Wearing a Bra? You’re Probably Making At Least 1 of These 9 Common Bra Mistakes Right Now.

Wearing a Bra? You’re Probably Making At Least 1 of These 9 Common Bra Mistakes Right Now.

Here’s how to avoid them.

The struggle is real: if you’re among the majority of women who will come to know the love/hate relationship that is wearing a bra, you’re probably also committing more than a few common bra faux-pas. We chatted with the lingerie experts at Soma to find out the top mistakes women are making, and more importantly – how to fix them. Because if you love your bras, they’ll love you back.

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Mistake #1: Not investing in a good quality bra.

Solution: Stop the skimp.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but all too often women skimp on their bras in favor of spending more on, well, everything else (including that pair of killer shoes…you know you’ve been there). While those shoes may complete your look, your bra starts your look. Not only acting as the foundation to the rest of your wardrobe, but with the ability to quite literally make or break how you look and feel on any given day – surely your bra deserves a little more attention?

Says Soma: “Buy from a brand that believes in fit and stands behind their bras. There is a big difference in how a $15.00 bra and a $50.00 bra will perform, even if they don’t look very different on the hanger. A good quality bra will fit more comfortably from the minute you put it on, provide all-day support and will hold its appearance over many wearings and washings. Shop from a store staffed with knowledgeable bra fit experts to know your investment is worth it.”

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Mistake #2: Going too long between bra fittings.

Solution: Make time for a bra fitting at least once a year.

In a reality of busy, on-the-go lifestyles faced with numerous work and personal demands, it can be hard to find time for happy hour, let alone go in for a bra fitting. But just like you make time for regular dental check-ups (something we know you never procrastinate on), your girls need a regular once-over as well in the fit department.

Says Soma: “You may need new bras whenever your body goes through a change – gaining or losing five pounds or more, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, during and after nursing, or after breast surgeries or menopause. All of these events will affect how your bra fits, the support that you need and how comfortable it feels. By going in for a bra fitting at least once a year, you can be sure the bras in your wardrobe are fitting correctly and providing you with the support and shape you desire.”

Soma Bra Fitting

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Mistake #3: Wearing the same bra every day.

Solution: Rotate your bras.

Another no-brainer, but let’s be honest – how easy is it to keep wearing the same bra multiple days in a row? You come home, toss it on the dresser, only to grab the same one the very next morning.

To extend the life of your bra wardrobe, Soma recommends that you “avoid wearing the same bra two days in a row, as perspiration can cause a bra’s elastic to deteriorate. It’s a good idea to have at least three bras in your wardrobe at any given time: one to wear, one to wash and one to rest for a day. Rotating your bras in this way will help each last longer.”

Mistake #4: Putting your bra in the dryer.

Solution: DON’T put your bra in the dryer. Ever.

The MVP of bra faux-pas, putting your bra in the dryer is a surefire way to prematurely end its ill-fated life.

Always “hang or lay bras flat to dry,” explains Soma. “Never put a bra in the dyer—the heat ruins the stretch.” When it comes to washing however, the retailer says: “Many bras can be washed in a lingerie bag. Make sure you fasten the hooks & eyes of the bra before putting it in the bag, zip closed, then wash in the washing machine with cool water.”

bras hanging on clothes line to dry

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Mistake #5: Wearing a bra with the wrong band size.

Solution: Try it before you buy it.

While finding the right cup size is critical when buying a bra, so is finding the right band size. Take the time to try on a number of bras in varying band sizes to ensure you’re committing to the right one. And when in doubt, consult an expert via the aforementioned bra fitting.

Says Soma: “Your bra’s band is the key to good support. The bottom edge of your bra should sit level and straight all the way around your body. If the band is too loose, it will hike up in the back and the cups will fall down, causing your breasts to sag. Just as bad, if your band is too tight, it can dig into the skin and create painful, unflattering lines and bulges on your back and sides.”

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Mistake #6: Storing your bras incorrectly.

Solution: Stack (or hang) them.

Instead of stuffing all of your bras into a crushed mound in your dresser drawer, Soma recommends “stacking them in a row so the cups fit into each other in your drawer, or hang them on hangers in your closet.” The retailer further advises: “This is especially important for bras with a molded foam cup. Avoid folding bras in half with one cup inside the other, which could alter their shape.”

stacked and layered bras

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Mistake #7: Wearing the wrong bra for the wrong silhouette.

Solution: Expand your bra wardrobe.

As far as your go-to convertible t-shirt bra can take you, it’s not a one and done solution for every silhouette. A strong bra wardrobe consists of a number of styles from t-shirt and strapless to plunge and push-up to ensure you’re covered underneath nearly any outfit.

For example: “If you’re wearing a blouse and want to avoid gapping between buttons, go with a minimizer bra. It can reduce the bust from 1-3 inches,” recommends Soma.

Mistake #8: Wearing a white bra under white clothing.

Solution: Wear a color closest to your skin tone.

What may have been easier said than done a few years ago is getting easier and easier thanks to the number of brands now offering bras for numerous skin tones.

Says Soma: “The key to looking polished when wearing light summer fabrics is to ensure you’ve chosen pieces that vanish underneath. That means matching your bra to your skin tone, not your clothing. Any color that closely matches your skin tone will disappear under light colors or sheer fabrics.”

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Mistake #9: Throwing your old bras away.

Solution: Donate to women in need.

Bras are the most needed, yet least donated item of clothing for women. Instead of tossing your old (gently worn) bras, donate them directly to local women’s shelters or through organizations such as Soma’s Bra Donation, which benefits women staying in local shelters affiliated with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.