Hello, happy Thursday! Let me know if this has happened to you: you’re doing laundry one day and all of a sudden it hits you, you can’t quite recall the last time you added to or replaced your underwear collection. Going through that underwear drawer is just as important as an annual (or biannual) closet cleanse. And while taking good care of your intimates can add lifespan to their elastic and lace, at some point, it’s time to part ways and start fresh.
Well, it happened to me a couple weeks ago. I realized that It had been two years since I bought a new pair of underwear or a bra. Which is a decent amount of time. Especially considering I lost a few pounds over those two years. Since my pants size changed, what made me think my two to three-year old underwear would be my best bet?
Here’s another thing that you might identify with: I am not particularly fond of bra shopping. I certainly don’t enjoy trying things on in the store. So as an online underwear shopper, I am wracked with anxiety over sizing and fit. Even though I know my measurements, and what bra shapes work for my body, I always have problems like, slipping straps and cups that gap when I sit down. Did I mention I have no love for underwires?
Today, Kelly shares a new-to-the-blog brand: Negative Underwear
The individual pieces are shoppable via text and image widgets
Plus tips for washing and care of intimate pieces
So I am excited today, to share with you a new-to-the-blog brand: Negative Underwear. You may have noticed the proliferance of new underwear brands – especially if you are on social media, the advertising is everywhere. I have had pretty good luck in the past with tried and true brands I shopped at Nordstrom, like Natori and Spanx. But for this underwear refresh, I wanted something new and different.
I made a mental checklist of what I wanted: wireless, hook and eye back closure and a good range of colors. When it comes to underwear, I am pretty utilitarian. The underwear must be comfortable enough for me to forget it’s there, but it must do its job. I am not a fan of frilly…I want simple, yet pretty underwear. Maybe even slightly spicy…LOL.
After trying a few brands like Cuup and Pepper with mixed results, I decided to try Negative Underwear. I went with two bras at first. The Glacé Triangle Bra in both buff and navy.
This style had everything I was looking for and the fit was a dream: no cup gap, but also no boob hanging over the cups; the wide hook and eye closure band provided more support than you’d expect; and overall the bra is exceptionally comfortable.
Now, don’t think that a larger-bosomed woman can’t go without an underwire. Negative Underwear does a great job of showing large-bosomed models wearing their wireless bras. And after reading through the online reviews, many large-bosomed women are singing the praises of the fit and comfort of Negative Underwear wireless bras. However, if you’re a die-hard underwire gal, they have a great selection of underwire bras too! In fact they have nursing bras and sizing to DDD-G.
After my success with the The Glacé Triangle Bra, I went back to the Negative Underwear Website to flesh out the rest of my intimates overhaul. I ordered a variety of bra styles and colors along with underpants and sleepwear.
For the most part, I am a full coverage kind of gal when it comes to underpants. I like the functionality and vintage look of high-waist, low cut leg briefs. The exception is wearing a thong brief for certain pants.
For my total underwear overhaul, I went with the Sieve High Waist Brief, in a variety of colors. Not only do I like the look of these briefs, their main material is a nylon and spandex micromesh that works like shapewear but doesn’t feel like it. Which I like because who doesn’t love a smooth silhouette?
I sleep in underwear, rather than pajamas. So, refreshing that part of my intimates collection is important too. I went with a few pairs of the Whipped High Rise Brief. And I decided to try the Whipped Boxer and the Whipped A-Top. The whipped boxers are super comfortable for sleepwear. Same with the A-Top. The entire Whipped line is light as a feather.
When the box arrived, each piece was packaged in its own bag. Which felt like excessive packaging, but then again these are intimates, so part of me felt like the individual wrapping was ok. I took everything out of its packaging and organized each item by style. Then I tried on one piece of each style.
Everything fit beautifully. So I then went about cutting each tag off with scissors. I closed the hook and eyes on the bras and organized three piles for washing. One for bras, one for underpants and one for sleepwear.
Each pile went into its own mesh wash bag. By the way, it’s really handy to have several wash bags in different sizes for intimates, knits, etc. I washed the three bags together on the delicate cycle, with a delicates laundry soap. When they came out, I hung everything to dry on my folding laundry rack.
A note: Negative Underwear suggests drying their pieces flat. I don't have the space to lay all my washing flat. I used my drying rack and everything came out just fine. Most everything was dry in about 30 minutes.
You don’t have to be “into” lingerie, or even like frilly, lacy underwear to feel good and confident in your underpinnings. I know that by overhauling my intimates with well-fitting pieces that make me smile, I look forward to that part of my outfit planning and dressing each day. It's uplifting and confidence-boosting to have a good foundation for your outfit.
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Yes, when I wash my underwear I always think that I need to purchase new items but I dread the thought of shopping for bras that have appropirate cup sizes and straps that don’t need constant tightening. Thanks for this introduction to new brands that I will look into on my next shopping trip. Also, I tend to receive my daily Style at a Certain Age in my mailbox later in the day so I hope you see that I’m so appreciative of today’s information!
Hello Mary, Thank you for stopping by and dropping me a line today. I am so glad you found this post informative and I hope you take a look at Negative Underwear, and that you find something to try! Take care, xo Kelly
Great post, Kelly! I definitely need to refresh my intimates. Thanks for introducing me to the Negative brand. I hadn’t heard of it before.
Hi Nancy, It’s my pleasure to introduce a brand new to you; thanks so much for stopping by! xo Kelly
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