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Do You Wash Bras the Right Way? 0

How long your bras last depends on how well you look after them. If you fail to wash, dry and store them correctly, they will naturally fall apart.

It is about the tiny little details, and if you manage to take good care of them, your bras will last you a whole season, perhaps, even the whole year. For instance, you must always remember to wash your bras by hand, and always use a very mild detergent.

Make sure you do not use a detergent that is made for wool cardigans, Woolite for example. Such detergents contain harsh chemicals that break down the elastic and damage your bra.

Here is the correct method of washing a bra by hand:

  • Fill the sink with lukewarm water.
  • Add a few drops of lingerie wash, or silk wash, whichever you prefer.
  • Soak your bras, only the same color ones, in the sink.
  • Let them soak for at least one hour.
  • Now, rinse the bras with water.
  • Pat them dry, but make sure your touch is very light.
  • Use gentle touches of your fingers to reshape the caps, and be very careful not to stretch or wring out your bras.
  • Hang them to dry naturally.

Remember: NEVER dry your bras in the dryer, EVER!

 Lingerie Laundry Tips | FinallyBra

Now that you know the right way of washing your bras. Here are some other tips that can help you take greater care while washing and drying them:

You don’t have to wash your bra every time you wear it!

If you wash you bra every single time after wearing, it will stretch out more quickly. You should wash your bra after wearing it at least three times.

However, if you feel like the day was particularly humid and sweaty and your bra smells awful, you need to put it straight in the laundry basket.

Winters is a better time not to wash your bras so frequently as compared to summers.

Checking the label is always important.

Ladies, do not underestimate the importance of the label. If it says un-washable, and you end up washing your bra just because you didn’t bother to read the label, you will end up losing not just your favorite bra but also the money you invest in it.

Most bras that are embellished with diamante or leather cannot be washed, or they may require a specific detergent or washing method. Therefore, be sure to check the labels to find all the required information. 

Save your bras from bleach!

The triangle ‘X’ on your bra label indicates no bleach, and nearly all bras come with such care symbols.

Bleach will ruin your bras in the worst ways due to their harsh chemical profiles. Bras are delicate and mostly made up of elastic. Bleach will not only corrode the elastic, but it will make the whole fabric fall apart.

Unless you want all your white lacy bras to turn to a horrible brownish shade, use a mild detergent and stick to it. For a detailed lingerie laundry guidance, please refer to FinallyBra's Lingerie Laundry Tips.

 

Immediate Actions Needed to Correct the Bra Mistakes You’re Probably Making 0

Bras are a necessity for women, except for those few who choose not to wear them. But they also seem to pose the most problems. 

First, shopping for bras and finding the most fitting ones are not what most women would always love to do. Secondly maintaining them is also a chore as you have to follow the caring instructions, such as hand washing, air drying, and storing them properly inside drawers. Most of all, wearing them and making them look right under clothes seem like next to impossible.

Bra Mistakes | FinallyBra

What do you think cause these problems?  Is it the style and design, or the size of a bra, or the kind of materials used?  Or, is it the women who are to be blamed?

Maybe we should look into where we make the mistake before we can resolve these bra problems. I list down some of these common mistakes made by many women when shopping for their bras and how to correct them.

Wearing the wrong size bra is done by a majority of women around the world. For them bra shopping is very tiresome and aggravating, so they find it easier to settle for one even if it does not exactly fit, rather than try finding a bra that fits perfectly. Some signs that you are wearing the wrong fitted bra include boobs spilling out of the cup, band riding up your back, straps falling off or cutting into your shoulders, or the appearance of bra-line-bulge. When trying on a bra, look at your self in the mirror. If you find any of these signs, you are certainly wearing a wrong size bra.

Making cup size the basis of choosing a bra size is a big mistake. Find your band size first, and finding the cup size should follow. Your cup may be a D with one band size and an E with another. Cup sizes are not standard; they are correlated with band sizes. So bear this in mind when shopping for your bra.

Fastening on the innermost hooks of the bra that you’re trying on is a wrong that can be corrected by going according to the outermost set of hooks first. Use the tightest hooks only when your bra stretches out over time.

Wearing one bra style with every outfit should be stopped.  You wear different bra styles according to the requirements of the styles of dresses that you wear. Before going out of the house, try different bras for your outfit.

Keeping your bra for a year or more is not advisable.  You should stock up, so you have more to rotate. Even if you take good care of them, bras stretch out and most likely will fail in their duty of supporting your girls. Having more pieces in your drawer will prolong their lives.

To conclude, try to put some time and effort for your bra fitting and styles, as you do for clothes or jewelry fashion.  A correct bra choice will make you radiant from inside out. 

Why Do Your Bra Straps Slip? 0

Women with narrow or sloping shoulders are most likely to experience bra straps slipping.  However, these are not the only reasons for this problem.  We maintain that straps falling off women’s shoulders can also be the result of poorly fitting bras. Here are several other reasons why your bra straps keep on slipping and how to resolve the issue.

