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You’ve tried on all your bras (plus an adhesive bra and even going without one), but nothing feels right. You’re not sure if you can work with the bras you have or if you’ll need to buy a new one for your outfit. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

In this series, we’re tackling your lingerie questions and sharing the best bras to wear for every occasion.

Next up: a common lingerie question we get asked often. If you’ve ever wondered “What’s the best way to store bras?”, this article is for you.

Here’s what you need to know:

What’s the best way to store bras?

It all depends on the style of the bra.

Molded bras

Molded bras have pre-formed cups that are shaped on a special machine to ensure a uniform shape. Their design gives your bust a more symmetrical and rounded look under clothing. Most t-shirt bras are molded bras. Due to their delicate nature, molded cups are one of the most susceptible styles to damage. Poor care and storage can lead to wrinkled or misshapen cups, which can’t be fixed.

How to store molded bras

Molded bras should never be folded in half because that can damage their cups. It’s best to store them in a drawer lined up with one bra in front of the other. You also can stuff the cups of molded bras with socks or underwear if you only have one or two to help them keep their shape when you’re not wearing them.

how to store bras

Unlined bras, wireless bras, bralettes

Unlined bras, wireless bras, and bralettes are non-molded styles of bras. They may have soft padding or no padding, underwire or no wire, lined or unlined, etc. They can have three-part cups, like the Marion Unlined Wire Bra, or vertical seams to shape the bust, like the Adriana Lace Bralette. This group also includes bandeaus and triangle bras, like the Ciara Bralette, too.

How to store unlined bras, wireless bras, and bralettes

Unlike molded bras, these styles can be folded in half at the center and stacked on top of each other to save space. No need to worry about lining them up to keeping the shape of their cups. If you prefer to hang your bras, hang them by the center panel (which has little to no stretch) – not by the straps, as the straps can stretch out over time.

how to store bras in drawer

Bustiers and longline bras

Bustiers and longline bras are characterized by their longer band and wider wings. While longline bras typically stop a few inches below the bust, bustiers can extend past the waist and to the hips. These styles are known for shaping and contouring curves. Since the majority of a bra’s support comes from its band – they’re a supportive option for full busts, too.

How to store bustiers and longline bras

Bustiers and longline bras are best stored in a drawer, laying flat with the cups facing up. These styles can be stacked on top of each other. If the bustier has molded cups, like the Elissa Longline Bustier, you’ll want to place that on top of the unlined bustier so the cups don’t get crushed. You can also hang your bras up in your closet by draping them over a hanger (with the center panel resting on the hanger).

how to properly store bras

Want to learn more about lingerie storage? Check out our 3-step guide here.

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!


How do you store your bras? Let us know in the comments below.

Buying your very first bustier is a momentous occasion. Many of us invest in this stunning style of lingerie at some point, yet for some of us, the idea of doing so can be a little intimidating. We hear you!

If you’re not sure where to start, you may be tempted to pass up on this style of underwear altogether. Don’t do that. You deserve to look and feel fabulous.

Here are some of the mistakes to avoid when buying a bustier for yourself:

Thinking that all bustiers are the same

Before we go any further, there’s something you should know. Not all bustiers are the same. When you’re shopping for your first ever one, you need to make sure that you’re looking for quality, not merely a good price tag. The fact of the matter is that there’s a massive range of different bustier styles out there and so you need to be highly selective.

This is a seriously structured piece of lingerie and, when it’s done right, it can be supportive and comfortable. Take the time to shop around and look for pieces that will give you the fit you need and start the test of time.


Related: 3 Reasons To Try A Bustier


black bustier

Elissa Low Back Bustier | Elissa Bikini in Black

Choosing the wrong material

Unlike other pieces of lingerie, a bustier covers a whole section of your body. For that reason, you absolutely have to invest in a high-end material. The last thing you want or need is for the fabric to irritate your skin when you’re wearing the piece.

Pay close attention to the descriptions and look for some lingerie that’s sure to be the perfect fit. For example, a bustier with foam-lined, microfiber cups and a lace bodice work under a number of outfits. Fantastic.

white bustier

Elissa Low Back Bustier in Pearl White

Failing to get an underwire piece

When you’re choosing a bustier, the type of cups that the piece has is seriously important. This is especially true if you happen to have larger breasts, as you’re going to need to get some support along the way. Choosing a piece that has some underwire could be the answer you’ve been looking for. So, why not give it a go?

