How to Make Lingerie Last Long

We all like fresh looking, new, soft and comfortable lingerie. But what to do when our favorite lingerie set loses its look? None of us likes the state when our most favorite lingerie is worn out. Especially if the latter is a gift from our sweetheart, or we have spent pretty much money on its purchase, it becomes a real tragedy for us. Some of us still keep on wearing them; others however do not hesitate to throw them away.

Lingerie is indeed a very delicate part of our clothes, that is washed on everyday basis and that is why they easily lose their form. The longevity of the lingerie depends on its quality, texture first of all. But in today’s market it is difficult sometimes to distinguish between natural textured lingerie and artificial ones. In order not to feel sorry for our favorite underwear and make it stay longer in our lingerie wardrobe, let’s learn easy tips on how to make lingerie last long.

How to Make Lingerie Last Long


Use Lingerie with Care

First thing in this respect is being careful enough. Use the lingerie with care and in response it will last longer. Since some lingerie sets, especially silk and lace ones, are so thin and delicate, they can be damaged by a slight wrong movement. Especially if you have long nails or are wearing any jewelry that touches the lingerie, you can accidentally cause scratches appear on the surface. So whenever putting on delicate lingerie, like bras or panties, wear them with no jewelry. You can still manage to put those lovely accessories on after you are completely dressed.

Or if you have a silk nightgown and are in the habit of wearing it for some time in the morning, walking all over the house, drinking coffee or watching TV, you are likely to damage it as well. Once you get up, change to your regular home wear and then do anything you like without fear that you may lose one of your favorite lingerie.

Buy High Quality Lingerie

Since lingerie is the part of clothes that touches our body, it should be both of high quality, natural and soft. Of course this lingerie is usually expensive. But what do you prefer? Having several sets of cheap lingerie sets and wearing them for short periods, or having fewer sets of expensive natural materials that will serve you for years? Think twice before the purchase. Better economize on something else.

Wash the Lingerie Correctly

Always read the labels for instructions. There is some lingerie that should be washed with hot water, others with cold water, some can be put into the washing machine, while the rest should be hand washed and never dried in a drier. Give preference to air drying. If you prefer putting the lingerie into the washing machine, then at least tie the ends or hooks so that they do not get tangled and do not come out messed up. Use the delicate program of the machine, add gentle detergent, as well as adjust cold temperature.

If you can make yourself wash all your lingerie by hand, then you will save much money, of course you will lose some time on the procedure. Nevertheless, you will make your lingerie last long. If you are washing cotton lingerie make sure the water is neither cold nor too hot. A medium temperature is preferred not to lose the color and the quality of the material. If you have delicate lingerie, do not rub them too hard and do not press them hard. Let them dry themselves to keep their look. And if you have silk or satin lingerie then wash them with cold water or prefer dry cleaning.

What concerns bras, they should not be worn several days. Once they are worn consequently, the straps and bands lose their elasticity and are no longer worth wearing.

Store the Lingerie Neatly

Another important part for the lingerie longevity is how you keep them. Always have your drawer neatly organized. Never mix different parts of lingerie and do not mess up every time you want to find anything. For this reason keep your panties separately, bras together and other parts like gowns, pajamas in a special drawer. You can also sort them by colors so that to know where exactly to look for a particular lingerie. Or if you have a set of lingerie, organize the sets together. You will both save your time and not mess the delicate lingerie.

Keep these easy tips in mind and you will have your favorite lingerie for a long time. You will not regret for the investment!

Even if your lingerie is spoilt despite the measures you take, do not worry. Make a change in your life and add fresh ones to your wardrobe. It is highly recommended to change the lingerie once you notice it has become too loose. A loose bra is adequate to not wearing bra at all, since it doesn’t support the bust. Or when your panties lose their elasticity you no longer feel comfortable in them. Do not pity these items and get rid of them when they become really worn. Remember it is not us who should serve the clothes, but the latter should serve us.

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Written by Armine Karapetyan
Armine is the founder of and an avid fashion lover. When she's not busy examining the latest fashion trends and news, she's exploring a new style for herself or is pursuing new adventures and dreams. Find her on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.