I hope you are all safe and well. This current situation may give you time to organise your lingerie drawer. If you do, read on. I have compiled my top 5 tips for creating a successful and effective lingerie drawer for you. Plus, if you are in need of some inspiration, I have highlighted beautiful NEW collections now online.
It's probably safe to say that most people's lingerie drawer houses several (maybe quite a lot of!) bras that are never worn for some reason or another. Free up your space by taking these out to leave you with a collection that you love. Only have bras that you feel great and confident in, that support, lift, and give you a great shape. Look at each item, when was the last time you wore it? Is it still looking good (honestly)? You may have to be a bit ruthless!
I recommend having a try on. A big question to ask yourself - is it comfortable? A good quality bra that has been gently worn but feels uncomfortable probably doesn't fit anymore. Do the wires sit behind your breast tissue? Does the top of the cup sit nicely against your breast without digging in gaping? Is the back firm enough that the band is parallel all the way around without riding up or that it doesn't feel so tight it's restrictive? Have a t-shirt to hand and try this on over each bra to check you are happy with the shape the bra gives you.
If you would like help, we offer a service where you can bring any of your current bras into the boutique for us to check the elasticity is still good and whether it fits. Just pop in when we are back open and we will happily help.
For the bras that you no longer want, you can now recycle them for a fantastic cause. Pop any gently worn bras in a bag and simply drop them off or post them to us when we reopen. We donate your bras all year round to a breast cancer charity where they are sent off to girls and women in Africa. In some African communities, underwear is seen as a status symbol and offers a degree of safety in protecting those who are vulnerable. The charity sells these bras at a very minimal price which raises crucial funds for cancer research.
It's a great idea to get into the habit of handwashing your bras (honestly it really helps to prolong their life). We have been recommending Soak Wash for many many years. It is just amazing at keeping the quality lace on your lingerie soft and in great condition, as well as prolonging the life of the elastic which is essential for the support and shape of a bra. It smells divine too in 4 different scents.
Fill a bowl with lukewarm water (30 degrees is perfect) and add a capful of Soak. Pop your bras in and leave them for 15 minutes. There is no need to rinse with this product as it is a low-suds liquid, the dirt and detergent come out in the water. Simply hang to dry naturally.
So you have a beautiful collection of bras that all fit great, feel comfortable and smell divine from your handwashing ;-) It's really personal as to how you organise your lingerie drawer, but here are a few ideas. Some lingerie lovers fold the matching knickers next to the bras so you can find the set easily, or others have drawer dividers which are brilliant at grouping styles. You can organise by colour and design, i.e plunge bras, t-shirt bras etc and thongs, briefs and deep briefs separately. For padded bras, we recommend not folding them up as this can damage the cup, and for non-padded don't twist the centre piece. Fasten the hook and eye so that it doesn't catch on any lace.
We hope you enjoy having an effective collection of lingerie - job well done!
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