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12 Underwear Mistakes That Could Cost Us Our Health

We all have our own clothing preferences — some girls like classics, others prefer something more informal, and plenty of girls follow every fashion trend that comes about. But there’s something that everyone has in common when it comes to clothes: underwear. Girls start wearing panties at about the age of 1, and by the time they are 12-13, they add a bra into the mix. That being said, we wear underwear for most of our lives. In some ways, it’s like a second skin, so it’s important for these items not to give us any trouble, neither physical nor psychological. The wrong underwear can put us in an awkward situation or even lead to health issues.

1. Letting people see your actual underwear

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Many people think that bra straps and other things that can be seen from under the clothes are something each woman should avoid. But it’s not that simple. Yes, showing off a bra that is definitely underwear is a bad idea. But if it’s a bra with an unusual print or other details that are supposed to be seen, you can show it, especially if it’s in line with your entire look. Fashion experts recommend paying attention to bras with removable straps so you can change your regular ones out for something more playful.

2. Using shapewear and corsets too often

Yes, we all know that shapewear can do wonders for our bodies. It can easily decrease our size and make the silhouette look as it should. But there are a few things you should know about this type of clothing. First of all, don’t use shapewear every day. Second, it’s very important to choose the right size, otherwise, you might suffer from various issues, from skin irritation to poor blood circulation and even acid reflux. The main thing to watch out for is if shapewear leaves marks on your body — this means it’s not your size.

3. Ignoring the length of your bra straps

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The straps of bras are adjustable for a reason. They should be adjusted to compensate for the sagging of one’s breasts. The straps are there to hold the entire construction together, and this is especially important for women with bigger breasts. Experts recommend running 2 fingers underneath your strap to feel if it’s firm and secure without being too tight, stretched, or digging into your skin.

4. Buying panties with regular seams

Even though flatlock seams are considered to be the most comfortable, some manufacturers still use ordinary seams that leave marks on the skin and cause irritation. Additionally, they will make the underwear more visible from under the clothes, which can ruin the look. So always pay attention to the seams when buying new panties. Flatlock seams also make panties more durable.

5. Ignoring the type of underwear you wear under white clothes

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Aside from leggings, there are other items in your wardrobe that can make trouble. For example, white skirts and pants also require us to be very careful with the type of underwear we choose. Of course, it’s obvious that black underwear or anything patterned is a bad choice. But many people think that white panties are the best, but they are actually very visible. It’s better to choose seamless underwear that matches the tone of your skin. This type will be almost invisible.

6. Washing underwear with fragrances

Many women love doing the laundry with conditioners and other additives that have a strong smell. Such things make underwear seem fresh. But artificial scents may cause irritation and allergic reactions in one’s intimate area because the skin there is incredibly sensitive. When washing your underwear, the best choice is hypoallergenic products.

7. Wearing bras with a single clasp on the back

Most bras have 3 clasps on the back, but there are some models with a single one, and it’s better not to buy them. 3 clasps allow you to wear the bra longer, even when it gets stretched. So when you buy a bra, check if you can wear it with it buckled at the first clasp, and when you wear it for a while and it stretches, move to the next one.

8. Choosing white underwear

For several generations, many women preferred white underwear because they thought it was basic and could be worn under any type of clothing. However, white underwear is actually colored, so if you don’t want it to be seen from under the clothes, you should wear nude colors. There’s basic black and beige underwear. If you wear a white bra under a white blouse, everyone will see it. The same will happen if it’s worn under dark but thin clothes. Experts recommend buying not white but nude underwear that matches your skin tone. It’s really universal.

9. Buying bras based only on the cup size

Buying bras based only on the cup size is a big mistake. First, pay attention to the band size. The biggest misconception is that the band size should be the same as the body circumference. In fact, it should be a little shorter to fit perfectly. Don’t forget that when you wear a bra often, it gets stretched and can’t give the necessary support for the breasts. But something too tight is bad too.

10. Wearing lace underwear regularly

Of course, lace underwear looks impressive, but unfortunately, it might cause yeast infections and other problems, along with skin irritation. This is especially true if you wear it in hot or moist conditions. That being said, in summer, when we sweat often, it’s better to wear cotton. This fabric absorbs moisture very well, provides enough ventilation, and doesn’t cause any allergic reactions. Additionally, cotton panties can be very stylish and come in different styles, so you will definitely find a fitting design.

11. Wearing push-up bras every day

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Wearing high-quality push-up bras from time to time is a good idea, but wearing them constantly will definitely lead to discomfort. The thing is, push-up bras lift your breasts by pressing on a very tender part of the body. And constant pressure can restrict the movement of fluids in the lymphatic vessels, which are responsible for transporting toxins. So it’s better to wear such bras only when you need to accentuate your cleavage.

12. Neglecting your body type when choosing underwear

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When choosing bras (similar to panties), it’s important to take your own body into consideration. You might like a certain kind of underwear, but it might not be good for you. You should know your body type and understand which styles are good for you. For example, for hourglass-shaped bodies, it’s better to wear high-rise panties, and if you want your legs to look more slender, avoid boxers. Also, choose underwear according to your wardrobe. Always try on new underwear with your favorite dresses and tops to avoid unpleasant surprises in the future.

It turns out that even wearing underwear has a lot of subtleties and rules we had no idea existed, and they actually make our lives easier. Which of these rules did you not know of before? Do you have any good underwear life hacks you can share?

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