We all know that lingerie is one of the most delicate items we own, and as such, it requires additional thought when it comes to cleaning. Unlike clothing, which literally has washing instructions laid out in black and white on the label, there's a big grey area surrounding bra care.
Should we simply throw them in the wash with similar colours, or should we be doing dedicated loads? Is hand-washing really the better option? And just how often should you wash your bras, anyway? We have lots of questions, so we decided to seek out the answers.
In an attempt to understand the washing etiquette of our smalls, we turned to an expert on the subject. Debora Ramos, La Perla's development manager (who has been with the lingerie giant for over 20 years), for her expert opinion on the matter. As it turns out, we've been making this whole bra-washing business a lot more complicated than need be...
Here is her definitive guide and tips on how often you should wash your bra and the best methods for doing so.
1. Get Into a Routine
"Typically bras can be worn twice before they need to be washed," reveals Ramos. "As they have immediate contact with the skin, they need to be kept as hygienic as possible at all times. I recommend having three or four comfortable bras that you wear regularly, which should mean you're never left without a clean one to wear."
2. Hand Wash is Best
"As many of La Perla's designs are crafted using artisan heritage techniques and are incredibly delicate, I'd always recommend hand-washing. I even hand-wash my T-shirt bras, as I find it helps them keep their shape longer," says Ramos.
3. Consider the Temperature
"Choosing the temperature can be tricky. Too cold and it won't clean the bras properly; too hot and you could risk damaging the fabric (and your hands!). Tepid water is the ideal solution," advises Ramos.
4. If You Must Machine-Wash...
"I understand hand-washing might seem like a chore, so if you insist on machine-washing your bras, always ensure the hooks of the bra are fastened together to stop them from snagging the material or other garments," says Ramos. "Better yet, place them in a separate washing bag to keep them safe."
Now that you know exactly how to clean and care for your bras, take a moment to peruse these pretty styles.
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The embroidery on this bra is more premium than its price tag suggests.
This proves that gorgeous lingerie doesn't have to break the bank.
Dora Larsen plays with colour combinations in such a beautiful way.
This pack includes a white and black version of this bra, giving you more bang for your buck.
This just might be the sexiest T-shirt bra we've ever laid eyes on.
This tyle makes for a chic change from classic nude or grey without risk of shining through the majority of your tops.
I can't believe I've gone this long without knowing COS had a beautiful lingerie collection.
These straps are detachable, making this an incredibly versatile bra for the money.
Trust us—you'll wear this navy number just as much as traditional black underwear.
The straps on this style are beyond gorgeous.
This sheer lace style was made to be worn with satin or silk.
If you like cute and colourful lingerie, look to Love Stories.
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
Opening image: @mynameisdiana
Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.
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