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A Guide to Bra Washing – What You Should Know to Extend the Life of Your Bras

A quick Google search on “bra washing” will instantly bring you to article upon article about how to care for your undergarments. But do any of these well-meaning posts really have the best interest of you and your investments in mind? Yes, your bras should be an investment; and one that should be cared for accordingly.

If you’re anything like me though, laundry day is probably your least favourite time of the week. As an example, my daughter once made a sweet, but misguided, public declaration for Mother’s Day claiming that I was the best at doing laundry. All the other parents who knew me well laughed at the irony because getting clothes washed, dried, folded and put away is quite literally my arch nemesis.

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However, when it comes to my properly fitting bras and precious matching panties, wash day has become something I look forward to. Knowing that I am doing my best to care for my bras (instead of just throwing them in like a load of bleach and hair dye stained towels), makes me feel glamourous and savvy. By following these simple steps when washing your bras, you too can extend the life of your delicates and save money in the long run.

1. Hand Wash, Hand Wash, Hand Wash!

Taking the time to hand wash is the number one way to extend the fit, shape and overall wearability of your bras. The alternative to washing by hand is machine washing. And if you machine-wash your bras, you may notice some of these tell-tale signs that the machine is doing some damage:

  • the elastic beginning to warp and lose its stretch, leading to an uncomfortable or looser band
  • misshapen cups or underwire, possibly leading to a wire popping out
  • snags in the lace or other delicate, handmade details from rogue hooks or other loose items
  • material beginning to pill or wrinkle, preventing it from looking as luxurious as it once did

Even in a delicates bag on a delicate cycle, you bra was never meant to withstand the beating that a washing machine can offer. Instead, choose your sink or a small wash basin to wash your bras and elegant panties in.

2. Always Use Cold or Cool Water

Hot water is the culprit that is damaging the fibres and elastic in your bras. The heat will loosen the fabric and the once perfect fit you walked away from the store with will no longer exist. Fill the basin with cold water. It will do just as well as hot water because you’re going to…

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3. Use A Detergent Made Specifically for Delicates 

There are many great brands that have laundry soaps made just for your undergarments. Without the use of heavy and synthetic chemicals that can break down the fibres in your bra over time, two such options are Forever New and Eucalan. Gentle, clean-rinsing soaps or detergents that are made just for your bras will allow them to hold their shape longer.

4. Hang or Lay Flat to Dry

Again, your bra should be kept far away from intense heat when cleaning it. (However, turning up the heat on the dance floor? That’s up to you!).

If your bra is made of heavier fabrics, such as a moulded bra, be sure to lay it flat to dry so it can better retain its original shape. Hanging a sturdier bra could pull on or stretch the fabric leading to a distorted fit. Lighter fabrics like lace should be safe to hang so long as there’s nothing pulling on them that could change their shape.

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Because of these easy steps, and how beautiful my bras are, I now look forward to washing them. I know that I’m doing myself and my bras a favour by properly caring for them. And in turn, am extending their life and my comfort for as long as possible.

The rest of the laundry, however? That’s still going to take some effort…

 

 

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Ewa Michalak – Well Made Polish Lingerie and Why You Need It in Your Wardrobe Right Now

If you follow Forever Yours Lingerie on Facebook or Instagram (and we hope that you do!), you might know by now that we are obsessed with Polish-made bras – the brand Ewa Michalak specifically – and we want you to be too.

But why? What’s all the hype about? Let us pour you some tea and tell you all about it. Then you can fall in love with lingerie designed by women, produced by women and made especially for women.

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That right there kind of says it all. We should all be wearing bras and panties that are designed and produced by the very people who know them best – women! Of course, there are fabulous men in the lingerie industry making magical things happen, but Ewa Michalak remains ahead of the curve when it comes to well-fitting, properly sized and on-trend pieces.

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Ewa Michalak is a shining example of how small business principles can be used and still allow a brand to become an international success. All of their products are made to order and produced locally in Poland, instead of relying on cheaper outsourcing. This aspect is key when it comes to some of our favourite things about this brand, namely their sizing.

Sizing is one of the biggest defining factors when it comes to our devotion to Ewa Michalak. Because everything is locally made to order this allows for little variances in the sizing of each style. How many times have you tried on a brand you like in one size, only to find that the next time the cups are too big or the band is too tight? Super frustrating and Ewa Michalak gets that.

