Ways To Wage The Underwire Wars

Underwire bras can offer great lift, and often a more comfortable fit. Then again sometimes they don’t… at least that’s my experience. I’d say 90% of my bras are underwire-style, but still I have a love-hate relationship with them.

I love the lift, but I hate the poking and prodding.

Once, I duct-taped a bra to muscle the wire back into its proper position. It’s true, and I can’t believe I’m confessing it here. Instead of waging a war with underwire bras, it’s time for some solutions.

Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 4.36.48 PM Tips for wearing underwire bras:

Follow care instructions on your bra. I’m guilty of tossing my bras in the laundry with socks, sweats and jeans. There’s a good chance that’s the culprit of my exposed and then duct-taped underwire. Bras should be hand washed and air-dried. I’ve pulled a bra out of the laundry and fished out a pair of jeans. The bra straps tangled around the pants—ten minutes of puzzle-solving led to freed jeans and a very sad looking bra.

Rotate your bras every day—not wearing the same one within 24 hours. The elastic in your bra needs a break in order to regain its intended shape and effect. If you have one bra that you love above all bras, buy it again. Then rotate between the two. Brilliant, right?

Read HerRoom CEO Tomima Edmark’s Anatomy of a Bra: Underwires. This detailed article shines light on the inner workings of the bra’s actual structure and how lingerie manufacturers design the underwire. With an understanding of how they’re made, you can get a better fit for your cup and band size.

Put damaged bras to rest, and buy a new one. Eight months marks the intended life cycle of a bra. Sometimes, we just have to let them go. I promise it will be worth it in the end.

Do you have any other tips to keep those underwires in the right place?

Meghan Barich is a writer, the storyteller at meghanbarich.com. When she’s not crafting the next story, you can find her nose-in-a-book or walking her dog, Moose.

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