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  • How to choose between full-length compression stocking styles

    So your doctor told you to wear full-length compression stockings.

    Knee-highs are out of the question so what’s the next best option: thigh highs, pantyhose, or leggings?

    Here are a few of the top pieces of advice I’ve learned over the years along with some of my favorite tips for choosing the best length compression garment for your needs.

    Video Highlights:

    When prescribed compression stockings, it’s not uncommon for a doctor suggest a full-length style. This could apply whether you have DVT, POTS, an advanced varicosity, or are coming out of surgery. Unfortunately doctors don’t always accompany this suggestion with the pros & cons of each style, making it hard to know which may be best for you.

    They are typically 3 full-length styles: thigh highs, pantyhose, and leggings.

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    COMPRESSION THIGH HIGHS

    Knit from a nylon-spandex blend, these are typically topped with a stay-up band. The stay up band style varies by item and brand, however the most commonly used is enhanced with a sticky “dot” pattern on the thigh bands interior. This dot material is made from surgical grade silicone so offers more adhesion than a band you might find in a department store brand thigh high. The lack of a tummy top offered in a thigh high makes this style a great option for ease of getting on and off (think quicker bathroom breaks and dressing time than a full pantyhose). One potential caveat is that some find the silicone to slip down during the day. For many, this is remedied with an easy adjustment – a garment with proper fit shouldn’t move too much. So consider body type when evaluating whether a compression thigh high is right for you. We’ve found pear shapes often prefer pantyhose to avoid band slippage in the upper thigh area whereas straight shapes may experience adequate hold.

     

    COMPRESSION PANTYHOSE

     

    Compression pantyhose are similar in style to typical department store pantyhose, the largest difference lying in the firm compression contained in the legs. Tummy tops vary by brand. Some offer moderate compression like a shaping garment while others offer breathing room for comfort. When reading about different pantyhose across brands, be sure to check out the item’s waistband. Rejuva’s in particular are knit in a wide honeycomb style designed to hold up without binding. Personally, solid elastic bands give me tummy aches when worn for more than a few hours, so this is something I look out for to ensure I don’t have when shopping. Some come with adjustable waistbands (Medi brand for example). These are similar to what you might find in a child’s pant with a hidden button sewn into the waistband that you can adjust through a small opening in the elastic. I find pantyhose to be great for more formal occasions when you want shaping under a dress. They’re more difficult to get in and out of than a thigh high, but also offer the added benefit of light back support when standing for long periods.

     

    COMPRESSION LEGGINGS

     

    Footless variations aren’t for everyone so be sure to ask you physician whether it will adequately address your needs. Since the garment starts at the base of the ankle, it doesn’t offer compression in the heel area, which can render it less effective than full foot options for wearers with advanced conditions or varicosities. For those for whom footless compression is an OK option, these are a great style for summer & warm weather. I love wearing them with sandals, open top shoes and flats to feel a little more normal when dressing up in summer compression. Like pantyhose, they offer more torso support than thigh highs, lifting the bum & shaping the midsection. Rejuva’s are knit with an extra wide 4-inch waistband, a special feature we spent an extra 9 months developing and very rare in the world of compression. They also offer a nice hug of low back support.

     

    Takeaway decision-making tips

     

    When choosing a full-length compression style, be sure to consider your body type. What type of pants typically works best for you? If you like wider or boot leg cuts and have a full shape, a legging or pantyhose may be a better fit. On the other hand, if you like very tapered cuts and have a straight shape, thigh highs may also hold up well on your build. What kind of features do you like: Garments that stay up without any adjustment (ex: pantyhose)? Freedom offered by easy in & out (ex: thigh highs)? Weigh all of these factors when deciding which style may be best for you.

     

    Once you get them …

     

    Be sure to try them on! Proper fit is essential for effective compression therapy. You won’t wear a garment that doesn’t fit comfortably so be sure to give them a test run as soon as you get them home. If the first garment you selected isn’t quite the right fit, don’t be discouraged. Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs to meet your prince. Call a support team member to see if you can gain added advice on what may be right for you. Explain any likes or dislikes. Chances are a well-trained customer service representative has heard similar questions before & can guide you in the right direction based on what they’ve heard from other wearers.

  • Effective (and Weird) Ways to Recycle Your Pantyhose This Spring

    Tired of just throwing away pantyhose after they wear out? Interested in getting a little more use out of them? US TOO! We’ve discovered that together we can help the Earth and prevent the immediate landfill disposal of compression garments by taking a different perspective on recycling.  We’ve listed a few, effective repurposing tips that are perfect for using around the house this spring.

