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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.

The Right Bras for Curvature of the Spine, Scoliosis 1

Curvature of the spine is a form of Scoliosis. There can also be symptoms of pain and other complications. This condition can be mild and can also be serious. Scoliosis cannot be cured by exercise and good posture. However for mild and moderate spinal curvature, you can feel and look better with exercise and wearing the right style and properly fitting bra. Finding the right bra is a common problem for women suffering from curvature of the spine.  It seems that regular bras from stores never fit right, so it becomes very difficult to find something that you can wear the whole day and still feel comfortable.

Scoliosis | FinallyBra

Bra straps falling off from shoulders is an issue to women with spinal curvature, because one shoulder tends to be lower than the other. The solution to this is buying a bra that has U back design or racer back straps. It does not necessarily have to be a sports bra, but the back of the straps of these bras look like a letter “U” or “Y”.  Even if your right shoulder is one to two inches lower than your left, the straps won’t fall off. They are easy to find in almost every specialty stores. 

If you can’t find the type of bras mentioned in the above, then perhaps you should buy a bra with straps that are sewn close to each other.  If this and all else fails, you can try looking for a small strap that will hold the two bra straps together when attached. This small strap should run parallel to the back straps of your bra, so they won’t fall off. 

Another issue faced by women with spinal curvature is when the band rides up their backs.  If you are one of these women, don’t worry, because it takes only the right bra type to solve your problem. Get a bra that offers maximum support, not only at the front, but also at the back.  The wide back bands will keep your back straight and your head high.  Such features can be found in posture bras and long line bras.  The posture bras will control your posture.  The long line bras go down to your waist and provide support and comfort to your back.  They will stay in place even if they are worn for a long period of time.

Do you suffer from curvature of the spine or scoliosis?  Don’t fret; it’s not the end of the world.  All you need is to wear the right bra style and size.  The right bras perfect or even correct your spinal curvature and make you feel and look better, although they might be a bit more expensive than regular bra items. But they fit you right, don’t fall off your shoulders or ride up your hump.

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?!!!!!!!!! 

How to Fix Bra Underwires 0

Underwire bras are popular among women because of the support they provide to the breasts. But no matter how well the bra is made, and no matter the cost, the underwire sometimes creates a hole on the fabric where it is encased. When there is already a hole, the wire may begin to come out and poke your body.  This can be uncomfortable when you feel the poke with your every move.

bra underwire | FinallyBra

The inner side of the underwire bra

Are you thinking of throwing the poor bra away?  It is not your best option, though. Maybe in the past when there seemed to be no solution to repair broken underwires, many women threw away their bras.  Today, however, you can repair them in a short amount of time using materials that you can find inside your home or bought with little cost. You will need a piece of electrical tape, an upholstery thread with the color that matches your bra, and fabric glue.

To begin, wrap the sharp tip of the wire with electrical tape.  Don’t over-wrap, just enough so that the underwire will not easily slide back to the open hole, and to cover the sharpness. Then push the metal back in, until the tip is about half of an inch away from the hole. Close the hole by stitching it with an upholstery thread (which should be heavy duty).

Instead of stitching, you can also use a strong fabric glue to repair the hole and prevent the underwire from coming out. Once the wire has been pushed back in, you can close the hole by applying fabric glue on the material.  Let it dry completely by holding it with a clamp. As soon as it gets dried, you can wear your favorite bra and can also wash it, as the glue that you applied on the bra is washable.  You just need to complete the repair with care.

Another material that you can use to repair your underwire bra is the moleskin.  This is the patch that you use when you want to remove the calluses on your feet. Cut a small piece of the moleskin and patch it to the broken fabric. It will adhere to itself and at the same time provide a soft cushion against the wire. The smaller is the patch, the more seamless the repair will look.

Now push the underwire back inside the encasement, leaving only fabric on the area with hole.  This will get the repair done easily.  Get the moleskin that you cut and remove its backing, then press it against the hole created by the wire. Using your thumbs begin to smoothen the patch so it will stay in place. 

You’re done now!  The bra has been repaired, and you can again wear it. 

It is recommended that you wear the repaired bra several times before getting it washed.  Let your body heat make the glue stick better to the fabric. Now you know that throwing away broken underwire bras is a waste of money.  Well made bras cost from above $50 and may be more.  Why throw your money away when you can use them again by repairing your valuable bras.