Spending the last 6 months as a Vanity Fair ambassador has taught me A LOT about bras that I didn't even know I didn't know! It's crazy to me now that I used to just walk into a store and buy a bra without even trying it on! After learning about all the things I need to look for in a proper bra fit, I won't be doing that again! I have also learned a little bit about proper bra care, and my favorite styles of bras (the Beauty Back is a favorite for achieving a “smooth look” where your straps connect). It's also been fun to be a part of Vanity Fair's partnership with Dress For Success, and the positive role they play for women.
As the year comes to a close, so does my 6-month partnership, I wanted to take one last moment to share some bra care tips with you. Once again, I have been doing things wrong and had no idea! If you missed any of my previous posts, I recommend you start with how to find a properly fitting bra.
Bra Care Tips You Might Not Know About
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- Hand wash your bras. Washing machines and dryers are your bra's worst enemy. They will change the shape of your bra and stretch it out. This would explain why all my bras in the past seem to get shaped weird with awkward lumps. I never should have washed them in the washing machine!
- Use cool water and gentle soap. This was a tip I was not aware of as well. I always washed my bras with hot water, but doing so can damage your bra's elasticity. Cool water is best.
- Rotate Your Bras. Wear your bra only once or twice before you rotate to a different one. This will give the elastic time to recover. Once again, I was guilty of not knowing this tip!
- Avoid Bleach and harsh detergents in order to prolong the life of your bra.
- If you refuse to hand wash your bras, make sure you use the gentle cycle, and clasp your bra together before washing. This will keep the straps from getting all twisted, and will also keep the clasps from getting caught on other clothing. An even better option would be to make sure you put your bra in a lingerie bag of some sort to keep it completely separate from anything you have in the wash. Also make sure you put it in with other delicate items, NOT your jeans!
Do You Have Any Tips You Would Add?