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Hand in hand with consistent production is how they categorize their styles. Each style is given a category (S, BM, PL, FB, etc. which can be found on their website and in most of our product descriptions) to help you select the fit that works best for you. So if you feel amazing in one SM style, all other SM-made styles should make you feel equally thrilled.

Beyond consistent sizing and style production, there is an endless availability of actual sizes. Not everyone is a 34DD (but we love you all the same if you are <3 ) and their selections reflect the vast variances in the human body. Ewa Michalak makes harder to find sizes or shapes: a wider back and smaller cup sizes, or a smaller back and full bust, and everything in between. Basically, if you have a body, any shape or size, they will work to fit you. They will make custom sizes for an extra fee and these can be ordered from them directly.

 

Additionally, Ewa Michalak offers removable insert pads for breast asymmetry. We know that so many women are self-conscious about this, and it is fantastic for them to know that there is a company out there that makes bras specifically for them and their perfectly unique breasts.

Okay, so their bras fit great. What else? How about bras that make you feel sexy and confident? Bras you want to show off? Style and fashion is another reason we’re bewitched by this Polish brand.

Ewa Michalak designs a large variety of styles – there is literally something for everyone. Also, they are extremely progressive in their styling; they beat out a lot of other brands with the strappy trend and the tattoo look. They are supportive and fashionable, feminine and functional; no need to compromise.

 

And then there’s comfort! Ewa Michalak bras are comfortable from your first wear. They might be a little bit like your favourite pair of shoes; a quick trip around the block to break them in and make them your own. But then you feel them soften up and you feel cozy, secure and ready to hit the town. Yes, we’re still talking about the bras. In the right style for your shape, a bra should feel like you’re wearing nothing at all and this brand provides that feeling for so many people who try it.

 

Now any bra this magical should cost you an entire paycheque, right? Nope! Ewa Michalak pieces are ridiculously affordable with most styles priced under $100 CAD.

So Polish women are making well-fitting, stylish, comfortable and inclusive bras because they understand bodies and the struggles of finding a good bra that you are excited to wear. What’s not to love about Ewa Michalak?!

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If you are ready to try out this brand for yourself (don’t just take our neverending, steadfast word about it), then stop by our Langley store for an Ewa Michalak fitting. Or visit us online to shop the many styles and colours of Poland’s Ewa Michalak Lingerie.

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How to Choose The Right Bra

*As featured in FabUplus Magazine, Spring 2017

By Sonya Perkins

We’ve all been there; your bra is gasping its last breath and you need to go bra shopping. This task is rarely at the top of anyone’s to do list, but it need to happen on occasion. Shopping for a new bra doesn’t have to be such a daunting task if you go into it with a few key things in mind.

1. GO IN WITH AN OPEN MIND

While you may have been loyal to your trusty black, moulded, plunge bra for the past five years, there is an entire world of styles, colours and proper sizes waiting to make your girls look their very best. You may have preferred a certain style because that’s just what you’ve always worn, but just because it’s what you’ve always bought that doesn’t mean that it’s the best style for you now. Be willing to try styles and colours outside of your bra comfort zone and be open to options; you may just fall in love.

2. TRUST YOUR FITTER

Any good lingerie store will have highly qualified and considerate fitters to help you find your perfect bra. While you should always purchase a bra that makes you feel confident and comfortable, trust that your fitter is there to help you find the right style, shape and size to make you look and feel fabulous. She might be encouraging you towards something you never thought of wearing and that’s okay! If you are not comfortable with your fitter, ask to work with someone else (we won’t get offended, we promise! You NEED to be comfortable with the person that you’re working with).

3. DIFFERENT BRAS DO DIFFERENT JOBS

Not every bra will work for every situation. You wouldn’t wear a sports bra with your cocktail dress just as you wouldn’t wear your strapless bra to the gym. You need a few solid options at your everyday disposal.

Expand your horizons and treats your ‘girls’ to what they, and you, deserve; a proper fit that leaves you feeling fantastic.

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Getting to Know Your Bra

Some of the most common misconceptions and questions we get in our store is the purpose of what each part of the bra is supposed to do. We love educating our customers on what each part of the bra does, how it works and why it’s there. Every part of the bra is there for a reason and contributes to it’s overall fit. An underwire isn’t in the bra to make your life miserable; if you tighten your straps more, you won’t get better cleavage. Let’s discover the true function of some of the bra’s most basic parts, it might help you discover a more comfortable and enjoyable way to wear your bra!

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