Lingerie Shopping Tips: How To Tell If Your Bra Will Last
Lingerie shopping can be a fun weekend activity, but it comes with some potential pitfalls too. If you’re tired of throwing out your bras after a wash or two, or you can’t tell the difference between well-made and poorly-made lingerie, we’re here to help.
Here’s how to buy lingerie that lasts more than a few washes:
1. Avoid buying cheap lingerie.
If you’re on a budget, you may well be tempted to scrimp on your lingerie and opt for something cheap. You may feel as though you’re saving cash here, but it’s actually a false economy. Sure, you’re saving money when you buy the pieces, but have you considered how long they will actually last? Probably not.
There’s an underlying cost of buying clothing that is sold at super cheap rates. For one thing, the likelihood is that these pieces just won’t stand up to any wear and tear. They may be made of cheap material, have a poor fit, or low quality stitching. All of the above means that they will eventually break and fall apart long before you’ll have the chance to get your money’s worth.
As though that wasn’t enough, you should consider how it is possible for brands to offer these products at such a low price. Someone must be losing out somewhere along the line and it’s most likely the manufacturers. If companies aren’t paying their staff a living wage, is that really something that you want to support?
2. Take a closer look at the quality of the fabric.
When you first get your hands on the bra in store, you should check out what the fabric is like. (Of course, all clothing has a little label that tells you what percentages the fabric is made up of so that should be no problem!) You need to ensure that the material is durable and yet comfortable at the same time.
That’s quite a difficult feat. Take the time to feel the material and even pull on it a little to see whether it fits the bill. Remember, as a customer, you have every right to be cautious when it comes to buying something new. Don’t be afraid to have a good old look at the lingerie pieces to make sure that they are high-quality.
3. Examine the construction.
When it comes to apparel of any sort, one of the major things that you need to check out for yourself is the stitching. When you take a hard look at the stitching, you can keep your eyes peeled for any inaccuracies or poor workmanship. The idea is that you want the stitching to be as near-perfect as possible. If it’s not, that could well be a sign that the piece is poorly manufactured and not worth the price tag. Keep that in mind.
4. Check out all of the details.
While you may already have looked at the stitching to see what the deal is, there’s another element of the bra that you need to check out for yourself. The detailing. High-quality lingerie pieces tend to have a fine and clear level of detailing.
It may be a little embroidery on the cups or a beautiful pattern on the material. These things may seem somewhat insignificant, but you should take note of them as you come across them.
Before you rush over to the counter with your new bra in hand, remember to give it the once-over. Looking for these finer details and seeing how they appear is key. The last thing you want to do is spend cash on something that is just not worth it. Plain and simple.
5. Buy the size that fits you the best.
Next, it’s time to try on your bra. The construction of the bra affects how it fits! (Remember, you absolutely need to make sure that your measurements are correct before you buy anything.) One of the telltale signs that a bra is just not right for you is that your breasts spill over the top of it. When that happens, it means that your cup size is wrong; it’s too small.
You could be forgiven for thinking that you can get away with it all the same. You can’t. Not only will the bra feel uncomfortable when you’re wearing it, but you will also find that it looks bizarre beneath your clothes. The likelihood is that the bra will appear tight and that you will be able to see two separate levels to your breasts. Not a great look.
6. Pay attention to fit and comfort.
Of course, there’s another thing that you need to watch out for when you’re choosing a bra that will last. When you slip it on, be sure to check that the front panel sits comfortably against your chest.
Usually, you can tell just by glancing at the fit of a bra whether it is right or not for you. Equally, you need to make sure that the band at the back of the bra does not ride up or twist. It should also sit flat against your skin and cause you no irritation.
Finding the right bra for you should never be a chore, but a pleasure. When you’re parting with your hard-earned money, you need to make sure that you’re getting something of quality and value. Don’t settle for anything less than the best. Choose bras from quality retailers or boutiques and make sure that you follow the above advice. Nothing could be simpler.
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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, 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!