Age-Old Lingerie Myths Debunked
Lingerie, particularly bras, are a woman’s wardrobe staple and also one of the most challenging pieces to buy. You want to find something that is comfortable, supportive, and pretty. It also needs to fit into your personal needs from exercise to a night out. And the hardest part just might be finding your correct size! Below are some of the most common myths and what you really need to know when building a lingerie wardrobe.
MYTH: It’s okay not to wear a bra at all
This is a somewhat controversial topic, but most experts will agree that it’s a good idea to wear a bra. A bra offers support and can take off the strain on your back and overall posture. If the root of not wanting to wear a bra is comfort, look for a soft yet supportive style like a bralette or one of the many wire free options.
MYTH: Straps provide all of a bra’s support
This is a big misconception and completely false. The majority of a bra’s support should come from the band and not the straps. If your bra is uncomfortable because the straps are sliding off or are digging into your shoulders, go down a band size and up a cup size or even two. For plus size women, consider wider bra straps with padding which can offer a combination of comfort and additional support.
MYTH: Finding your right size bra is complicated
Here are four things to keep in mind. 1) don’t get hung up on a size 2) understand that different brands fit differently, even when marked as the same size 3) learn how to measure yourself or make an appointment with a bra fitter 4) you can also buy a few sizes and styles online and try them on at home. Finding your right size bra is not that complicated, but it might require some patience. When trying on a bra, make sure that you try it on with a t-shirt so that you can see if you get the shape that you really want.
MYTH: Never wash your bra in the laundry machine
While some may recommend hand washing your lingerie, you can put your bras in the laundry provided that you do so carefully. Use a lingerie bag and make sure that you close the bra so that the hooks don’t catch on anything. Never put your bra in the dryer since heat will harm the spandex or other stretch fiber.
MYTH: Shopping for sustainable fabrics is challenging
For several years, there has been a big trend in shoppers wanting products that are earth friendly and responsibly made. Likely, this trend will continue as more products become available and prices are closer to what consumers are used to paying. Dora Lau, founder and CEO of Dora L International, a global sourcing and design company says, “the interest in sustainable products is part of the growing wellness trend. Woman are seeking products that are good for themselves as well as the environment. Purchases are more mindful and take into consideration how we feel about the brand and it’s social responsibility.” Lau says that great strides have been made with fabrics created from Bamboo, like Lenzing Modal and Tencel.