Underwire helps to keep your breasts in place while you’re wearing the piece of lingerie, which is, of course, a major bonus. The rest of the bustier is structured and designed to offer your bust a seriously great level of support. So long as you choose a high-quality bustier, you should find that you feel comfortable wearing it.

Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, it could be time to invest in your first bustier. Choosing a supportive bustier to add to your growing lingerie collection is a fantastic way to upgrade your look and style. Start looking now and see whether there’s a special piece out there that catches your eye. Good luck and happy shopping.

supportive bustier

Elissa Low Back Bustier | Elissa Bikini in Black

Related: Lingerie Favorites: Elissa Low Back Bustier


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new sports 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:
Elissa Low Back Bustier in Nude

Sometimes choosing the right bra can be just as challenging as putting the whole outfit together. We all have those days where we feel like we don’t have the right lingerie to wear.

This year, we’re focused on building lingerie wardrobes that work with our outfits – not against them. With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to clean out your lingerie drawer and get rid of bras that don’t fit or flatter your bust and stock up on bras that make you feel amazing, supported, and confident every day (believe it or not – lingerie can be a powerful mood booster!)

For many of us, bra shopping is a challenging, stressful, and frustrating experience. You’re not alone if you hate bra shopping and wait until your last bra breaks before buying a new one. But there is a lot more to bra shopping than trying on bras. As a bra fitter, I’ve helped thousands of people find bras that fit, so I’ve created a few guides to help you along the way and make bra shopping easier than ever for you. Feel free to ask any questions below or visit your local lingerie store for extra help. They’re also happy to answer any lingerie-related questions you might have.

Now onto the good stuff. In these guides, we’ll be covering some of your most popular lingerie questions, like: “What bra should I wear under a t-shirt?”, “What’s the best bra for a low-cut neckline?”, and “What bra works best under a backless dress?” No matter your bra size, breast shape, or budget, I’ll be sharing the styles that suit each outfit – and a few important fit tips to keep in mind, too.

Next up: the best bras to wear with backless and low back tops and dresses. Read on for everything you need to know!

Backless and low back tops and dresses

Low back bustier

Looking for a bra that will boost your bust and nip in your waist? The Elissa Low Back Bustier will be your new favorite. This chic bustier features firm panels in smooth microfiber with added boning to slim and shape the torso. The boning is strategically placed to ensure a contoured fit. The padded cups offer a seamless look under clothing, but keep in mind that the torso is not completely seamless and may show through sheer or tight clothing.

One of the best features of the Elissa Low Back Bustier is its wide bottom band, which helps to keep the bustier from twisting or moving out of place. Plus, the microfiber fabric won’t catch on other fabrics – making it easy to wiggle into form-fitting dresses without having to worry about your lingerie underneath. We also love the strapless padded cups and low back design, which make it the perfect foundation for strapless dresses and tops with low cut backs (and wedding dresses too).

Adhesive bra

Have you ever worn an adhesive bra? Adhesive bras are an alternative to a strapless bra or bustier. This popular design can vary in style, but the concept is more or less the same. Adhesive bras are sold with two separate cups that may or may not attach or fasten between the breasts. Molded adhesive bras are often the most popular because they provide a seamless, rounded shape under clothing and leave the back completely bare. Adhesive bras are a viable option for backless tops and dresses.

Depending on the style you choose, you may even be able to get a little push-up padding for lift, but keep in mind that they are far less supportive than your favorite bra. Adhesive bras lack a band, so their support is limited to what you’re naturally blessed with. If you wear a larger cup size, they won’t provide the lift that you’re used to from your every day bras.

Go braless

Can’t find a bra that will work under your outfit? Consider going braless. Braless can be a good option if you’re worried about ruining the silhouette of the top’s design. If you wear an AA, A, B, or C cup, going braless might seem like a natural option. If you wear a D cup or larger, going braless might not seem like your first choice.

How to go braless if you wear a larger cup size? Look for a top or dress that has a structured bodice so you can get lightweight support for your bust. Empire seams, adjustable straps, and halter necklines may also make it easier to go without a bra. No matter which option you choose, wear it with confidence and let your natural beauty shine though!

If you’re having trouble finding a bra that fits well, set aside some time to visit your local lingerie store for a bra fitting and get help from lingerie experts. A supportive and comfortable bra is worth the extra time and effort. Good luck!

how to go braless

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:
Elissa Low Back Bustier | Elissa Bikini in Black

Be honest, is your lingerie drawer something of a mess? If you’ve got a load of old underwear that you never touch lying around, you might want to rethink your game plan. Creating a capsule lingerie wardrobe means that you get rid of the things that you no longer need and, instead, invest in high-quality pieces.

