How long are my bras supposed to last?
Manufacturers ordinarily give a bra 3 months of wear. Over the years, manufacturers have made bras more comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, the fabrics from which today’s bras are made also tend to stretch during the wear-life of the bra. This is one reason bras become uncomfortable. Bra stretch is a fact of Bra life.
A customer can extend the wear-life of their bra by following Tina’s Tips:
NO washer and NO dryer. Hot dryer temperatures and the spinning and twisting endured in the washing machine will actually decrease the wear-life of a bra. Some customers see the poor results after their bra’s very first misadventure in the washer/dryer.
Tina cautions: The agitator in the washing machine can cause an underwire to bend, twist and snap; forcing it out of the channeling of the bra. Many women ask me if it is OK to wash their bras into a front-loader, which has no agitator. My answer is an emphatic ‘No!’ The bra’s metal hooks can get caught inside the drum’s drainage holes or bang against the metal drum of your machine causing chips in the metal as well as damage to your washer’s drum! This invites rust, which can stain every piece of laundry.
NO Harsh laundry detergents. The bleaching agents and harsh chemicals that can be found in many laundry detergents will prematurely damage the fibers in most lingerie fabrics. Tina recommends washing your bras and lingerie with a citrus-based lingerie cleanser, like Forever New,* which requires no rubbing or scrubbing. Forever New simply lifts the dirt and oils right off of the fabric; all you have to do is rinse and air dry.
Bra stretch is a fact of bra life! Your own body heat adds stress to your bra. You can reduce the ‘wear and tear’ on your delicate lingerie by washing at least every other time you wear your bra. Many manufacturers of quality put wash instructions on the tags of their bras: ‘Hand wash warm and air dry’.
When a bra misbehaves, Tina’s ‘routine bra maintenance check’ is the perfect cure. Bras misbehave for a reason, most often due to a common case of ‘bra stretch.’ Whenever a customer experiences any type of Bra Woe™, Tina invites them to come back into Tina’s Closet to see if the bra can be restored back to its original size.
Extending the wear-life of your bra makes your investment in ‘A Perfect Fit’ go farther!
How many bras should I own?
EVERYDAY BRAS: Tina recommends at least three  bras to get started: ‘one to wash, one to wear and one to spare.’
Tina advises: ‘If you only do your laundry once a week or you are experiencing the MenoPains associated with the hot-flashes of menopause, then you may want to purchase at least seven  bras to get you though.’
Tina advises: ‘Always try on your clothing over the bra so that you can approve the look and shape that the bra provides underneath what you will actually be wearing. If it doesn’t look right in the Fitting Room, then it won’t look right when you’re wearing the bra!’
SPORTS BRAS: Tina recommends at least one  sports bra to get started.
Tina warns: “NEVER workout in an everyday bra; that can quickly ruin a Perfect Fit!”
If you are working out at least three or more days a week, or you lead a very active lifestyle, then you may need to purchase two  or more sports bras.’
SPECIALTY BRAS: Tina knows that you may need different bra styles to compliment the special outfits in your wardrobe.
For example: a strapless dress or spaghetti strap shell may require a strapless bra. A plunging neckline may look best worn over a demi-cup bra, etc.
Tina requests: ‘Please, BRING IN YOUR DRESS or specialty garment so that YOU can make sure that the bra you have selected fits perfectly underneath your outfit. Make your day special and stress-free by making SURE that you are absolutely delighted with the way your undergarment looks and feels while you have it on in the Fitting Room!’
How many bras should I purchase if I am planning on losing weight?
If you are on a weight loss program, then Tina recommends that you plan on purchasing two  bras: one to wear and one to wash.
If you are just starting a weight loss program, then purchasing one bra is recommended. Many people experience drastic loss within the first week. Keep in mind that 7 to 10 lbs can change the bra size.
The bra is the most remarkable invention and can make you look good or bad. So, as soon as your bra begins to misbehave it may be time for Tina to ‘See you in the Fitting Room!’
Do you need a nursing bra?
With over 37 years of experience, Tina’s Closet can help you find a Perfect Fit that works with your pregnancy as well as your nursing needs. Tina recommends a nursing bra and a sleep bra be purchased no sooner than one month prior to expectancy date.
Do you need a Corset for your wedding dress?
Tina’s Closet can help! Remember: bring your dress with you during your search for a perfect undergarment, so that you can make sure the dress looks good over the corset. If the corset isn’t a perfect fit, and adjustments or alterations are needed, Tina will be able to evaluate what will be required. This is why it is so important to bring the dress.
See you in the fitting room!
Do customers need an appointment?
New customers are asked to make an appointment for their first visit to Tina’s Closet. When entering Tina’s Closet please take a number that is located at the left cashier counter. This helps my staff meet and greet customers in an organized fashion. First time customers will be asked to fill out a short Profile Sheet to help the fitters be more selective to your needs.
Appointments are also necessary for Brides needing Corset fittings. Remember you must bring the dress. Having the dress will allow you to make the perfect decision on what fits the dress and meets with your approval. Once you have been fitted at Tina’s Closet you are welcome to come in at your convenience when you need to replenish your bras as they wear out. Just remember to give yourself plenty of time in the fitting room. Since no one should ever be rushed when purchasing a bra we ask our regular customers to show up no later than ½ hour prior to closing so that my hard working staff can leave to enjoying their life away from work. Your consideration is appreciated.
Tina doesn’t just sell bras…
Over the years, Tina has helped to educate countless numbers of women in how to apply real ‘bra smarts,’ to help them have a good relationship with their bras.
This is why Tina’s Closet remains successful – Her philosophy isn’t simply sell bras; she educates women with the tools that they need to receive continual support and lasting comfort.
Tina also provides customization on undergarments because, “After all, bras are generic and women are not,” cautions Tina. Just like a pair of pants would need to be hemmed if they were too long, each bra is engineered to fit each individual customer for her very own Perfect Fit.
“I have devoted my life to ‘helping those who cannot help themselves. I know that I can help you find your very own Perfect Fit.” ~ Tina