Over the years, I've accumulated quite a nice collection of lingerie, had multiple bra fittings and received quotes from some of the biggest experts in the industry on the dos and don'ts of lingerie across the board. Most of these rules are easy enough to follow, except for one (at least for me). During my most recent lingerie fitting for a story I wrote on what it's like to wear lingerie sets for a week straight, the saleswoman assisting me told me that if I'm not storing my lingerie properly, I'm basically killing it, not getting my money's worth, and so on and so forth.
Instantly I switched into panic mode as I realised all my lingerie was currently stuffed in my drawer along with the rest of my five-for-£20 underwear and random assortment of sports bras. In other words, not where it belonged. Storing and organising lingerie? How do you even do that and where? What are the rules? What am I missing? To ease my now-frantic mind, I reached out to Julie McConnell, senior buyer at Journelle, for her two cents on the matter. She fully confirmed what the saleswoman had said to me a few weeks prior.
"Storing your lingerie properly can keep the shape and integrity of your bras so they last longer," McConnell told me. Essentially, if you want to get your money's worth on the lingerie you acquire over the years, storing it with care and intention is the only way to go. Otherwise, you run the risk of killing it from that first moment you stuff it inside a drawer.
Ahead, find out what else McConnell had to say about the best ways to organise your lingerie drawer.
Do: Separate Molded and Non-Molded Bras
Do: Stack Bras Neatly
"I suggest separating molded and non-molded bras by colour in a file like a system, with bras stacked neatly one in front of the other. Always clasp the bra when storing or you risk the clasp pulling on the fabric of another bra."
Don't: Fold Your Bras
Don't: Hang Your Bras
"Some people suggest folding the bra in half and putting the matching underwear inside. While this keeps things very organised, folding your bra is not good for keeping the shape of your bra. Others may hang their bras by a strap in their closet, but this can stretch out the band, which is also a no-no."
Shop non-molded bras:
AND/OR Alexis Embroidered Balcony Bra (£34)
A style too good to pass up.
Lonely Lena Underwire Bra Topaz (£51)
Lonely never disappoints with its selection.
Journelle Valentina Demi Bra (£71)
How many black triangle bras is too many?
& Other Stories Floral Lace Sequin Underwire Bra (£23)
Not your average sheer bra.
Anine Bing Lace Bra With Trim (£71)
A bra as trendy as the rest of your outfit.
& Other Stories Seamless Triangle Soft Bra (£23)
& Other Stories’ bralettes are so comfortable.
Shop molded bras:
John Lewis & Partners Willow Non-Wired Bra (£20)
A great affordable option.
La Perla Lapis Lace Underwire Bra (£112)
Cosabella Never Say Never Soire Lace-Trimmed Mesh Soft-Cup Bra (£64)
You'll get so much use out of this.
Chantelle Linderie Pyramide Underwire Demi T-Shirt Bra (£34)
A simple bra full of little details we love.
Wacoal Embrace Lace T-Shirt Bra (£37)
Basic, but far from boring.
Simone Perele 'Saga' Embroidered Thong (£24)
Bluebella Marseille Thong (£18)
AND/OR Alexis Embroidered Thong, Black/Oyster (£18)
Fleur du Mal Lily High Waisted Thong (£47)
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This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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