Like most items in our wardrobes, we pick our favourite pieces and wear them continuously. This is because they are usually the most comfortable items we feel most confident in. The same can be said for the lingerie and underwear we choose to wear, even if only a small number of people ever see them.
But the truth is, buying and wearing lingerie that makes you feel sexy and stylish is an instant mood booster, not to mention pushing your confidence through the roof.
So whether you are looking to delve into the world of garters and knee-high stockings or want to explore the countless options for unlined bras, following several tips will make make you understand the do’s and don’ts of lingerie shopping
Get Properly Fitted
It is unbelievable how significant a change can be made when you are correctly fitted for bras. While there are many ways to find the right bra size, and having it professionally fitted will give you complete satisfaction.
Don’t put too much value on the actual size, as wearing a properly fitted bra will look and feel the best. In today’s market, many options are available for all shapes and sizes, meaning you will not be short of variety.
Build from the Ground Up
If you are new to the world of lingerie or are choosing to move away from your comfort zone, start with something simple from which to build. Begin with beautiful matching bra sets in multiple styles to create your wardrobe choices. And yes, go for the set. Wearing matching organic underwear can make you feel like you have your life together a little bit more.
Once you become more familiar with the options available, you can change up materials, colours and sheerness for added wow factors and even sexier alternatives. Just remember to start small. Overwhelming yourself will make you less inclined to continue.
Focus on Cups
A bra is so much more than just a piece of underwear. It can create magic when measured and worn correctly. This doesn’t mean you have to expose yourself for the world to see, as all women are looking for specific things from the right bra.
But keep your needs in mind when purchasing one. For example, look more toward push-up bras if you are after lift. Full coverage bras offer a range of support, while unlined bras are a daring alternative to the classic.
Invest in Different Styles
One bra style doesn’t cover every situation, body type, or clothing option. We have variety for a reason, and it is essential to exploit this for the right underwear choices depending on when and how we need them.
You don’t need to stick to just one type of bra or even one colour of bra. Reassess your wardrobe and look at your current closet’s colours, designs and necklines. These factors will largely influence what you end up buying. Having 4-6 options means you will never be without the perfect choice.
Don’t Ignore Your Feelings
You will wear your lingerie for a long time. For this reason, don’t discount your own feelings when you put them on. As previously mentioned, lingerie boosts your confidence and makes you feel invincible. If your current choices aren’t achieving these things, you might be looking in the wrong place.
That isn’t to say every piece needs to make you feel like a vixen, but comfort and satisfaction are major parts of wearing the proper clothing. So try on multiple options until you find the perfect one. And if you don’t get that wow feeling, there is nothing wrong with leaving and trying again another day.
Quality Materials Matter
When exploring new options, it can be a little scary to see the price of good quality lingerie. But when you think about how much wear and tear these clothing items will get, not to mention the countless washing cycles they will go through, investing in high-quality pieces with proper materials makes sense in the long run.
This does not mean you have to buy the most expensive option on the shelf but look closer at the quality of sewing and how the garment has been put together. Make a note of the material used, and decide if this is material you find comfortable and wearable.
Ultimately, lingerie has roughly six months of quality wear before materials begin to lose their spark and the garments start to lose shape.
Taking Proper care for lingerie takes a little more effort than most of your regular clothes. But the reward for your extra time will make it all worth it. Handwashing lingerie is really the only way to ensure the structure and overall quality of the item is maintained for as long as possible.
A mixture of lukewarm water and detergent explicitly made for delicate clothes will do the trick.
Once rinsed, gently squeeze out excess water and allow to dry lying flat. Once dry, store your bras one behind the other in drawers, making sure cups and straps are not twisted or bunched. Pieces made with special materials should be hung up, but take care not to snag any fabric.
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