     

    Dish Scrubber

    This trick is easy.  Start by bunching up a clean, old pair of pantyhose, adding a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water, and begin scrubbing away at your nonstick cookware.  They can also provide for a great everyday scrubber for dishes.  Simply cut out the toe of the garment and cover an old sponge. You’re now ready to wash away!

    Secure trash bags

    If you’ve ever had issues with the trash bag liner slipping down into the trashcan, this is a perfect solution for you.  With an old pair of pantyhose, you can firmly secure the top of the garbage bag to your trashcan by taking the elastic waistband of the garment and tying it around the top part of the trashcan.

    Dust under the fridge

    Tie an old pair of pantyhose to a wired clothes hanger, and then secure it with a rubber band.  The pantyhose will help pick up the dust by simply doing a quick sweep underneath those hard-to-reach places, like the refrigerator.

    Prevent soil erosion in houseplants

    It’s a great feeling seeing how well your house plant is thriving and surviving! However, we all know the plant eventually outgrows its pot, forcing you to transfer it to a more comfortable abode. Use a pair of pantyhose as a liner for the new pot.  This will allow for excess water to flow out without dehydrating the rest of the soil.

    Keep deer out of your garden

    Spring brings new life to the natural world around us.  As much as we love it, the animals typically don’t mind their manners while feasting away at the blossoming garden you put so much work in to.  Prevent this from happening by filling the foot portion of pantyhose with human hair and placing it around the outer parts of the garden. The smell is very unappetizing to deer, preventing them from coming back for seconds.  Over time, the hair begins to lose its scent – be sure to refill the pantyhose with new hair once every week.

    Cover a kids’ bug jar

    Childhood is all about those warm nights of catching fireflies in a mason jar.  Keep those magical bugs safe by covering the top of the Mason jar with an old pair of pantyhose.  Simply cut a large square from the garment, and then secure it safely to the jar with a rubber band. This will prevent you from the daunting task of cutting holes in the aluminum top.

    Test a sanded surface for snags

    Thinking of starting a new project that involves woodwork?  Test the surface of the wood by placing an old pair of pantyhose over your hand and running the garment along the surface.  If the nylon catches at any point, the wood still needs to be sanded.  Continue the test until the garment smoothly runs along the surface.

    Clean your pool

    Want a more effective way to skim the debris off the surface of your pool water?  An old pair of pantyhose serves as the perfect self-made pool net.  Simply cut off the leg of the garment and attach it to a pool skimmer basket.  This will help catch the pesky dirt particles and hairs that typically clog the pool’s filter unit.

    Make a paint strainer

    Use an old pair of pantyhose to filter and remove the lumps of paint that form in an old paint can.  It’s as simple as cutting the pantyhose then stretching the fabric over a clean bucket or other recyclable.  Hold the garment in place with a rubber band or the waistband.  Check to see if the garment is secure then slowly pour the paint over the piece of pantyhose and into the paint bucket.

    Buff your shoes

    Bring out the shine in your freshly polished shoes by buffing them with a medium-length strip of pantyhose. It works so well, you may retire that chamois cloth for good.

    Keep your hairbrush clean

    There is nothing pleasant about cleaning out a hairbrush covered in hair.  Cut a piece of the pantyhose in unison to the shape of your brush, the push it through the bristles of a clean hairbrush.  Next time you go to clean the hair off, simple pull up the pantyhose for easy removal.   Replace it with a clean strip.

    Hold mothballs or potpourri

    Looking for an easy way to store mothballs in your closet or to make sachets of potpourri to keep in your dresser drawers? Pour either ingredient into the toe section of your recycled nylons, knot off the contents, and then cut off the remaining hose. If you plan to hang up the mothballs, be sure to leave several inches of material before cutting.

