How Often Should I Replace My Bras?

Bra shopping: It’s something that most of us don’t like to do. It involves a lot of trying on, possibly a few tears, and internal debate about whether there actually is a bra out there to fit you. By the end, your sides might be chafed from hooking and turning so many bras. That’s why the thought of having to go bra shopping again be daunting.

Sorry to say that you’re going to have to buy a new bra soon or later. Bras don’t last forever, just like the rest of our clothes. Of course, the big question is when do you have to buy a new one? Here’s the deal about how often you should replace your bras:

How often do I really need to go bra shopping?

If you’ve asked Google the question, you might be surprised with the answer. According to different ~*experts*~ we should be replacing our bras every six to eight months. Shocking, eh? In reality, how often you replace your bras will depend on a number of factors.

Such as?

First of all, you need to consider how many bras you have. Some of the expert opinions are giving the advice that you should replace your bras every six months assuming that a woman has three to five bras. If you’ve got more than that, you can likely go for longer because you won’t be wearing the same bra over and over as much. That means it should last longer.

Another factor that will determine whether you need new bras is if your boobs have changed shape or size. If you’re going through puberty, your breasts will change a lot which will likely require you to make a few different bra shopping runs. What some people don’t realize is that boobs can keep growing until women are in their 20’s. What’s more, there are lots of factors that can impact the size of boobs from medication to exercising to weight gain or loss.

Anything else?

How you care for your bras in another factor which determines how often you need to replace them. If you’re slacking with looking after your bras, you should reconsider it because the better you take care of your bras, the longer they’ll last. That means more money in the bank for you. Try to hand wash them with a gentle soap formulated for lingerie. If you’re going to put them in the machine, make sure that you’re putting them in a wash bag and the hooks are done up. And do not put them in the dryer. The heat causes the elastic to break down making your bra stretch out.

How can I make sure I get my money’s worth of my bra?

Choosing a style that actually fits is key. It’s actually the band that is meant to provide the majority of the support —not the straps. What I like to do is buy a bra on the loosest hook. That way, as it stretches out I usually have two other hooks I can use for a tighter fit.

I already talked about laundering. Victoria’s Secret customer service also recommends giving your bras a few days rest after wearing them. This will help the elastic and straps last longer.

When you put your bras away, don’t hang them from one elastic strap. Keep them in a drawer where they’re not twisted or folded in half because that can make the underwires pop out. Make sure you do the hooks up otherwise they could snag.

Any parting words of advice?

Don’t feel that you have to use the six to eight month tip as a rule. Think of it as a guideline. You might have bras that last double or triple that depending on the number of bras you have in your collection and how you take care of them.

The most important thing to do is think about how your current bras feel. Is your boob popping out the band? When you bend over, do your girls stay in the bra or do your nipples pop out? Are the straps constantly falling off your shoulders? If you’re nodding your head to any of these questions, then it sounds like it’s time to go bra shopping.

How often do you replace your bras? Let us know in the comments!

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