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how to care for bras

You took the time to get a bra fitting and go bra shopping. Now you have a few new bras to wear each week. Whether you decide to wear them first and then wash them, or wash them before wear you them, how you care for your bras plays an important part in how long they’ll last.

You’ve probably heard that the better care you take of your bras, the longer they’ll last. This is true. Washing them in hot water and throwing them in the dryer are both quick ways to ruin your bras (and you don’t want that!)

Bras are a necessity for most lingerie wardrobes. We all deserve beautiful lingerie that fits well and helps our feel our best. Here’s how to keep your bras in tip-top shape:

How to wash bras

First, separate your bras from your other lingerie and clothes. Then, sort them into piles with like colors. Depending on how often you do your laundry, you should have a pile of light colors and a pile of dark colors.

Next, hook all of your bras and put them in mesh lingerie bags. This keeps them from snagging or catching on other bras in the wash. Sort your panties, babydolls, and sports bras into other mesh lingerie bags (they can all be washed together). Then, wash them on a short delicates cycle with cool water.

how to wash bras

How to dry bras

First things first, never ever put your bras in the dryer. The dryer is very hard on lingerie. The heat from the dryer can break down elastic, ruin the cups, and cause the fabric to stretch and be bent out of shape.

We recommend laying your lingerie flat to dry on a drying rack or table with the cups facing up. You could also hang your lingerie to dry with the center front of the bra draped over the hanger. Hanging your bra by the straps can cause the straps to stretch out. The center front of a bra is typically stabilized and made of minimal fabric, so hanging it by the center front is a better choice.

how to dry bras

How to store bras

If you’re storing your bras in a drawer, sort them by style. All molded bras should be lined up in a row with the cups facing forward. Unlined wire bras, bralettes, and wireless bras can be folded in half and stored on top of the next or laid flat and stored on top of each other.

Bras can also be hung up and stored in a closet on hangers. You can hang them by the straps or by the center front of the bra but laying them in a drawer is the best option.

So there you have it – how to wash, dry, and store your bras. As long as you’re rotating your bras (never wearing the same bra two days in a row), these tips can help your bras last as long as possible.

how to store bras

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Amour Cross Plunge Padded Bra A1471 | Amour Bikini A1473 in Aubergine

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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