How to Store Bras
By; DAISY HEMMEN
Some people’s underwear drawers look straight out of a magazine photoshoot. Others are indistinguishable from the laundry pile.
Does it matter what your underwear and lingerie drawer looks like? The short answer is yes.
Storing your bras in-between wears is a crucial but often neglected part of proper care. Proper storage can help prolong the life of your bras, so they stay comfortable, supportive, and damage-free for as long as possible. [Hint: wireless bamboo bras are so much easier to store than wired bras!]
In this short guide, we’ll cover where and how to store bras.
Where to Stash Your Bras
Dealing with limited space can make it hard to figure out the best place to store your bras. Luckily, there are a variety of options that can fit almost any lifestyle or living situation.
One of the most common and straightforward options for bra storage space is a drawer. Tucked away but easily accessible, drawers are great for both storing and organizing bras of all shapes and sizes.
Wondering how to store bras in a drawer?
- Start with an empty drawer to avoid overcrowding or clutter
- Add a drawer organizer or dividers to help with arrangement and organization
- Avoid stacking them directly on top of each other
- Instead, arrange them along the bottom, tucking them inside of each other
How to Store Bras in a Bag
Another tip is to store your bras in a silk bag (or a bag made of similar soft material).
Water, perfume, and even other fabrics can damage bras if they’re exposed over time. A storage bag prevents them from ever making contact.
Bags can be hung up in a clothes closet to preserve drawer space. Or, if you have space, the bags can be placed inside a drawer to prevent damage from moving parts.
How to Store Bras in a Hanging Organizer
Many of us have hanging shoes or accessory organizers that make good use of vertical space in a closet.
If you’re short on drawer space, use your organizer!
Compartments are an easy way to sort different bras into categories by material, shape, color, cup size, or frequency of wear. As a bonus, bras take up less space in your bra organizer than in your drawers, freeing up valuable real estate for other bulkier clothing.
Storing Non-Molded vs. Molded Bras
Now for the tricky part: figuring out how to store different kinds of bras.
One of the most important things to remember when storing your bras is that different styles and materials will require different kinds of care. Typically, bras can be divided into two broad categories:
A molded bra contains padding and wires that mold your natural curves into an even, symmetrical shape. While the shaping of a padded bra can provide extra support and lift, it can become uncomfortable over time. Because these bras are less flexible than a sports bra, for example, they should not be folded in storage. Instead, lay them flat, hang them, or tuck them inside of each other.
Non-molded bras may have lining or padding, but do not change or add contours. Most of these bras, including bralettes and sports bras, can safely be folded to help save space.
Keeping these things in mind, let’s go over the best practices for different types of bras.
How to Store Different Kinds of Bras
There are many different styles of bras that all have different storage needs. Some examples of different types of bras include:1
- Push-up Bras
- Demi Bras
- T-Shirt Bras
- Unlined Bras
- Sports Bras
- Bandeaus or Tube Bras
- Strapless Bras
Storing Underwire Bras
Underwire bras have a characteristic wire under the padded cups that provides extra support. From push-up bras to strapless bras and beyond, underwire bras always include a rigid plastic or metal U underneath the cup.
A common mistake is to fold underwire bras in half and invert one bra cup inside of the other. This can cause damage to the middle of the bra, the molded cups, and the wire inside.
Instead of folding, lay underwire bras flat or fit them inside each other in a drawer, bin, or organizer.
Storing Wireless Bras
Sports bras, bralettes, and unlined bras are a lot more flexible than bras with padding or writing. Even if they have molding, wireless bras can be folded to conserve space. Feel free to store these bras in an underwear drawer, bag, bin, or organizer.
Find Your Perfect Fit with Boody
Ready to ditch the underwire and free up your storage options?
Boody’s bamboo underwear and activewear lines are crafted with comfort and sustainability in mind. With undies made from breathable bamboo viscose, you can feel as good as you look.
All of our bras are made without wiring or hooks to ensure maximum comfort and a seamless design. Plus, you won't have to worry about losing their shape or being damaged by folding in storage. However, if you are unsure how to wash bras, make sure to check out our blog post because improperly washing your bra can lead to even more severe damage than folding!
You won’t want to take off your Boody bra—but when you do, it’s as easy to store as it is to wear.
About the Author:
Daisy Hemmen is a San Diego State University Fowler College of Business alumni. Based in Encinitas, California, Daisy is a part of the marketing team at Boody North America. She is passionate about learning the ins and outs of living a happy and healthy lifestyle that benefits both people and the planet, and enjoys sharing her bountiful findings with the community.
- Cosmopolitan. 23 types of bras in 2020. https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/g28424595/types-of-bras/
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