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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…

how to wash your bra

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.

how to wash your bra

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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Luxury, Fashion and Function – What’s Not To Love About Empreinte?

I know that for the majority of us, putting a lot of thought into what we wear under our clothes is usually the last thing on our minds. But after a long day at the office or chasing after the kids, what is the first thing to wiggle out of place, start to chafe or ride it’s way up your backside? Right – those sneaky, ill-fitting undergarments.

Likewise, how many of us are willing to make an investment into our lingerie wardrobes on an annual basis? We don’t always think about the quality, comfort and fit of our bras and panties when crossing them off our shopping list. We find something that looks like it will do the job and we’re onto the next task.

But what if we took a few extra minutes and truly made an vested interest in our selves and what we put on our bodies; to truly honour our figures, our daily comfort and our closets – all with one bra? I assure you that the pay off is well worth it.

And since 1946, Empreinte has been here to help us reach our luxurious bras goals and to set us on the path towards our best breast life.


Empreinte Nikki in Denim

Empreinte is a luxury lingerie brand from France with a focus on building a better and more glamourous bra experience for every woman. Lingerie from Empreinte is built with wearability, comfort and luxury in mind; their bras are created unlike any others in the world. Every Empreinte bra is made with the full busted woman in mind.


Empreinte Anna in Boise de Rose

  1. Their gorgeous cups are always made from tulle, lace or microfibre to provide a sturdy, reliable and durable fit. There is no elastane fibres in their cups, like many other brands. Overtime, the cups will not lose their shape and will hold you securely all day long.
  2. The back bands have been researched and designed so that they will always return to their original shape. Again, these are not features like many other brands that will stretch and loose their fit over time.
  3. Empreinte bras have a “chimney” back: a special construction that centers and balances the weight of the breasts, creating a balance between the middle of the back. Comfort and long wear are always the main goals. The straps are designed to ensure that they will not slip off your shoulders as the day wears on.
  4. Empreinte’s bra straps have a low degree of elasticity, only stretching 30% unlike the industry standard,  50% stretch.  Empreinte’s specific elasticity guarantees a longer life for the bra. And less stretch means a higher and firmer looking breast.
  5. Empreinte uses a full, closed underwire in the underside of each bra. A closed underwire is extremely slimming and slenderizing. Their underwires are thicker and more sturdy than standard bras, ensuring they lie flat on the body and do not twist.


Empreinte Melody in Gold

With hand made detailing and architecturally inspired shapes and designs, there is a lot of extra love that goes into the creation of each Empreinte style. And yes, the price of each piece reflects all of these amazing benefits.

These luxurious items are absolutely investment pieces for your wardrobe. But with gentle care, each Empreinte piece will more than pay for itself time and time again.


Empreinte Carolyn in Pourpre

I was skeptical of the price differences when I first encountered Empreinte in comparison to other high end brands. As a large busted woman, would the expenditure be worthwhile? But after I slipped the proper fitting and exactingly placed Cassiopee onto my frame and saw my new figure under my clothes, I was sold. I have never experienced such a life changing piece of clothing. The rounded shape, close fitting underwire and gorgeous lace have made this one of my most favourite articles of clothing and I still revel with delight every time I put it on. Paired with the matching shorts, this is easily one of my husband’s most favourite looks as well.



Empreinte Cassiopee in Black

Every season there is a new collection of colours and breath-taking styles from Empreinte. The hand stitched lace embroidery, elegant charm or bow details and deliciously designed matching panties make these collections a must see ever year. I always look forward to trying the new collections on and dreaming about what to treat myself to for the coming year.


Empreinte Anna in Lagoon

Be sure to consider the revolutionary power of a luxurious and uplifting bra such as the many beautiful offerings from Empreinte the next time you stop by Forever Yours Lingerie for your next fitting.

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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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