4 Underwear Mistakes You're Probably Making! (And How To Fix Them.)

Karen Alfonso , 28 Dec 2013
Isabeli Fontana (photo courtesy | Uni I Lingerie)
Isabeli Fontana (photo courtesy | Uni I Lingerie)

As women, we tend to look at the larger picture; our dresses, shoes and make-up but most often, we might forget what lies beneath – our lingerie. When it comes to picking underwear, we’ll either go totally utilitarian or pick things that don’t give us the right fit or support. I’m listing some of the lingerie mistakes we’re probably all guilty of making and how to know better next time!

1. Wearing the Wrong Bra Size
photo courtesy | nymag.com
photo courtesy | nymag.com

Did you know that most women wear the incorrect bra size? A woman goes through at least 5 different cup sizes through her lifetime. Get yourself measured by a lingerie expert. Most department stores that stock lingerie usually have an expert around that can help you get measured. In fact Debenhams has a special bra fit service at their stores in Mumbai and Bangalore!

2. Wearing the Wrong Bra With the Outfit!
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Kareena Kapoor Khan (pic courtesy | Yogen Shah)

Forget strapless bras – we even forget to wear seamless or t-shirt bras under our tight blouses. Make sure you wear the correct bra for your top! Also always wear a nude or black bra under white blouses and never ever wear a white bra under a black one. Please note Kareena Kapoor!

3. Visible Panty Lines
photo courtesy | donnygalella.com
photo courtesy | donnygalella.com

This is the biggest offender to my eyes! Nothing is more unsightly than wearing fitted outfits through which the outline of your underwear is clearly visible and never flattering. To combat this, you can either wear a thong or a g-string. If you’re not a fan of this style of underwear, many lingerie brands now offer seamless panties too.

4. Washing Your Bras
Bra storage
Bra storage

Never EVER toss your bras into the washing machine. Always hand wash them with little detergent. Tossing them into the machine will make them lose their shape and elasticity.

Lingerie Basics: This is what you should stock in your lingerie wardrobe/drawer

1. Good quality control underwear
photo courtesy | thelookbureau.com
photo courtesy | thelookbureau.com

For those who suffer from “problem” area – Spanx is the word! If you have a paunchy stomach, wear high-waisted underwear or a corset to give you shape. If your thighs and bottom are an issue – wear underwear that resembles cycling shorts for lift and a smoother appearance. Just remember never to sleep with them on!

2. A multi-way Bra
Multiway bra (photo courtesy | Victoria's Secret)
Multiway bra (photo courtesy | Victoria’s Secret)

Planning to wear a backless or strapless outfit? Most brands offer a plethora of solutions for every type. It’s as simple as switching straps. Voila!

3. A t-shirt bra:
photo courtesy | mysmartypants.co.uk
photo courtesy | mysmartypants.co.uk

To give your “girls” a smoother appearance a t-shirt bra is a must-have. It is seamless and does not show when wearing a figure-hugging outfit!

4. Seamless Underwear/Thong:
Thong
Thong

Wearing these with your figure hugging outfits will banish any unsightly lines and give you a sexy behind in the bedroom too :)

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