     

     

    Sources:  Reader’s Digest

  • Style Your Stockings: Date Night 101 for your 60's +

    Date Night 101

    You have worked hard to get to where you are today.  Now is the time to enjoy yourself and be proud of what you have accomplished in life.  For the past couple years, you and your husband have been donating to the ballet.  In return, you receive spectacular seats to all of the performances.  It’s opening night of Coppelia, and you and your husband have been really looking forward to attending.  But, your legs have been bothering you all day.  You know that you won’t be able to wear just any compression legwear with your evening outfit.  Thankfully, there’s RejuvaHealth.   Start with the RejuvaHealth sheer dot pantyhose.  They grace the overall outfit with taste and style while giving it a touch of youthfulness in the pattern (you don’t feel old…why dress like it?).   Keep things comfortable and classy with a flared black skirt that hits right below the knees.  Go with a beautiful white blouse to tuck into the skirt.  This allows for versatility when accessorizing the rest of the outfit.  Because it’s an evening affair, we decided to dress things up with the color gold.  A belt really brings the totality of the look together.  Because the rest of the outfit is so simple, we’ve chosen a pearl-encrusted belt that will fit right at the waist line, allowing for a slim, sleek and fashionable finish.   We are in the midst of fall, so the nights tend to get fairly cold.  Therefore, a lovely gold-buttoned cape will work perfectly since it’s easily accessible if you are planning on removing it once you get inside.   If you are looking to keep the height of your shoes at a minimum, a pointed black ballet flat is the ticket; you are at a ballet after all.  Although they add no height, they are still elegantly dressy and comfortable.  Finish off the outfit with a gold purse.  Don’t forget to bring your binoculars; you may have the best seats in the house, but you never know if you’ll need them. Sure, you’ve lived a lot over the past sixty years…but you’re not done yet!

  • Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas that Will Have Cupid Falling Head Over Heels

    Questioning what to wear this Valentine’s Day/Weekend? Here are a few outfit ideas to help make dressing for your date a breeze! Remember the most important part is to make sure the outfit is comfortable and encompasses at least one accessory that defines you. Whether it is your grandmother’s necklace, a ring you found in the Cracker Jack box at age 5, or that flower hair pin you just couldn’t resist buying, be sure to rock it!

     

    Date Night -

    Our Pink Paisley Pantyhose, available in 15-20 mmHg or 20-30 mmHg compression levels are perfect for the occasion. Try pairing them with your favorite little black dress and some pumps. The rosy pink color of your stockings is sure to match your date’s cheeks when you go in for that kiss.

    Looking for something that’s a little more subtle, but still has that playful appeal? Take our Lavish Leopard Thigh Highs out for the night. Their versatile pattern looks great with a pair of brown boots and a tan skirt or dress. We love this pattern with silver or gold accessories.

    Worried that your slim fitting dress will highlight all the wrong areas? Then Solidea’s Silver Wave Tummy Band is a great option for you.  Wear the tummy band under your clothing and let its three-dimensional wave fabric work its magic. With this garment acting as a second skin, your clothing will appear smooth & bulge free.

     

    Day on the Town  -

    Planning to take a stroll at the local shopping mall? Or maybe you’re going to enjoy a picnic at the park? Whatever it is, we bet you’ll enjoy an outfit that can go from morning until night.  If you’re feeling a little daring, try pairing our compression knee highs with some oxfords and a skirt. You can also wear boots if they’re more your style, or more appropriate for your local weather. Word of advice, if you go with the boots let your knee highs peak out of the top to add a little extra flair.

    Solidea’s Naomi 140 French Lace Sheer Pantyhose are another great choice if you’re looking for a little more coverage and support to last you throughout the day. Available in black or sabbia, and with an ultra-feminine French lace panty built within, these support stockings will keep your legs feeling great around the clock. And you won’t have to sacrifice looks for comfort with these sexy tights. Feel free to pair these pantyhose with pretty much any outfit idea. Great with dresses, skirts, or even under your favorite pair of jeans- the Naomi 140 has you covered.

     

    Bike Ride or Hike with Friends  -

    Enjoying a weekend Valentine’s celebration with your girlfriends? Whether you’re going horseback riding, biking, hiking, or just enjoying a day at the movies Solidea’s active wear is the definite way to go. Try their Silver Wave Leggings or Shaping Capri. They are super comfortable and no one will know that while you’re having a good time, you’re also fighting your cellulite. We recommend wearing them with a longer tunic or under your sweats, as they aren’t completely opaque.   And you never know they may just become your new best friend!

     

    One last thought…

    Not sure what to buy your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Head over to our homepage and check out all the different compression garments we now have to offer. With our new athletic, maternity, and men’s shapewear available you may have just found your one stop shopping spot. Be sure to pick up something nice for yourself. You deserve a little spoiling too! (See our shipping options for more information on processing and arrival estimates to be sure you get your gifts in time for the holiday).

    Still can’t decide what to wear? Check out some of Stacy’s Style Segments on our videos page. There you’ll be able to hear more about our stockings and get some extra style advice.

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