Place the tights in a bucket.

Step 2

Fill the bucket with cold water, covering the tights completely.

Step 3

Allow the tights to soak for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the tights from the water and gently ring them out.

Step 5

Stuff an old T-shirt into the waist of the tights.

Step 6

Add another T-shirt and some socks if necessary in order to stretch the waist to the maximum the tights will allow; however, avoid over-stuffing, as this may cause runs in the fabric.

Step 7

Hang the tights to dry over top of a clothesline or railing.

Step 8

Allow the tights to air dry and set for six hours in order to permanently stretch them.

Step 9

Remove the stuffing from the tights.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • T-shirt

  • Socks

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