Cup Size Is Too Big

This can mean two things:  (1) you are not properly fitted when you bought the bra so the cups are not filled enough with breast tissue and do not apply tension on the straps, and (2) as you age, you lose the volume on the top of your breasts, creating an empty space on the cups. If the bra cups are not filled enough to apply tension on the straps, the latter will naturally fall off your shoulders. You need to go one cup size smaller and scoop your breast tissue into the cups to be sure that they are filled properly.

Why Do Your Bra Straps Slip | FinallyBra

The Straps Are Very Loose

Bra straps can be, and should be adjusted. They need to be tight enough to provide the required 10% support to the breasts’ weight. (The other 90% should come from the bra band). If the straps cannot provide this 10% support, they tend to fall off. They should, however, not be too tight to prevent the bra band from getting pulled upward.

The Bra Back Is Not Properly Positioned When Worn

This happens when you forget to check whether you’ve worn your bra the right way and everything is in proper place. This is an important factor for comfort during your entire day. After you’ve worn the bra, reach back and pull the bra back down to make sure that it is placed correctly.

The Bra Back Is Expanded

The straps will be farther apart when your band is too large.  According to a lot of survey, a common mistake women make for bra fitting is wearing a bigger band and smaller cup sizes.  The bigger band size than necessary contributes to straps falling off your shoulders.  Obviously, the cure is that you adjust the size of your bra – go up in size of the cup and down in size of the band.  This will make a good fit and prevent strap slippage. 

The Bra Style Is Not Right for You

Every woman’s body is different, so not every style will fit you or the dress that you wear. The square-shouldered women can have the wide-set straps in bras, while those with narrow or sloping shoulders should consider carefully the placement of straps on the bras that they buy. Knowing your body style and the bra styles that fit you will help a lot.

The bottom line here is that a properly fitted bra is very important, for your comfort and for prevention of straps slipping. If you haven’t had your bra size measured yet, maybe it is time to do so to find the size and style of bras that support and don't fall off your shoulders.

Nipple Bra, No-Bra-Look While Wearing a Bra? 0

Nipple bra was invented in the 70s that allows women to show erect nipples through their shirt. There were ads in which women's nipples were protruding, making it appear that they didn’t wear any bras.  Nipple bra has built-in nipples that provide a sensual and cold-weather look, as the ads say.

Since its introduction, nipple bras have attracted lots of criticism.  Even nowadays, it is still considered an extreme case to show nipples in public.  So, why do you think anyone would want to purchase and wear a nipple bra? Here are some guesses.

The wearer is trying to attract attention and show the world that she is comfortable and confident with her body.  This is a way of making sure that she is noticed.  Or, simply because she just loves the nipple bra and thin blouse and doesn’t really care what people see and say about her lack of modesty.

Nipple bra | FinallyBra

It could be a total style screw up, a fashion mistake.  This is what I always think whenever I notice that a girl’s nipples are visible. Even some celebrities become more famous for their bad choices of what they wear.  A girl showing her nipples does not always suggest that she is out to seduce anyone, but rather a matter of fashion blunder. In this case, maybe it is a polite thing just pretending that you do not notice.

Perhaps the woman is not happy with her nipples. Nipples can vary in shape and size and point to different directions. Actually there are four types of nipples:  (1) normal nipples erect themselves a few millimeters from the areola.  During cold weather or when the woman is aroused, they go even further, (2) flat nipples need stimulation or a cold temperature to protrude, (3) puffy nipples are characterized by raised areola, and (4) inverted nipples are those that turn inward.  If the inverted nipples have always been that way since the beginning, they could be not much of a problem – the nipple bra will help.  However, if they turn inward only recently, it is probably better to have them checked up.

While a nipple bra can make a woman look sexy (it really depends on who sees it), we do not really think that it is a good way of getting a guy’s number. Just imagine the awkward situation once he finds out that the nips are not real?!!!!!!!!! 

Bra Wearing Styles That Make You Look Trendy 0

Artful details, luxurious fabrics, and exquisite designs are what make the bras of today.  When I wear these types of bras, I feel somewhat different, beautiful and special   Most bras are designed to fit all shapes and sizes of women from petite to average to full figure and even plus sizes.  Do you have a size F cup?  It’s not difficult to find, and they do not only look beautiful;  they are supportive as well.  Most bras that are available today are lacey, and they are sublime.  Some may have sheer lace overlay, while others have hints of lace only.

During the past several years, bras should be hidden under your dress.  In order to avoid being classified as sloppy or trashy, bras should stay where people wanted them to stay.  No straps nor a piece of lace must be shown.  There were times when some creative women bought straps to match their outfit, and then wear shoulder-baring dresses and tops.  So, the attention of people are drawn to the straps, which is not modest.  While we see nothing wrong with creativity,  you can definitely find ways to show to the public your unique style.Bra Off Shoulder Top | FinallyBra

Here are some helpful ideas.

