We all have bras sitting in our top drawer we can’t help but keep wearing. But like most good things, they won’t last forever. So, when is the right time to bid adieu to your favorite bra? Well, that all depends. The quality of the fabric, the number of times you've worn the bra, your bust size, and your changing shape all affect your bra’s lifespan.
Here are 5 signs that’ll tell you it’s time to replace your bra:
1. The band feels loose, even on the tightest hook
If you’re clasping your bra on the innermost hook, and it doesn’t feel as tight as it used to, this is a pretty clear sign your band’s stretched beyond repair.
A loose band can affect the support of your bra. You want it to be snug and comfortable. But if it’s not, it’s time to make some space in your top drawer.
2. The shoulder straps never feel tight enough
Are you constantly adjusting your shoulder straps to fit tighter? This is another obvious sign your bra has to go. A stretched-out shoulder strap compromises the support of your bra—about 20% of it. If you’re always shortening your straps, or they’ve reached their limit, that bra’s got to go.
3. You’ve owned the bra for several years
There are some things in our wardrobe we just don’t think to get rid of, like our everyday bra.
Most bras, unfortunately, weren’t designed to last forever. The more you wear one bra, the shorter its lifespan gets. Think of it this way: if you only owned 2 bras, you’d wear each one about 182 days out of the year. That’s a lot of wear and tear most of us don’t even consider.
To keep your bras lasting longer, try to have at least 4 bras in your rotation. Or, reach for one of our Flex-Sizing® bralettes for longer-lasting stretch and support that adapts to your changing body.
4. You regularly wash your bras in the washing machine
Though it seems harmless, it’s actually damaging to regularly wash your bras in the washing machine. The best way to wash and care for your bras is to hand wash them and lay them flat to dry. But if you don’t have the time to hand wash, we’ve got a few tips to properly wash your bras in the machine.
5. The bra is digging, scratching, or leaving marks on your skin
Your body goes through regular changes, whether or not you notice them in the mirror or on a scale. That’s why your bra might feel tighter one day and looser the next. If the bra is so tight that it’s leaving marks on your skin, replace that bra right away. An everyday essential like a bra shouldn’t be a pain to wear.