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    10 Most Common Bra Mistakes Most Women Make

    Yes, you’re right, Nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes but when it comes to bras and boobs, it’s important to get things right!

    Not only is getting it right crucial for your comfort and support, but for the lifespan of your beautiful new bras too. We’ve compiled a list of the most common bra mistakes

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    Not Investing in a Quality Bra: This is undoubtedly the most important point. Even if they don’t look very different on the hangers, a quality bra, and a cheap one will feel markedly different. 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 wears and washings.

    Putting Your Bra in the Dryer: Hang or lay your bra flat to dry. But never ever put your bra in the dryer. Since every bra has unique fabrics, trims, and care requirements, it’s imperative to read labels for washing and temperature instructions. Though hand washing your delicates is the best way, most bras can be washed in a lingerie bag on your machine’s gentlest cycle.

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    Over-tightening hooks and straps: Tightening bra hooks and straps excessively can cause discomfort and pain. When straps dig into the skin, it can lead to redness and irritation. Moreover, if the bra is too tight, it might restrict your breathing and even affect the blood circulation. To avoid this, it’s crucial to choose a bra that fits well from the beginning and adjust the hooks and straps only enough to provide the needed support without causing discomfort.

    Sharing bras with friends: Sharing bras with friends can have hygienic implications. Undergarments are in direct contact with the body, and the transfer of bacteria and fungi is possible when shared. This can lead to various health issues such as skin infections and rashes. Additionally, bras are delicate garments that conform to an individual’s body shape over time. Sharing bras may alter their shape and fit, making them less comfortable for both individuals. It’s best to maintain personal hygiene and avoid sharing intimate clothing items.

    Wearing the same bra continuously: Wearing the same bra day after day without washing it can lead to unpleasant odours due to the accumulation of sweat, oils, and bacteria. Moreover, bras need time to regain their shape and elasticity after being worn. Constant wear without rotation can cause the fabric and elastic to degrade more quickly, reducing the overall lifespan of the bra. To extend the life of your bras, it’s advisable to rotate between several well-fitting bras and wash them regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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    Wearing a White Bra under White Clothing: This wardrobe malfunction is surely seen every day. Choose a colour closest to your skin tone.
    That means, match your bra to your skin tone, not your clothing. We recommend choosing a neutral shade such as light nude, soft tan, mocha, or black—any color that closely matches your skin tone.

    Wearing Basic Colours Every Day: Don’t be afraid to go for fun colours or prints. While having bras in neutral colours like black or soft tan is essential, wearing a fun printed bra (such as leopard or polka dots) can feel like a special treat.

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    You don’t adjust the straps when you put your bra on: This might sound like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at how much the straps can affect the fit of your bra. They’re not there to add a lot of support (in fact they should only provide around 20% of the overall support of a bra) but they do keep the cups in place and allow you to adjust the fit to suit you. Make sure you’re lifting the straps from the front of the bra and over your shoulder so you can see how it changes the fit of the cup, and tighten any slack that’s left over at the back. The ideal tension for your straps is what we call a ‘two-finger tension’ – meaning you can comfortably slip two fingers underneath. Any tighter than this then you might find they dig in and cause pain, but any looser and they’ll slip off your shoulders.

    You wear the same bra two or more days in a row: By wearing the same bra two days in a row, you’re not giving it time to rest! Bras do a lot of work, especially D+ cup ones, since they have to keep your boobs in place all day long. Imagine how you would feel if you were carrying around a couple of bags of sugar all day? You’d be tired! So to get the longest lifespan out of your bras, you should let each one rest for at least a day between wears to prevent the elastics from straining and wearing out too quickly. Try to have at least two or three bras that you rotate throughout the week – loads of women have multiple of their favourite bra for this reason!

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