Undergarments are one of the most important things to a woman, but not a lot of people know everything about it. An ill-fitting bra can cause a multitude of problems, including pain in the breast and armpit.
While most of us know the common groundwork when it comes to buying, washing or wearing your undergarments, there are still some myths that hold up even till today. To help you understand and debunk these fallacies, click ahead to see our gallery of tidbits and information that will help put these underwear myths to rest.
Myth: You shouldn’t wash your bra too frequently
Sanitary reasons aside, washing your bra often is actually a good thing. The fabrics break down and wear out over time as they interact with the dirt and oils on our skin. So by wearing it over prolonged periods of time without washing, you not only do more damage to it, you’re also accruing more bacteria in your bra.
Myth: You should size down when buying shapewear
There is a common misconception that shapewear requires you to buy one size down. Shapewear is about compression, not about constricting how much food you can eat. So stick to your regular size and trust that the shapewear will do the rest of the work.
Myth: A new bra should fit to the last hook
Rather than try to squeeze yourself into the last hook, go for the middle hook. It provides you with a truer fit, without compromising on comfort.
Myth: Shapewear is not for slim women
Contrary to popular belief, shapewear can be worn by women of all shapes to help them contour better. A boyish figure might need shape wear to get better-defined curves, while a slim woman might want shapewear to improve her look and how she feels.
Myth: Your cup size remains the same
Most women think that once you have a cup size, it remains with you for the rest of your life. But just like your jeans size, your bra size tends to change as you age. On average, every woman would change around six times throughout her lifetime, so it is important to make sure you get your bra properly fitted when shopping for new undergarments.
Myth: You should sleep with bra on to avoid sagging breasts
While wearing a bar is an easy way to add support, you should actually take it off before bed to give your breasts a break, especially because the body has a system to flush toxins out of your breasts naturally that can be hindered by an underwired bra.
Myth: You should always wear a white bra with a white shirt
If you’ve been doing this all the time, we suggest that you stop. Most people think that white underwear will camouflage underneath white clothing, when in fact, it’s entirely opposite. White undergarments tend to show up most, so your best bet is to stick to nude colour undergarments.
Text: Aaron Kok / The Singapore Women’s Weekly / January 2017
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