Here’s what you need to know:

Go for a bra fitting before you start

Before we get started with this task, there’s one thing that you absolutely have to do. Head for a fitting. Whether it’s been three months or three years since you last got measured professionally, this job is one of the most important things you can do.

When you’re investing in pieces of lingerie, the last thing you need is to get something that’s ill-fitted. Not sure where to start? Simply book an appointment at your local boutique store or at a department store.

Match the colors to your wardrobe

When you know your exact measurements, it’s time to think about the colors you’re going to choose. You likely have a unique color palette that you tend to use for your wardrobe. The truth of the matter is that most people unconsciously opt for the same tones and colors again and again. Take a look at your wardrobe. What colors prevail?

You may find that you have mainly bold colors, such as blue or green. Alternately, some women prefer the mysterious look that all black outfits offer. Gaining an understanding of your wardrobe and what’s there means that you can choose pieces, which will match.


Related: How To Find The Best Lingerie Colors For Your Skin Tone


Get the basics right

Now that you’ve got the color palette down, let’s talk about the basics. There are some pieces of underwear that every woman should own. When you’re creating a capsule lingerie wardrobe, you need to ensure that you invest in a few quality pieces. Here is your shopping list for the basics you will absolutely need:

T-Shirt Bra

Do you currently own a high-quality t-shirt bra? If the answer is no, it’s time to get out there and invest in one. Think of this piece as your everyday bra that you can slip under pretty much any outfit. It offers support and comfort in one neat, little package. Nice.

Boyshorts

Nothing quite says cozy comfort like a great pair of boyshorts. If you’re looking for some briefs that you can wear on a daily basis, you might just have found them. It’s worth having a few pairs of this style of underwear in your wardrobe.

Convertible Bra

Next, let’s talk about a piece of lingerie that will be a real life-saver! As the name suggests, a convertible bra is one that you can adapt to suit you. For instance, you can take the straps off it or hook them together to create a racerback effect. Needless to say, these types of bras are highly useful.

Seamless Underwear

Do you adore the look of a flattering bodycon dress? When you wear tight-fitted clothes, it’s important to find briefs that don’t show through the fabric. Seamless or minimal-seam panties, such as thongs or even Brazilian thongs, could be the answer. Get yourself a few pairs.


Related: How To Define Your Lingerie Style


Add a few special pieces

When you’ve got the basics covered, it’s time to spice things up a little. Investing in some high-end lingerie styles will make you feel wonderful. Without further ado, let’s take a moment to talk about some of the exceptional pieces that you could choose.

Bustier

Lingerie doesn’t get much more glamorous than the stunning bustier. If you’re looking for something that shows off your curves and makes you feel super sexy, you don’t need to look any further. Choose a piece that speaks to your inner style and you won’t go wrong.

Longline Bra

If you fancy something a little more low-key than a full bustier, you could experiment with style a little here. Why not opt for a lovely longline bra? These pieces give you a load of support while also looking incredibly suave. Get shopping and find yours today!

Push-up Bra

Every woman out there deserves to own a quality push-up bra. If you don’t have one of these pieces, it may be time to shake up your lingerie look. Giving you that extra bit of oomph you’re after and looking awesome, you will fall in love with this look. Pick a bra in your favorite color or tone and keep it for special occasions.

Keep things super simple!

Above all else, there’s one golden rule that you should keep in mind here – you need to keep things simple. Having a thousand pieces of lingerie that you will never wear is a waste of time and space. Instead, pick out some select pieces that you will look after and wear time and time again. It’s all about quality over quantity.


Related: 5 Times When You Should Get A Bra Fitting


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!

Looking for a lingerie review or more information on a product before purchasing? You’ve come to the right place.

In this series, we’re sharing our favorite styles (and a few reasons why you’re sure to love them too.)

Elissa Low Back Bustier

Construction

longline bridal bustier

Elissa Low Back Bustier in Nude

The Elissa Low Back Bustier is a strapless longline bra with padded molded cups. True to its longline silhouette, this stunning style smoothes and contours the waist and hips with a firm fit and strategic boning. The foam-lined padded cups are covered in smooth microfiber and molded for a seamless look under clothing.