1.  If you have an oversized top with deep neckline and large armholes, wear it with your bra underneath.  The top of your bra will be shown at the neckline, and the side flaps will show on your armholes.  It will create a cute look, but simply done.

2.  Put on a lacey bra with a deep V-neck top and allow the lace to show above the neckline.  You can try pairing same color top and bra, or use contrasting colors like turquoise top and pink bra, or gray top and purple bra.  It can give you a cowgirl look if paired with jeans and boots.

3.  Put on a large size shirt over your lacey bra, tuck it in your skinny jeans, a tight, or a miniskirt. Then get  the first 3 top buttons unbuttoned to show the bra lace and your cleavage.Lace Bra Under Oversize Jacket | FinallyBra

4.  Do you have a sheer blouse that you can’t wear without  a camisole?  Wear it with your favorite bra.  If the sheer material is decorative,  the bra that you wear with it should be simple.Bra Under Sheer Top | FinallyBra

There are more bra wearing and baring ideas that you can pick, however it is important to make sure that you wear your bras to your advantage.  Mastering this skill is a tricky one, but trying your best to gain the knowledge will make it possible.  First, make sure that the bra properly fits, especially if you’re going to wear it with a sheer fabric.  There can be nothing worse than wearing a bra in the wrong size.  There are times when your size depends on the brand, so when shopping for your size, we insist that you try them on.

When you are planning your outfit for the following day, select also the undergarment to go with your selected top or dress.  This will help you avoid fashion mishaps such as the bra tops showing out of your spaghetti strap dress.

What Is a Comfortable Bra to Wear for a Lot of Walking 0

Here is another question from a consumer who is not comfortable with her bras when she walks.  Happy to share our thoughts.

Question (Paulette of MA) Hello, walking is my form of exercise, and I always do it in the morning.  My problem is that my breasts are not properly supported by the bras which I am currently using.  They become painful when they bounce with my motion. Please, I want to be comfortable in doing a lot of walking.  I don’t want to stop my exercising just because of uncomfortable bra. Surely there’s a way, no?Bra for Walking | FinallyBra

Our Answer:  

While walking or running, all women want to feel comfortable with the kind of bra that they are wearing.  But many still experience discomfort because of some issues - bra straps that slip, chafing, and lacking in support.  However, this is not a hopeless situation.  Choosing the right bra style is the key to comfortable walking.

When you do a lot of walking, you need a well constructed sports bra   A sports bra offers enough support even when you are on the trail. It also provides controlled motion of the breasts.  Since bouncing is a major problem of large breasted women who walk, a sports bra will be a good choice as it prevents bounce, and it will not squish you tourniquet-like.  You may find breathing difficult and exercising impossible if you wear just a regular bra. A sports bra will prevent chafing which results from sweat and motion.  This bra style reduces rubbing.  Some variants of sports bras have seams on the outside, while others have seamless fabrics, covered seams, or seams with rolled edges to prevent getting sore or annoyed by rubbing.

A sports bra offers versatility; you can wear it as your single top.  You can also wear a shirt over it and take the shirt off when you feel hot.  Most sports bras do not appear as undergarments, because they are available in different patterns and colors, allowing you to wear them in public.  Before you buy this type of sports bra, inquire if the bra fabric is opaque when it gets wet, or the pattern will hide your nipples enough.  This is for your own modesty. A good sports bra can control moisture. Fabrics such as Coolmax and Drifit are moisture wicking fabrics. A sports bra also stays hooked; a regular bra can be unhooked by motion, especially when you carry a backpack.  Racer-back sports bras are an ideal solution to this issue, you just need to slip it on over your head.

While it is often said that whichever type of bra you choose depends on your own personal decision, you have a problem if your cups are large and you want to walk as an exercise. A good sports bra will support your chest and control motion when you walk or jog without being too constrictive.  There is no need for you to give up walking just because of movement control problem.

If you have undergone mastectomy, and would like to have prosthesis to provide balance, a sports bra can accommodate the prosthesis.

There is a second solution for your problem, which is wearing our bras. FinallyBra is well designed that it encapsulates the breast in every direction to give the needed support and prevent bounce horizontally and vertically just like a sports bra, if not better. Additionally, FinallyBra pushes up and pushes in the breast tissue and avoid the uniboob appearance. What is more, you can dress up and dress down with FinallyBra without the hassle of changing your bra. How convenient and time-efficient it could be if you take a lunch walk during a regular work day without changing the bra? 

Overall, what’s important for your comfort is wearing the right bra. If you have large breasts, you certainly need lots of support when walking, so pick the bra with wide straps, firm support and super lift.