XWH#1 (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs
DD(21), DS(19, PDD-NOS)
5 Furkids - 3 dogs, 2 cats
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Another link that may help. Its #25.
Trust is like paper. Once it's crumpled it can never be perfect again.
When I've had underwires poke through, I usually push them back and then sew a small piece of felt over the hole. That works indefinitely. Also, if an underwire breaks, there are lingerie sewing supply places online where you can buy replacements. No need to chuck a good bra just because the wire is unruly LOL.
Wash them in cold and hang dry. I find that Olga is the best when it comes to underwire.
VS is nice but doesn't hold up for actual wear in the long term.
Now if you have larger boobs, and are bigger than a 36 then you need to go to the intimate apparel department at Kohls, Penny's or Macy's. They won't be as pretty, but they will hold up, and they will give support. Go and try on every single style. Find the one you like. Get one, and if it works well for you, the straps don't slide of your shoulders, it gives good support, it doesn't bind or itch, then wait until the store has a buy one get one sale and stock up.
I am larger chested, and have found 2 brands that I love, and yes they are more expensive, about $30.00 a piece, if not on sale. So I baby them, I don't wash them more than once a week, and rotate so they can air out a day inbetween airing. When I do wash them I wash them by hand and let them drip dry.
The last thing I do when I get them is sew a reinforcing stich at the ends of the underwire, where it's like to eventually poke out. I Simply sew an X with quilting thread (it's thicker).
It's funny you mention this, because I noticed in the past two weeks two of mine have developed holes even with all this, but they are a couple years old so it's time. Going bra shopping this weekend!
23. See if jeans fit without trying them on by placing the waistline of the jeans around your neck.
If you are going to put them in a washing machine, use a lingerie bag, that including the no dryer will greatly lengthen their life.
Another reason for bras to give out too soon is you aren't wearing the right size. As in, your band size is probably smaller than you think, and your cup size is probably larger than you think.
I buy my bras from Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall's. Why overpay? Occasionally I'll pay full price for something deliciously delicate, but usually I have about 3 in daily rotation and I wear them out, then replace.
I will definitely be checking out Title Nine though. I have yet to find a sports bra that works for me. I typically have to wear a regular bra, then a sports bra over that in order to hold the girls down during workouts.
ETA: I'm a very full 38DD. I should probably go up another up size, but ugh...
[This message edited by GabyBaby at 2:07 PM, May 18th (Sunday)]
Any item of clothing that gets almost daily use is going to wear out. Any item of clothing that gets washed a lot is going to wear out. Fabric and thread are not indestructible.
Getting the right size is really important too. VS is not the place to get properly fitted.
Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than, less than perfect
Just say no. I refuse to wear them anymore. And as a doctor I see them harming people.
I will definitely be checking out Title Nine though.
I'm 34DD so um I *need* a sports bra to work. The Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer (fuck that name, fuck that brand) are so awesome. I had to overcome my aversion to that brand once I tried one. I bought a second one over two years ago and both are still perfect. They had a sale once and I bought two more that are still unworn b/c I didn't want to start using them until the first two wore out. Finding a decent sports bra for Crossfit, horseback riding, you know, sports where you don't want your bust moving at all, was critical.
I remember with VS first came to the U.S. They used to sell other brands, except they'd rip out the tags and have their store employees sew in their own label. (A friend of mine in college worked there). So sure, back then I shopped there. But not now, way too expensive for what you're getting imho.
Out of curiosity why do people hate lulu lemon?
[This message edited by nolight at 12:24 PM, May 15th (Thursday)]
I also hand wash all my bras so that they do not get messed up on a washer or dryer. They last longer and I wash them in Woolite. It does seem to work well.
Underwire bras are the devil. Don't wear them, blah, blah
This was ME the other week....I think I might of even channeled the devil's voice while saying it.
I bought a really cute, expensive bra (think date hoopla). I really liked it AT HOME. Standing straight and not bending. Halfway to my date, those underwires were killing me. I literally pulled off into a McD's parking lot and was trying to cut the underwires out (while the bra was still on it). What? Am I really the only one with scissors in my center console?
I succeeded. I am sure I looked like a raving lunatic if anyone was watching but I did not care.
So, I have two slightly used underwires up for sale. LOL