Tips to keep in mind while buy­ing lin­gerie

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

An ill-fit­ting bra not only dam­ages breast size and shape, it can also cause neck, back and shoul­der pain. It's best to con­sider a num­ber of fac­tors while buy­ing and wear­ing lin­gerie, says an ex­pert.

Jen­nifer Ka­pasi com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, Tri­umph In­ter­na­tional In­dia Pri­vate Lim­ited, shares some points to keep in mind for buy­ing and wear­ing lin­gerie:

Get fit­ted by an ex­pert: It is im­por­tant to buy and wear lin­gerie of the right fit for proper com­fort and sup­port. The best way to get your facts right is to get fit­ted by an ex­pert. You should also get your­self fit­ted for the right bra at least once a year. Most women wear at least four dif­fer­ent bra sizes in their life­time.

Al­ways try on lin­gerie be­fore you buy it: It is al­ways bet­ter to try on lin­gerie be­fore buy­ing it. Dif­fer­ent brands have dif­fer­ent sizes. A 36C from one brand may fit dif­fer­ently than the same size in an­other brand. Also, don’t be hung up on a par­tic­u­lar bra size or bra style. Our bod­ies go through var­i­ous changes and a style that was per­fect for you in the past may not work in the pre­sent.

In­vest in high qual­ity lin­gerie: Lin­gerie is the foun­da­tion gar­ment for out­fits. The right fit­ting lin­gerie will give you the con­fi­dence to carry off any out­fit. The fab­ric of a bra is one of the most im­por­tant fac­tors as one needs a bra that is not only com­fort­able but also of­fers sup­port and shap­ing.

De­velop a lin­gerie wardrobe: Make sure you have the right lin­gerie for dif­fer­ent out­fits to give you the per­fect fit and look. Your wardrobe must contain bras from the ba­sic T-shirt bras, sports bras to the el­e­gant and chic plunge bras and back­less bras. Rather than stick­ing to ba­sic neu­tral colours, one should try bold colours or del­i­cate lace pat­terns. Un­der­wear in the thong, bikini and boy short styles are must-haves.

Wear a bra cor­rectly: While wear­ing a bra, many women fas­ten the hooks in the front and then ro­tate the bra. Over time, this causes the bra to lose its shape. To wear a bra cor­rectly, po­si­tion your bra in the front and bend over slightly, al­low­ing your breasts to fall into the cups. Now fas­ten the hooks on the back and then stand up­right, pulling up the shoul­der straps.

Hand wash your lin­gerie: Lin­gerie must al­ways be hand washed. If you must put it in the wash­ing ma­chine, make sure you fas­ten the hooks first and use a mesh wash­ing bag so it doesn’t get caught in other clothes.


Your un­der-band needs to feel com­fort­able yet firm, no dig­ging in or red marks, since it pro­vides 80%of the sup­port.

The back of your bra should be in line with the front. Fas­ten on the loos­est hook when your bra is new.

Cups should not come too high un­der the arms.

Your breast should fit neatly into the bra’s cups — no over­spill or wrin­kling at all.

Wires should lie flat against your body.

Your bra’s cen­tre front panel should sit flat against your body.

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