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whats the best way to store bras

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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