Your Underwear Drawer, But Better, in 4 Easy Steps
Spring clean, summer fresh. What an ideal time to clear out your underwear drawer and make room for new lingerie! It’s also a good time to take stock of your current undie and bra situation – do you love these bras and wear them? Might you need new underwear?
First and foremost, you must edit what you already own in order to create wearable underwear and bra wardrobe (since let's face it, no one likes having to worry about what to wear in the morning).
There is no need to wait any longer than six months to have a new bra fitted. Bra fits are a huge part of if you wear them or not. Your bra size may be determined by a bra fitter - online or in person. A bra that fits well and increases your self-esteem, all in an environment free of stress and criticism so that you can feel and look your best.
But before you plan your next shopping trip or place that online order, do yourself a favor and clean out your undie and bra drawer first. Say it with us … Summer re-fresh!
Here’s your renew and refresh go-to plan:
First, Set aside 30 minutes. Turn on your favorite music. Loud. No interruptions.
Step 1) Dump your drawer and make four separate piles.
Keep everything that fits well and that you wear. You may always replace items or add unique pieces to your keep pile (like your wedding lingerie or a beloved lingerie set that you don't wear very frequently). Basically, everything that makes you feel good or joyful belongs in this pile.
Do you have any bras that have seen better days? Yep, we all do. With a needle and thread, you may be able to repair your bras. Sewing straps back on is simpler than repairing a hole in a delicate lace band, although both can usually be repaired. You may also take in the band of a beloved bra if the cups fit great but the band has stretched out and feels unsupportive on the tightest hook if you know how to sew (or know someone who can).
What can’t be fixed: Misshapen cups, protruding wires, a shredded center panel, a torn band, and stains and discoloration that won't wash away are all symptoms that it's time to retire a bra and replace it. Done and done.
Are you stumped as to what to do with bras that you've only worn once or twice (or never) and no longer fit? It's time to donate them if they're in good or new condition. Bra contributions are accepted by many women's shelters, as well as groups such as Thee Bra Recyclers, Free The Girls, or Uplift Project, who are committed to giving new lingerie to women in great need.
Don't just throw these donations in a box in your trunk, execute this plan same-day or same-week, if possible!
Throw away any old old underwear (you know the ones), bras that can't be mended, has nasty chemicals you find in its materials list, or anything else that has seen better days in the throwaway bin. It's never easy to part with a favorite bra, but if it's not helping you, why keep it? That type of negativity has no place in your life.
Step 2.) INVENTORY YOUR UNDERWEAR DRAWER.
After purging your undergarments, take stock of what's left. List what you have and what's lacking. How many bras you need when starting a lingerie collection depends on your lifestyle.
Step 3.) MAKE A LIST OF WHAT YOU NEED - BE SPECIFIC.
Always exercise? Don't wear the same sports bra two days in a row. Many T-shirts? For a clean appearance beneath clothes, choose seamless contour bras or a tank. Ready for a gorgeous lingerie set? Buy one bra and two undies to get more wear so you always have a matching set.
Step 4.) STOP TO YOUR LIST AT LOCAL RETAILERS OR ONLINE AFTER BEING FITTED BY A PROFESSIONAL ONLINE OR IN PERSON.
Also, critical is an expert bra fitting as a good starting point for determining your ideal bra fit as breast size changes throughout a woman’s life. "What is my breast shape?" "Which styles work best for me?" "What are my sister sizes?" and "How do I care for my new bras?" are all good things to ask your bra fitter.
Rome was not built in a day and neither will your bra and underwear wardrobe. Give yourself a season to accomplish all of these tasks. Schedule them in your calendar so they will be accomplished. You’ll be thankful later when you have fresh sets ready for you to armor your body under next season’s clothes and beyond.