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Cheap bras are everywhere and they’re always really tempting. After all, a bra is just flimsy bits of fabric with some hooks and wires, right? Wrong. The bra you choose to buy effects all elements of the fashion industry and the planet, from the water that is used to process fabrics to the labor that is used to make and sell it.

A simple bra is part of a complicated fashion eco-system that influences the world as a whole. Your choices can make it better or worse!

To find out why a cheap bra may end costing you more in the long run, read on. 

All bras at every price point require hand labor.

Automation is coming for humans and our jobs sooner rather than later, but bras are one of the few items that are exempt from that. Every bra sold, from $20 to $200 requires lots of delicate hand-sewing and manipulation of difficult fabrics. The Rana Plaza collapse years ago shows us what much of that labor looks like. If your bra costs $20 retail, how much do you think the person who made it got paid? The answer is pretty simple: not much.

A bra can have up to 48 separate parts.

A bra is a big complicated puzzle that a human puts together. A bra can have up to 48 different parts, all of which have to be manufactured and ordered from different sources. Some brands even design and produce their own parts to improve fit, which is even more complicated. How much would you charge to put together a 48 piece puzzle?

Related: A Guide To The Different Parts Of A Bra And What They Do

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Fabric production is bad for the environment.

I love fashion, but I also love having water to drink. While many aspects of fashion aren’t environmentally friendly, fabric production is the worst part. Do you know it can take up to 2,700 liters of water to make one basic cotton t-shirt? That’s three years of drinking water for one person! Pollution is also a huge side effect of fabric production, as are the pesticides, dyes, and chemicals that are used to make fabrics.

Cheap bras come in a comparatively small size range.

If you wear a DD cup or have a small or large band size, you probably won’t be able to find any cheap bras that actually fit you! Squeezing into a bra that is too small or too large can cause serious discomfort over time, so it’s better to treat yourself to a bra that actually fits if you can.

A quality bra is cheaper per wear than a budget one.

Buying a quality bra not only saves water and helps the planet, but it’s also easier on your bank account! If you buy a quality bra that fits and take care of it, it can last for ages. In the end, you’ll pay far less per wear then you would for the “bargain” bra you were tempted by.

Next time you find yourself staring at a rack of cheap bras, try searching for a local lingerie boutique instead! You’ll help boost your local economy and save money in the long run, all while helping the planet.

Did you learn anything from this article that you didn’t know before about how lingerie is made? If so, feel free to click the share button and let your friends know!

Related: How To Find A Local Lingerie Store You Will Love

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Holly Jackson

Holly is an industry writer for Parfait as well as a regular contributor to Lingerie Briefs and is the featured writer for Curvy Briefs.She has written for media outlets from The Lingerie Journal to The ToastHolly is also the owner of The Full Figured Chest Copywriting, a content marketing and consulting company that services the lingerie industry.Her clients range from indie lingerie designers to larger lingerie corporations.

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