Top 5 Questions about Lingerie Fitting
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Every day, I get questions from customers about how to fit lingerie, so I've compiled this list of the most asked questions. As always, fee free to check out our complete guides for fitting bras, panties, shapewear and slips. If I haven't answered it here in this "quick reference FAQ," try our more comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions. As always, if we have not answered your specific question, feel free to drop us a line here.


Q: What Is The Most Common Mistake Women Make About Their Bra Size?


The number one mistake is increasing the band size instead of the cup size. For example, you try on a 34C and it feels tight. The mistake is moving to a 36C instead of a 34D. Don't change band size unless you are unable to get a few fingers under the band of your bra.


Q: How do I eliminate panty lines?


Wearing a thong or a g-string will eliminate panty lines in the back. However, if you find those uncomfortable, consider wearing a slip or pantliner between your panty and garment. If this doesn't work, consider a long-leg style shapewear brief.


Q: I need more control, should I go down a size?


Absolutely not! A smaller size won't fit properly and may be painful. Shapewear comes in levels of control: light control, moderate control, firm control and extra firm control. Instead of going down a size, go up a control level.


Q: When is the right time to buy a maternity bra?


The right time is as soon as your breasts begin to swell and become tender. Maternity bras are different from normal bras in that they are specially designed to give extra support. They are also made to fit comfortably on the first (tightest) hook early in your pregnancy and adjust to the final (loosest) hook by your last trimester. However, it is not unusual for women to need a whole new size bra towards the end. Most mothers-to-be need to start wearing a maternity bra by the fourth month of pregnancy.


Q: What is the best way to launder my bras?


You can wash your bra in the washing machine, but make sure it is hooked together to avoid tangling or hooking onto other clothing. It is always a good idea to put bras in a lingerie bag to keep them separate (see our etcetera department). Wash on delicate cycle in cool water with gentle detergent. And don't ever put your bras in the dryer. Heat breaks down the spandex. A bra gets a lot of wear and tear anyway. So keep it away from the dryer.

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