How to bring calm to your chaotic lingerie drawer
How many bras do you own? If you have to think about it then you probably own too many. And like most women, you’ve probably had them for too long. According to a survey in the UK, the average woman owns 16 bras but most of those bras are rarely or ever worn. Another survey found that about 1/3 of women say they have worn the same two bras for more than 10 years (and you don’t even want to know how often women wash them - we’ll keep that one a secret…a pretty dirty secret!)
Add that to the mountain of underwear that women own (up from 12 pairs in 1999 to 34 pairs in 2012) and not only is your lingerie drawer most likely overflowing, it’s probably clogged with items you don’t need and never wear. So, what’s a girl to do? We say it’s time for a lingerie drawer detox. Sure, an organized drawer filled only with pieces you actually wear (and love) not only means easier mornings, it also can improve your mood “What you wear underneath your clothes can effect your mood for the whole day,” tff stylist Angela Bianchi. “If you feel comfortable in your lingerie, you can do anything!”
We asked the Milan-based pro for her top tips at creating the lingerie drawer of your dreams:
MAKE A LIST
Shopping for new lingerie should be done at least once a year, says Angela. Before you go, make an inventory of what you already own. “Toss what is small, big or old and make a list of what you really need and the clothing that your new lingerie should match with,” says Angela. There are a few must-have bra-and-underwear sets that every women should own - one nude set, one black or darker set and one red set. “And make sure that for each bra you have at least have three pairs of panties to match.” Look for pieces in microfiber (for comfort), cotton and lace.
FIT OVER EVERYTHING
“Whatever you buy must fit your body silhouette perfectly”, says Angela. Opt for pieces that fit perfectly over famous brands or reduced prices. Bra fitting is one of the most difficult things says the stylist and in fact, a recent survey found that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. That’s why she advises speaking with a bra expert in order to determine your true size. “As far as panties are concerned, buy the right shape for your body, a half size or one size bigger,” says the stylist, in order to avoid unflattering panty lines or bumps. And if possible, try seamless panties.
FIND A COLOUR STORY
If you open your closet door, most likely the contents are dominated by a few colours. According to Angela, try to mimic those colours when you shop for lingerie. “Let’s say your favorites colours – the ones that make you feel the most comfortable - are burgundy, Valentino red, white or black. Now try a peach color or orange lingerie and spend the day in it. If your lingerie colour does not match your personal colour palette, you will feel weird the whole day.” But that doesn’t mean your bra has to be an exact match to the bottoms. If elegance is your goal, than opting for the coordinating set is the best way to pull that off. If you’re after a more original look, try a different colour or pattern for each piece but in the same fabric.
There’s something soothing about opening a perfectly organized drawer where every item has it’s own special place. You want your lingerie drawer to look like a boutique rather than a bargain bin. Use small fitted boxes or drawer organizers to help bring calm to the chaos. Organize bras and underwear by order in which you wear them the most, putting your go-to pieces in the front making them easily accessible. Some women like to roll their underwear while others prefer to fold – either way is great just so long as they aren’t simply thrown in the drawer (underwear should be wrinkle free – try a folding tool if you’re obsessed with getting it perfect). For bras, stack them front to back with the cups facing forward and never fold – folding can cause the fabric to pucker. Keep nightgowns and robes in good shape by hanging them in your closet on padded hangers. And feel free to toss in a scented sachet for a gentle whiff of your favorite fragrance each and every morning.