6 Lingerie Mistakes We've All Made
We all have go-to bras and panties that we know can wear with our everyday clothes as well as a few sexy outfits for date nights and other occasions. We have our most comfortable bras and we know how to take care of them. Or do we? Do you know for sure if your bra fits correctly? Have you been storing your lingerie properly, and taking good care of it or are you making a few mistakes along the way? If you are, it’s no big deal, but you might be cheating yourself out of better, longer lasting lingerie if you’ve made any of these mistakes.
1. Not Being Fitted
I know having someone else fit you for a bra can be intimidating, but really it is nothing to be afraid of. Angie knows what she's doing and knows how to fit you correctly (it won't even be awkward, I promise!). Wearing a bra that doesn’t fit properly can lead to pain and irritation along the neck and shoulders. This can cause back pain, and even headaches. Wearing bras that are too small can also cause the breasts to stretch which can cause sagging. Our bodies change all the time, because of this it’s best to get fitted every 3-6 months. Everyone’s body is different. So you may not need a fitting that often, or you may need one more often if you notice any pain caused by your bra.
2. Wearing the Wrong Kind of Bra
Every woman should have a different selection of bras for different occasions. Push-up bras for those shirts that make us look a little too flat & bralettes to wear with those cute tank tops. We need to make sure all of our bras are the correct style as well as size. Our bodies change rapidly so it is not uncommon to have a few different styles and even different sizes depending on the day. The style of your bra is just as important as the size. We need to take time when selecting bras. Lingerie shopping shouldn’t be a rushed job. You really need to take time and find which bra is best for you. There are a ton of options for every 'problem'. Different bras to hide straps, eliminate shoulder pain and underwire pokes. You really need to take time when lingerie shopping and keep all these ‘problems’ you want to solve in mind.
3. Not Replacing Bras
All of us have our favorite bras that we like to wear over and over and wash (sometimes). However, wearing them day after day can cause your bras to lose their elasticity quickly and washing them frequently can cause them to fade. You really need about eight to ten bras so that you can wear each one bi-weekly, and never have to wear the same one twice in a row without washing in between. If your favorite bras have become your only bras we suggest adding a few.
4. Throwing Lingerie in the Washing Machine
We all have busy lives, I’m just as guilty as anyone else about throwing my lingerie in the washing machine when I don’t have time to hand wash them. However throwing lingerie in the washing machine can cause the delicate material to get snagged or lace to rip. To ensure you get the maximum life out of your lingerie you should hand wash it. To do this you should soak lingerie in lukewarm water using a delicate detergent for about an hour. Then gently rub and rinse with cold water, and lay it flat to air dry. If you have to wash your lingerie in the machine, make sure to close bra hooks to prevent snagging. Better yet, separate lingerie into a washing bag. Then lay flat to air dry, NEVER EVER put lingerie in the dryer, this can cause fading, shrinking, and warping of material. Prevent your own heartbreak! Hand wash your lingerie!
5. Improper Storage
If your bras have started to warp or reshape themselves, it may be because you’re storing them incorrectly. T-shirt bras should be stacked on top of each other to hold the desired cup shape. If your bras have started to warp, try to re-shape them as soon as you’re done washing them while they are still wet. Place them on top of another bra with the same shape so that it can dry correctly. You should never store bras and panties or anything with lace in the same drawer. Your bra hooks can snag the lace ripping it or leaving small holes. To prevent this store them separately or try a bra bag for your lingerie drawer.
6. Wearing Nothing But Thongs
I’ll admit it, thongs are amazing. They’re soft, sexy, and they don’t cause panty lines. Making them perfect for literally every outfit. However, there is a down side. Since thongs have so little material, they don’t provide much protection. Wearing thongs everyday can increase your chances of bacterial or yeast infections. If you’re prone to these infections, your best option is to go with a cotton panty that isn’t too tight. Wearing thongs to sleep can also be a factor for these infections, wearing cotton panties to sleep is a good option. However it's healthier if you just sleep without panties altogether...
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