Lingerie is an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe, but it can also be expensive. That’s why it’s important to take good care of your lingerie so that it lasts longer. Here are four reasons why your high-quality lingerie may be wearing out faster than you think:
1. You are not washing it properly: Many manufacturers of fine high-quality lingerie recommend hand washing as the best option to prolong the lifespan of bras, shapewear, and lingerie in general. However, if you don’t have time to hand wash your lingerie, you can use the gentle cycle on your washing machine. The gentle cycle (designed to mimic hand-washing) uses lower water temperatures, slower agitation speeds, and a shorter spin cycle to minimize wear and tear on delicate fabrics. When you don’t wash your lingerie properly, you can snag the delicate lace, or disfigure the underwires. Get the Brief Essentials lingerie wash bag for additional protection. Furthermore, wash with cold water and avoid fabric softener. If you are unsure whether a particular garment is safe for the gentle cycle, check the care label. For a guide, see this video.
2. You are wearing the same lingerie too often: Your lingerie needs a chance to rest between wears. This gives the elastic a chance to recover and the fabric a chance to breathe. If you’re wearing the same bra or panty every day, it’s going to wear out faster. Invest in a few well-fitting favorite bras and panties so that you can rotate them throughout the week.
3. You are putting it in the dryer: The heat and tumbling action of the dryer can damage lingerie, especially the elastic. Air or hang drying your lingerie is the best way to preserve its lifespan.
4. You are not storing it properly: How you store your lingerie can also affect its lifespan. For example, padded bras are better laid out in a drawer or hang it by the center gore. This will help to preserve the bra’s shape and structure.
By following these tips, you can help your high-quality lingerie last longer and maintain its shape and support.