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Style For Style: Buh-Bye Legwear Bulges

Russian model Vlada Roslyakova is wearing tights, but you don't see any side bulges, aka love handles, distracting from her look. Well, in her case, it's probably because she doesn't have any, but what are we mere mortals supposed to do when our legwear elastic digs into our skin, giving us those nasty, lady lumps?


To see how to eliminate ugly legwear bulges,

Do the following to all your bulge-causing tights, especially the ones with control tops:

  1. Wear your tights with nothing over them, and stand in front of a mirror.
  2. Grab a pair of scissors, to start the process.
  3. Take the scissor and make a small slit on either side of your tights. You can make the slit as small or big, depending on how tough the elastic is. Usually making a slit on one side is sufficient, but if the elastic is still causing bulges, slit the other side as well.

The point is to tear the slit until all bulges are eliminated. Just be careful not to make the tear too big, as you don't want your tights falling down or ruined. Good luck and say bon voyage to bulge!

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j-lo j-lo 8 years
I've been doing that for a while. Is very useful, especially under tight dresses or if the tights rise higher than your skirt (which happens a lot wiht me since I am so short!). I would DEFINITELY recommend it :)
Advah Advah 8 years
Great tip, Fab. I have a 'normal' figure but yep, depending on how tight the tights are, they can really squeeze your waist and make a bulge that's not very graceful.
Bearwoman Bearwoman 8 years
Spanks, Spanks, Spanks... I'm going to mantra that. I think tights should go all the way under the boobs, that way you are shore to eliminate that unsightly and uncomfortable elastic bulge. Thanks for the tip Miquette.
Geminispoppy Geminispoppy 8 years
I disagree that they only make bulges on people size ten and up. I'm 5'3, 120 pounds, and while i have some belly fat, i don't have an extreme amount, and tights still squeeze. If you look at pictures of models with tights on, they even pinch them and they have no fat. I think that many tights are just made incorrectly.
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
I didn't understand until I read nicachica's post, but I get it now. And yes, flyinglimegreen, they do make low-rise tights. They have them at the Gap all the time.
Miquette Miquette 8 years
It's called Spanx people! They make low rise tights that sit on your hips and tights that go all the way up to your boobs. No bulges for anyone no matter your body type. In fact, I'm wearing the all-the-way up ones right now!
Miquette Miquette 8 years
It's called Spanx people!They make low rise tights that sit on your hips and tights that go all the way up to your boobs. No bulges for anyone no matter your body type. In fact, I'm wearing the all-the-way up ones right now!
Meka_suga Meka_suga 8 years
Ok. Thanks.
Meka_suga Meka_suga 8 years
Ok. Thanks.
Asche Asche 8 years
This is a pointless post. Why would you cut a pair a stockings??
nicachica nicachica 8 years
lol...this post is meant for the bigger girls (think above a U.S. size 10) who have a bit of a bulge in their mid-section. i have a bit of junk in the trunk so i understand what Fab is saying. when you put on tights, it can cut you off in the mid-section and creates a bulge where the top of the tights ends. Also, it's not very comfortable because it cuts off circulation a bit. Anyways, thanks for the tip Fab!
nicachica nicachica 8 years
lol...this post is meant for the bigger girls (think above a U.S. size 10) who have a bit of a bulge in their mid-section. i have a bit of junk in the trunk so i understand what Fab is saying. when you put on tights, it can cut you off in the mid-section and creates a bulge where the top of the tights ends. Also, it's not very comfortable because it cuts off circulation a bit. Anyways, thanks for the tip Fab!
emalove emalove 8 years
I don't have this problem with my tights...
flyinglimegreen flyinglimegreen 8 years
do they make low-rider tights? you, know, some that don't go all the way up to your bust line? anyone else having this problem?
flyinglimegreen flyinglimegreen 8 years
do they make low-rider tights? you, know, some that don't go all the way up to your bust line?anyone else having this problem?
thelorax thelorax 8 years
Haha, I've always done this because I hate the constricted feel of tights - and it definitely helps avoid the lumpy "muffin top" look if your ensemble is form-fitting!
tulipsaki tulipsaki 8 years
I'm not thin, and I'm totally confused by this post. How about some before and after and - come to think of it - during photos?
ashleylynne ashleylynne 8 years
Step-by-step pictures (ala craft) please! This is unclear.
zazoza zazoza 8 years
still dont get it.
zazoza zazoza 8 years
still dont get it.
nillawafer1983 nillawafer1983 8 years
Wearing tights gives people bulges?
ellesea ellesea 8 years
This is why I love Spanx. No bulges!
nikkeeb nikkeeb 8 years
based on the rise of most hosiery, they're a lot higher rise than most skirts and pants that we're wearing, so i just avoid the bulges by wearing it either higher, like a high waist pant and that way the elastic is at my true waist and bulges aren't a factor, or lower on the actual hip bone where there's a lot less to bulge...i don't trust myself with scissors. :-p
Fashion Fashion 8 years
Sorry for the confusion. Yes, Hipmom, you make a tear on the side where the stitching is. This stops the elastic from digging into your skin. I hope that clarifies things. xo.
asilgrif asilgrif 8 years
Er, if your legs don't look good in tights, then don't wear them. Problem solved. :-(
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