The 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Bras And How To Fix Them

Thanks to the blog, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of my favorite brands. Chantelle, a french lingerie brand, is one of them. I wrote about them here and also here about the 5 bras you need. Fun fact, they’re still my go to brand several years later. On a more local level, I’ve partnered with Rigby & Pellar, a high end lingerie boutique that’s known for their expert bra fitters. We did a fun segment last holiday season about gift giving and I had the chance to pick their brains a bit during commercial break. What I learned was SHOCKING.

With bras being such an important part of your everyday routine and how you feel, I wanted to share some common mistakes many people may make with their lingerie. How many of these have you been guilty of?

The 5 Mistakes Your Making With Your Bras

1. You’re Washing Them Too Often

Washing a bra every single time you wear it may sound normal, but you’re actually speeding up the process to break down the fibers and elastic in the bras. Just like your jeans (which we chatted about here) washing them after a few wears is ideal.  But let’s get real here, if you wore a bra out during a humid day for 12 hours, I recommend washing that bras as sweat and oils have definitely built up faster than if you threw on a bra for a few hours to run some errands. Oh and yes, you should be washing your sports bras every single time. Period.

2. You’re Not Washing Them Enough

The thing I was SHOCKED about when chatting with the fit experts at Rigby & Peller was learning that some women take tip #1 a little too seriously and NEVER wash their bras. You have to wash your bras eventually no matter what. But letting them go months without washing (yes they said they’ve seen it all!) is not smart. Bacteria can grow and may result in serious skin irritation.  It’s a good rule of thumb to wash your bras after 2 full wears (see above on what’s considered a “wear”).

3. Not Handwashing Your Bras

Now that we’ve decided you should wash your bras after every few wears (let’s say 5 max, but it’s usually recommended every two wears), you should definitely be mindful of how you’re washing them. In a perfect world, you’d be hand washing your bras in your sink once a week with your fancy lingerie intended detergent. But can I be honest? I don’t know anyone who does this. So let’s move onto 4.

4. Throwing Bras in With The Rest Of Your Laundry

If you’re not excited about handwashing (don’t worry neither am I) you may feel the urge to just toss your bras in with the rest of your laundry. DON’T. Bras are made out of elastic and usually delicate fabrics like lace that require extra care. When washing, the type of detergent you use, the wash cycle and the temperature of the water are all important. Using a lingerie detergent that’s gentle is the best way to extend the life of your bra. Plus, do them a serious favor and put them in a lingerie bag and make sure to clasp them before. If you can, do a wash with just the bras or any other delicates, on the delicate cycle in cold water with your fancy lingerie detergent you’ll be golden. No fancy lingerie detergent? I get it, just don’t bleach them!

5. Rotating Properly

It’s recommended to have several bras that you rotate through. You don’t want to wear the same bra day after day after day and here’s why. The elastic in a bra is the main reason why they do what they do. So wearing the same one day after day takes a toll on that elastic. You want to literally give your bra a rest for the elastic to go back. They usually can settle within 12 hours or so, but it’s best to have a few to rotate through regardless.

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  1. Laura Leigh wrote:

    Chantelle is also my favorite! I have five of their bras and put them on serious rotation {as recommended haha}. They’re the best!

    xo Laura Leigh

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  2. Alicia wrote:

    Okay — I’m bookmarking this post! While I don’t wash my bras after every wear, I also didn’t realize handwashing was the way to go, and to keep them separate from the rest of my laundry. Thank you for these awesome tips!

    xo, Alicia |

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    • Jessica wrote:

      Yes! I’ll be honest in that I just put them in a delicates bag and throw them in with my darks. I was most shocked to learn that a lot of people just don’t wash them at all!! So at least we’re ahead of the game by keeping them clean.

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  3. Karly wrote:

    Thanks for these awesome tips! I’m guilty of only washing my bras every 5-6 wears or so, so I need to change that … and not wearing the same one everyday until it wears out. But, a delicate cold cycle in a lingerie bag is definitely the way to go!

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    • Jessica wrote:

      I’m the same, but I also only wear my bras for a few hours, I change into a sports bra the second I get home (or no bra, depends no the day, ha!)

      Posted 5.31.18 Reply
  4. Blu wrote:

    I feel like I need a miniature washing machine just for bras and underwear! lol Handwashing my bras doesn’t fit into my millennial lifestyle lol


    Posted 5.31.18 Reply
    • Jessica wrote:

      Ugh wouldn’t that be amazing!?

      Posted 5.31.18 Reply
  5. Maria wrote:

    Thanks for the tips doll!
    xo, M

    Posted 5.31.18 Reply

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