Wednesday, November 16, 2011

wardrobe wednesday: the brassiere

People often ask us what the most important item in a "nice" closet is? While there are key basics to every fabulous wardrobe, it is the foundation, our building blocks, that can completely transform and serve as the canvas for our entire look.

Surprisingly it's one of the most missed.

What are we taking about?

The brassiere.
The bra.
The over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder.

Don't believe me? TIME recently reported that between 70% to 85% of women are shoving the gals into too-small cups or allowing them to float freely in a draping sling. We-thinks neither of those is such a pretty sight.

Wearing a well-made and the right sized lacy bodice can make us look 10, even 20 pounds lighter ( I can attest, for someone who is quite, well, shall we say.. well endowed?) ( If you're DD and over, you'll appreciate this).

Transforming your basic T, you'll feel like you have a whole new wardrobe. Because you actually will. Go for a fitting (and not at Victoria's Secret either). You'll feel like a whole new person. May we suggest a high-end department or lingerie specialty store. It seems like a lot for just a silly bra, but we're begging you, it's the best time/money investment you'll ever make.

Once you know your "actual" size- not just what your mother or sister told you when you were 12 (okay maybe not all of us started wearing a bra at 12, like us.. ugh), invest in 1-2 (our favorites include Chantelle, Wacoal, Calvin Klein) and then scour the Marshall's, The TJ Maxx's and the Loehman's of the world for the rest. Your wardrobe, gals and the rest of the population will thank you.

Get: The right sized, perfect fitting bra

Do: Wash and care for it properly

Wash them: After 3 to 4 wears.

They can withstand a few wearings, unlike most of our shirts. However, give them a 24-hour break between wears so the elastic can recover. Try a rotation system: Line them up in a drawer. (In the a.m., take a bra from the front, then send it to the back of the line in the p.m.)

How: Use a gentle detergent, like Dreft and put it in one of these fabulous bra bags from Tide. What, did you think we'd suggest "hand-washing?" We're not that crazy!


  1. funny post.
    i Love your blog. your vibe and style are great. Would love it if youd check out mine and follow me back if you like, it also features my recently launched scarf line 'Charlotte & Lisa'

  2. such a great post!! and i learned some new info :)


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