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Buying new underwear can be an overwhelming task, especially if you’ve been putting it off for a long time. However, your shopping trip will go much more smoothly if you have a plan in mind. If you’re struggling to decide what kind of underwear to buy or aren’t sure what you need to be looking out for, then these tips will help you make the best decision possible.

Don’t rule out shapewear

Shapewear might not spring to mind immediately when you’re thinking about buying new underwear, but it’s good to have at least one set of SKIMS women’s underwear for those special occasions. You’ll notice your clothes fitting better and you’ll have a much smoother, more defined silhouette. Whether you’re looking for a bodysuit or a full set of underwear, shapewear can be bought in a wide range of skin tones for the most seamless finish possible. 

Research different fabrics

If you have sensitive skin, some fabrics might irritate you more than others. There’s nothing worse than buying a pair of underwear or a bra that makes you itch all day long. Sometimes the prettiest designs aren’t ideal for everyday use, especially if they’re made from synthetic organza-like materials or poor-quality lace. Cotton is a solid choice for most women, as it’s breathable and often hypoallergenic. That’s not to say you can’t buy underwear made from synthetic materials, but you do need to be mindful and every pair you buy should always have a cotton gusset.

Know your bra size

A staggering number of women are suffering because they aren’t wearing the right bra size. If you experiencing pinching, sore shoulders, or are finding your clothes just don’t fit smoothly, you may need to book a bra fitting. As your body changes over the years, so does your bra size, so it’s important to get remeasured every six months or so. If you aren’t able to visit a shop in that time, you could try and measure yourself with a measuring tape and guide. 

Bear in mind that your bra size may vary depending on the shop you’re in and the type of bra you’re trying on, particularly if it’s a sports bra, as these can sometimes run small due to the compression they offer.

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Stitching and seams

The way your underwear is stitched together will tell you a lot about its overall quality. Even if the fabric seems good, if the stitching is poor you will notice loose threads and tearing more quickly. Stitches should be tightly packed together and if you pull the fabric and can see obvious movement, that’s not a good sign. However, stitches shouldn’t be so tight that the fabric is bunched up either. Look out for signs of fraying or threads that are already coming undone, as these are signs your underwear is already coming apart.

Once you have a good collection of good quality underwear, you can stop worrying about having to buy new ones for years to come. So make the investment the first time around and save both time and money.

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