The anti-slip silicone tape on the inside of the cups helps to keep the cups in place. The low back design further adds to its versatility. The multi-hook back closure and wide bottom band ensure that the bustier doesn’t budge. Beautiful lace details down the center of the bustier are a chic finishing touch.

strapless longline bustier

Elissa Low Back Bustier | Elissa Bikini in Pearl White

Fit

longline bustier

Elissa Low Back Bustier | Elissa Bikini in Black

The Elissa Low Back Bustier is a new addition to the Elissa collection. This stunning collection also features a supportive strapless bra and bikini panty with sheer lace panels. Unlike the strapless bra and bikini, the Elissa Low Back Bustier is pared down with less lace. In fact, the only lace you’ll find is on the vertical center panel of the bra. Other than that, the bra is constructed in microfiber.

If you’re shopping for a longline bustier, you might be having trouble deciding which fabric to choose. After all, longline bras come in many different styles with varying degrees of padding and support. Though lace is always beautiful, microfiber does have its perks. Due to the nature of the fabric, your dresses and tops will glide over it – making it easier to zip into a form-fitting outfit. Additionally, the cups of the Elissa Low Back Bustier are seamless for a clean line, so you won’t have to worry about the bra cups showing underneath clothing. It’s an excellent alternative to a waist trainer or corset if you’re looking for a little smoothing and shaping.

A few fit tips: The body of the bustier is firm with a hint of stretch. This style is designed to mold to the contours of the body. If you’ve worn a waist trainer or corset before, you’ll likely feel at home with the snug fit. However, if you’re not used to a snug fit, you may want to try on your sister size (one size bigger in the band and one size smaller in the cup) and see how it feels.

When shopping for a longline bra, it’s best to pick the size that fits well in the cups and feels snug – not uncomfortable or painful – through the body. It should feel like a big hug around your ribcage. Bustiers can take some getting used to if they’re new to you, so don’t be afraid to wear it around the house (as it will stretch a little with wear) before the wedding or big event so you can get used to the fit. Lastly, if you find that a bustier isn’t the right choice for you, opt for a strapless bra instead.

strapless longline bustier bra

Elissa Low Back Bustier in Pearl White

Related: What Is A Longline Bustier?


How to style the Elissa Low Back Bustier

 longline bustier bra

Elissa Low Back Bustier in Nude

The low back design is one of the best features of the Elissa Low Back Bustier – making it a beautiful foundation for a wedding dress or special occasion dress. This bra works best with fitted dresses and tops that have ruching or design details to camouflage the boning (a very important design component for bustiers as it helps the bustier to keep its shape). A form-fitting dress that has an a-line or skater skirt would be a great choice. This style may show through thin, clingy dresses and tops, so please keep that in mind when shopping for a bustier.

The Elissa Low Back Bustier is available in Black, Pearl White, and Nude.

Care

washing bras

Proper care is crucial if you want your lingerie to last. We recommend washing bras and panties in cold water and avoiding the dryer at all costs. Hand washing lingerie is the gentlest option (as it involves the least amount of agitation), but machine washing on the delicate cycle is also an option if you don’t have time to hand wash. If you do machine wash your bras, be sure to hook them first, separate the colors (bright colors may bleed onto your light-colored bras), and sort them into mesh lingerie bags. Panties should also be sorted by color and placed in separate bags so the bra hooks don’t snag delicate underwear.

To wash, use a gentle detergent or laundry soap designed for lingerie and wash them on a delicates cycle in cold water. Once they’re washed, either hang dry them (drape the center front of the bra over the hanger – don’t hang a wet bra by its straps) or lay them flat to dry (away from sunlight which can cause the colors to fade over time) with the cups facing up.

Lastly, be extra careful when storing your bras. For molded bras, line them up in a drawer with the cups facing up – one bra in front of the other. Unlined bras, bralettes, and non-molded sports bras can be folded in half and stacked on top of each other to save space. Panties can be folded and sorted by color or style in a lingerie drawer.

lingerie care

One last thing…

Education is a big part of my job as a bra fitter. I feel fortunate to be partnering with Parfait on creating lingerie-related content with the goal of helping readers make educated and empowered shopping decisions. There is so much to bra fitting that we can’t cover in a single blog post, so the goal since the very beginning of the blog has been to tackle it one article at a time.

If you have any questions about any of these products or if you would like us to do a review on one we haven’t done yet, let us know in the comments below.


Related: 3 Reasons To Try A Bustier


We Highly Recommend

If you’re shopping for new sports bras, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit, 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:
Elissa Low Back Bustier | Elissa Bikini in Black
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